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Medical Student Education

Medical SchoolThe Division of Undergraduate Education is committed to providing a complete learning experience for medical students.  The knowledge of life supportive measures as well as the recognition and management of common medical emergencies are fundamental for all health care providers.  Emergency Medicine faculty are committed to these priorities by providing instruction through lectures, workshops and bedside teaching.  Based at suburban and Level I Trauma centers, our EDs have care areas that include urgent, nonurgent, trauma and observational units providing care to more than 135,000 patients per year.

In addition to formal electives, the division supports the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) activities including simulation, ultrasound workshops and career guidance meetings and opportunities to attend emergency medicine lectures.  The division offers career guidance and support by acting as individual advisors and preceptors as well as holding panel discussions several times a year.

Are you looking for a great place to do a rotation in Emergency Medicine?  Then consider the Emergency Department at the University of Massachusetts.

BOLD-EM Elective for Diverse Students: Now accepting applications!

Building on Leadership and Diversity in Emergency Medicine: July 5-28th, 2023

Open to UMass Chan and visiting students from diverse backgrounds, this 4-week intensive summer program introduces students to the different facets of Emergency Medicine and primes them for future leadership through shadowing, mentorship, and experiential learning.

We encourage first-year medical students motivated to pursue EM as a potential career path to apply. The program includes a $1,500 stipend.

The Program: A combination of didactic and clinical training will provide you with experience in different aspects of emergency medicine.

  • Success in EM Panel Series: A weekly discussion focusing on tips and skills you will need to succeed.
  • Workshops: Weekly workshops to expose you to different niches in emergency medicine.
  • Shadowing: Weekly shadow shifts in the ED to see clinicians in action.
  • Simulation: Procedure training and simulation scenarios in our state-of-the-art simulation lab.
  • A Project: You will be paired with a physician mentor to work on a project in your area of interest.

How to Apply: Please submit a CV to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.


UMass Chan Medical School offers a scholarship to students who are underrepresented in medicine. More information can be found here:

Emergency Medicine Clinical Clerkship (Sub-I) (EM-404)
For those interested in learning the fundamentals of recognition and treatment of urgent conditions, our 4-week clerkship provides an exciting training experience with clinical experiences complemented by a didactic workshop curriculum including ultrasound and simulation. 

For the 2022-2023 academic year we will accept visiting students during the following blocks:
E2, M1, M2, M3

Introduction to Toxicology (EM 4448)

Emergency Medicine Ultrasound (EM 4115)

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)/Pre-Hospital Care (EM-4131)

This elective is postponed until further notice. Please check back for updates.

Wilderness Medicine Elective (4th year students priority) (ME-4155/EM-4155)

The wilderness medicine elective is a combination of lectures, hands-on skills training, and simulation scenarios to help students gain an appreciation for low-resource medicine and treatment of common injuries and illnesses encountered in the wilderness setting.  Topics include those rarely covered in traditional clinical rotations including altitude illness, avalanche, lightning, envenomations, toxic plants, frostbite, and dive emergencies. Students will learn splinting, emergency patient transport, and life-saving wilderness procedures. We will also discuss wilderness survival skills and differences in triage and treatment in austere environments.  Class will involve self-study assignments, didactic sessions, and hands-on with outdoor sessions. Didactic sessions may be in-person or virtual. Active and hands-on outdoors sessions will include planning and executing patient assessments and treatments, patient evacuations, and survival skills with optional weather-dependent outdoor activity options including hiking, biking, climbing, and camping with interspersed simulations. Not all classrooms have four walls. This elective is usually held in early April for 2 weeks.

Wilderness Medicine and Recreational Emergencies Optional Enrichment Elective (first and second year medical students)(OE-916)

This Optional Enrichment Elective teaches first and second year students to identify and manage common injuries and illnesses in wilderness and recreational settings. The principles and practice of wilderness medicine will be presented through a combination of classroom-based didactic sessions and outdoors-based simulated medical scenarios. Topics include field assessment, splinting, patient evacuation and transport survival skills, medical kit design, environmental exposure emergencies, and an introduction to wilderness disaster triage. Participants learn to provide care as a team, and experiential learning will be stressed throughout. The courses consists of 6-8 sessions that will span across both the Fall and Spring semesters. The course is led by 2nd year students, with additional instruction by 3rd and 4th year students as well as UMMS EM residents and attendings. Those who take the course as first years will have the opportunity to create a longitudinal experience in wilderness medicine by helping lead the course during their 2nd year. 

EM Research
The department continues with its strong track record of internationally recognized research including projects in substance abuse, toxicology, tobacco, suicide prevention, bio-behavorial informatics, industrial engineering and process improvement, emergency ultrasound, emergency cardiology, critical care and sepsis.  Student opportunities may be available for different durations of time during their studies.  For more information, please contact Dr. Boudreaux (

For further information, contact:

Jennifer Carey, MD, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education

Office Address:

Department of Emergency Medicine
UMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, LA-185
Worcester, MA 01655
fax: (508) 421-1490