Student Program

Medical Student Programs

Teaching Emergency Medicine to medical students is one of this department’s primary objectives.

Each of the rotations are intended to offer the rotating student an opportunity to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of emergency medicine through actual patient care responsibilities under faculty supervision.  Please contact Brad Hernandez, MD (Bradley[ DOT ] S [ DOT ] Hernandez [ AT ] healthpartners [ DOT ] com) with your comments.

Emergency Medicine

This unique specialty treats patients of all ages and diverse backgrounds with medical problems that span the breadth of medicine.  This arena is limited by time, patient information and patient stability.  Practicality is a necessity.

Our Commitment

We recognize that students need opportunity, responsibility and recognition in the course of their clinical rotations.  It is our goal to provide each student with a broad range of patient care situations encompassing acute medical and traumatic illnesses that he or she will be responsible for.  It is our hope that the student will learn to manage multiple concurrent patients, safely make medical decisions based on a limited amount of data, use time and cost-effective diagnostic studies and develop a sense of care priorities and patient flow.

Online Curriculum

All study materials, with the exception of the textbook, are posted on-line in Blackboard.  Announcements, student records, workshop monographs, pre-workshop quizzes and conference schedules are accessible through this website.


The first day of the rotation consists of an intensive orientation to the department and its systems.


Rotating students are offered four hands-on workshops designed to develop, “by doing”, a specific set of skills and techniques important in the emergency medicine arena.  Preparation for the workshop consists of reading each respective monograph and completion of the pre-session quiz. In addition to the “core workshops”, students in the advanced rotation receive an Ultrasound, EKG lecture, and Career Planning workshop with Dr. Hegarty.


Each Thursday morning two and a half hours of conference are provided for core students and five hours of conference are provided for advanced students.  A variety of emergency medicine topics are covered during these sessions.  Students are held responsible for their attendance.

Mid-Rotation Meeting

At the beginning of the third week of the rotation each student and one of the course directors meet privately to review the student’s progress thus far.  During this session faculty suggestions and evaluation to date are discussed.

Reading Assignments

A list of reading objectives for each of the assigned chapters in this text is posted on our course website.  All final examination questions are drawn from these objectives.

Final Examination

During the final week of our rotations a final examination is given to each student.  This examination tests the student’s comprehension of the assigned textbook and workshop monograph reading.

Final Meeting

A summative review session is given during the final week of the rotation.  During this session each student’s pre-rotation expectations are discussed and the correct answers for the final examination is reviewed.


Your schedule can be accessed on-line using the instructions provided during orientation.


Brad Hernandez, MD

Keith Henry, MD

Medical Student Rotations

Core Emergency Medicine

Please note: This course is only offered to University of Minnesota- Twin Cities Medical Students.

This rotation provides medical students with first-hand experience in dealing with emergency problems in our Level-1 Trauma Center. Students work with emergency medicine residents under supervision by board certified attending staff.

Advanced Emergency Medicine

This course study is designed for medical students interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine.  Activities and responsibilities are heightened as are our expectations of the advanced student.  The student will work with a specific faculty member who will serve as a mentor.  In addition to Emergency Department shifts, meetings, conferences, tests, and workshops, advanced students also get to opportunity to participate in an EMS ground ride.

We are please to announce our Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for underrepresented minority students outside the State of Minnesota. Contact Kristi.M.Lamb@HealthPartners for instructions on applying.

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