Course Catalog

Emergency Medicine

Courses       5 Clerkships

S.V. Mahadevan, MD

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Courses offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine are listed under the subject code EMED on Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Department of Emergency Medicine does not offer degrees; however, its faculty teach numerous courses open to medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates. The department accepts students in other curricula as advisees for study and research. All students may also arrange individual research projects under the supervision of the department’s faculty. With respect to its educational mission, Department of Emergency Medicine trainees also include interns, residents, and clinical and research fellows.

Research and educational programs within the Department of Emergency Medicine are directed towards discoveries, applications, and teaching that will improve healthcare of the people both at home, and abroad. The department’s faculty includes physicians working on clinical applications of basic sciences, clinical research, and advancements in medical education. The Department houses Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI), Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER), as well as programs of excellence in Emergency Bedside Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine, Medical Simulation, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health.


Preclinical instruction is offered to first and second year students in the Practice of Medicine course and in the Human Health and Disease module. These courses are taught by faculty from emergency medicine and from other disciplines, with emergency medicine teaching procedural skills and an introduction to the management of the ill and critical patient, as well as Basic Life Support and CPR. In addition, several elective course are offered to first and second year medical students, including Introduction to Emergency Medicine, Managing Emergencies: What Every Doctor Should Know, Wilderness Medicine, Healthcare Leadership, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response, Human Trafficking, and several courses on humanitarian medicine.

Directed reading and research opportunities are available under the direction of individual faculty members.

Clinical instruction typically begins in the third or fourth year of medical school and is intended to provide students with a basic overview of emergency medicine. Rotations are available in the emergency departments of Stanford University Medical Center, working in both the adult and pediatric emergency departments, as well as at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center -Santa Clara. Students function as members of the emergency department team, treating and managing patients under the supervision of teaching faculty. Basic skills are taught in the emergency department, in hands-on skills labs and in the simulation lab. A complete list of clerkships may be found in the School of Medicine Course Catalogue.


The residency program provides a four-year comprehensive experience in the Emergency Medicine. The experience in enhanced by extended exposure to emergency medicine in the academic hospital setting at Stanford University Medical Center, in the county hospital setting at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and in the community hospital setting at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Santa Clara. In addition to rotations in the emergency departments, residents rotate on key off-service rotations, including multiple intensive care settings (medical, surgical, pediatric, neonatal), trauma surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and others.

Residents have the opportunity to explore and develop expertise in specific areas within emergency medicine as part of the ACCEL program. These tracks include international emergency medicine and global health, medical education, EMS and disaster medicine, medical imaging and ultrasound, among others. More information about the residency and the ACCEL program can be found here.


Post-residency fellowship training opportunities are available in our various areas of expertise, including academic emergency medicine, administration, international emergency medicine, ultrasound, wilderness medicine, cardiovascular emergency medicine, simulation, EMS/disaster medicine, social emergency medicine and population health. More information can be found here.


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