Emergency Medicine * Elective Course Description

Course Name: Emergency Medical Services (EMS)/Pre-Hospital Care
Course Number: ME-4131
Elective Type: B1 

Marc Restuccia, M.D.
Contact: Jeff Abbott

Department: Emergency Medicine
Sites Available: UMMHC-University Campus
Months Offered: May through April
Number of Students / Month:

Student must be in good standing and be in final year of medical school with a strong interest in Emergency Medicine.

Elective Description:

  1. Attend UMMMC hospital, ground ambulance orientation and     safety seminars and briefings.
  2. Attend weekly EM Resident Conference.
  3. Attend all aspects of the EMS clinical rotation to include command shifts, ambulance shifts, Emergency Medical Dispatch shifts and medical director clinical shifts.
  4. Complete an evaluation of the Medical Student Clinical Elective in Emergency Medical Services.


  1. Understand EMS in the Central Massachusetts area.
  2. Obtain focused history and physical exams in the pre-hospital setting with undifferentiated illness or injury.
  3. Recognize seriously ill patients and how to treat immediate life threats.
  4. Interact with all levels and members of the pre-hospital health team.
  5. Understand the process of medical oversight and quality assurance in pre-hospital medicine.


  1. Didactic sessions in Emergency Medicine, Disaster Medicine and Emergency Medical Services.
  2. Supervised practice by attending paramedics, of pre-hospital patient assessments and basic life support skills to include but not limited to CPR, bandaging, splinting and spinal immobilization.
  3. Direct observation of paramedics and flight crews providing advanced life support skills in the pre-hospital setting to include but not limited to IV / IO insertion, defibrillation  / cardioversion, ECG Interpretation, drug therapy and advanced airways.
  4. Active participation in EMS and quality assurance and meetings.
  5. Direct observation of EMS medical directors attending to patients in the emergency room and their interactions with pre-hospital providers.
  6. Active participation with UMass Medical School 4th year students in the EM Simulation Laboratory.
  7. Participation in the planning and EMS response to at a crowd medicine event.
Note:  N/A
Location: UMMHC-University Campus, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA  01655
Website: Department of Emergency Medicine http://www.umassmed.edu/emed/