Medical Student Clerkships

The University of New Mexico Department of Emergency Medicine welcomes visiting medical students to participate in final year elective clerkships. Clerkships for visiting students are coordinated by the Office of Medical Student Affairs. For registration, guidelines, and the course catalog for all UNM HSC clerkships, visit the School of Medicine visiting students site.

EMS Elective


The UNM Department Of Emergency Medicine offers a four-week elective in Emergency Medicine Services for UNM and visiting 4th year medical students.  The elective is directed by Jenna White, MD in conjunction with the UNM EMS Consortium, a group of UNM EMS Physicians and fellows which provides medical direction for multiple different local, regional, state, and federal EMS agencies. We provide on-scene and online medical control to Local, County, State and even Federal assets.  In addition to traditional Fire and EMS we are involved in many different specialty units including National Parks, Search & Rescue, Tactical Medicine and Flight Operations.  We oversee all levels of providers from EMT-Basics/Volunteers to Advanced Practice Paramedics and all levels in between.

Please follow the link to the application page for more information on applying for the rotation.

The student elective is made up of two basic components:


•  4-6 ride-along shifts with field crews in a variety of EMS environments
•  4 dedicated ride-alongs with current EMS Fellows and Attending physicians
•  Participation in prehospital trauma and medical resuscitations as dispatched
•  The possibility for exposure to other special operations: Tactical EMS, Flight Operations, Search & Rescue.


•  UNM EMS Fellowship/Consortium Meeting every Monday 0900-1200
•  One Journal Club Monthly
•  One “Capstone” project on final Monday ( Case report or ~ 10min PP presentation)
•  Various Local and State level meetings as available
•  Education Materials provided based on weekly didactics
•  Additional Readings as appropriate

Emergency Medicine Elective

The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico offers a 4 week elective in emergency medicine for 4th year medical students. We are a level I trauma center, university based teaching hospital and referral center and serve a diverse population of 1.5 million people. We are home to a nationally known residency program in emergency medicine and have active research programs in the areas of injury prevention, toxicology, international and disaster medicine, and infectious diseases.

The student elective is made up of two basic components:


  • 14-16, 8 hour shifts in our emergency department
  • Primary patient care responsibilities for a wide variety of patients in the ED
  • Participation in trauma and medical resuscitations
  • One to one student/attending ratio
  • Dedicated teaching by 3rd year EM residents


  • Student Conference on Wednesday from 8 am - 12 pm
    • Two hours of lecture
  • Optional Resident Conference on Wednesday from 11 am - 4 pm
    • Lectures
    • Skills labs
    • Unknown case presentations
  • Skills Labs: We offer hands on ED lab every month
    • ACLS Sim cases
    • Ultrasound Lab
    • Central Line Lab
  • Educational Material:
    • Textbook (Emergency Medicine a Comprehensive Study Guide: Tintinalli)
    • Power-point Lectures on a Variety of EM Topics
    • Suggested Reading List
    • Weekly Case Based Tutorial
    • Additional Articles and Readings

Emergency Ultrasound Elective

Emergency Ultrasound is a clinical elective that integrates clinical emergency medicine knowledge with technical bedside ultrasound skills. Didactics are in a small-group format, with powerpoint lectures, discussion and demonstration. Hands-on scanning will be with rotation preceptor, EM residents and EM faculty in the emergency department. Students will have plenty of opportunity for primary hands-on scanning, as well as small group scanning participation.

Students are expected to do outside reading and study, to document scans they perform, to attend all didactic sessions (5 hours/week), come to scheduled shifts with the rotation preceptor which may be weekday, weekend, day, eve or night shifts (4 hours / week), and additional hands-on scanning (11 hours/week). There are no specific research activities. There are also occasional EM Conference lectures or small-group sessions offered for EM residents that students are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in.

Offered year-round: Contact Beatrice Rodriguez for availability or call 505-272-5526.

View Calendar: Click here.


  • Phase II clerkships, at least one EM Clerkship


At the end of the clerkship, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the basics of ultrasound physics, ultrasound equipment and image/control modification to maximize image quality.
  • Describe the utilization and application of clinician-performed limited bedside ultrasound and its differences from comprehensive ultrasound studies.
  • List the indications, scanning protocols, and limited emergency diagnostic possibilities for the common EUS applications.
  • Integrate existing clinical knowledge into use of bedside ultrasound.
  • Recognize normal and abnormal sonographic anatomy.

Gillian Baty, MD
Director of Emergency Ultrasound
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Offered year-round: Contact Beatrice Rodriguez for availability or call 505-272-5526.

This elective requires each student to sign up for a Moodle UNM account to access the Emergency Ultrasound Course content. The following are the directions for access:

  1. Go to Moodle Courses Online.
  2. Create a new account with a "Username" and "Password".
  3. Contact Dr. Baty to obtain your EUS course "Enrollment Key" password.
  4. In Moodle UNM, scroll down left side navigation and click on "Emergency Medicine", then choose "Emergency Ultrasound Rotation" and enter Enrollment Key password.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective

Wilderness and Austere Medicine Elective

University of New Mexico

What is wilderness and austere medicine?  It is the practice of medicine and well-being in remote and limited-resource settings where definitive medical care or rescue may be hours, days, or weeks away. A successful, well prepared practitioner should therefore have the physical, mental and spiritual fortitude to thrive in such an environment, where objective dangers (adverse weather, terrain, chaos, or other threats to life and limb) may also be present.

Why should I pursue such training? IF you anticipate being out in the mountains, desert, jungle, or sea, OR if you are a medical professional, guide, rescuer, or traveler who will be in a remote setting where unforeseen mishaps could occur, training would benefit you greatly. If you work in a chaotic, stressful or dangerous environment, such training would be advantageous to you. 

Many of our past participants have used this unique training as expedition leaders, as health care providers in extreme sporting events or disaster medicine, search and rescue specialists, international humanitarian workers in resource-limited settings, outdoor educators and researchers, and under unusual circumstances (as travelers delivering aid in a commercial airliner or cruise ship, or surviving one or more unexpected nights out). Many participants work in emergency health care, rural health care, and other medical disciplines, as well.  

What do your programs offer? We offer personal and on-line didactic training with case-based and scenario based wilderness and austere medical training, which meet the highest academic standards possible. In addition to our renown rotation elective, we offer the internationally recognized Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM), and an exciting Wilderness, Austere and International Emergency Medicine fellowship for graduates of ACGME approved emergency medicine residency programs. We also offer exciting continuing education courses locally and internationally in mountain medicine, and marine medicine. Though our courses are physically and mentally demanding, our training can prepare you to be a resourceful individual, able to care for yourself, and others under any adverse condition. Not only will you become more confident in your medical expertise; your character and morale will also become stronger.

Why New Mexico? We are in Albuquerque, centrally located to areas where winter and summer activities can be had in a single day! Our department hosts one of the most highly sought after emergency medicine residency programs internationally, and our internationally renown faculty have had extensive experience in wilderness and limited resource healthcare domestically and internationally. Training with us will undoubtedly be one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences of your life!

More about our program.

Student Conference

Every Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours at varying times the students meet with members of the faculty for their core educational conference.

Topics include:  Radiology Pearls, EKG didactic, Interesting Case Presentations, EM Bread and Butter cases

The students are encouraged to bring X-rays, ECG's and other materials to enhance the sessions. The faculty moderator helps to guide the discussion, bring up teaching points and answer questions.

Resident Conference

The students are encouraged to attend the residents core conference on Tuesday mornings. This conference is the centerpiece of the residents formal curriculum. Attending this conference is a great way to meet faculty, residents and to learn about the program as well as learn some great emergency medicine! Feel free to attend all or part of the conferences while you are rotating in the ED.

The conference is divided up into three main parts:

The conference from 11:00 to 12:00 features a rotating set of topics. The first week each month, EKG reading is taught. The next Tuesday is devoted to a research and statistics conference, where this subject is taught by analyzing the emergency medicine literature. The third week will be devoted to a variety of topics, including EMS, ultrasound, administration, use of the laboratory, emergency psychiatry, communication skills, etc. The last week is devoted to reading X-rays brought in by a faculty radiologist.

The conference from 2:00 to 4:00 is the core conference. The emergency medicine curriculum is divided into 3 hour blocks, presented each week and extending over 18 months. The conferences are problem based and focus on actual ED patient presentations. Expert guest lecturers from other departments are often asked to participate. The conferences may include labs, such a suturing, use of ED equipment, airway management, and ballistics.

A noon conference, during which lunch is served is the weekly opportunity for EM faculty, residents and community physicians to meet and discuss interesting and illustrative cases. Each case is presented as an unknown and a participant works through the case with the aid of his or her colleagues. The ensuing general discussion about the case and management options often becomes quite heated! This is clearly the best part of the conference!

Skills Labs

We offer a variety of skills labs during the four week rotation including a Sim Lab and ED Ultrasound Lab. These are specifically designed for upper level students with a variety of prior experience.

Ultrasound Lab:

This lab features a brief didactic presentation on the principles of US, and its use in the ED. Then, we practice and focus on the EFAST on normal volunteers followed by a trip through the ED looking for patients with positive US findings. This new addition to our skills labs is fast becoming the most popular!

Central Line Lab:  

During this hands on skills lab, students learn the basics of sterile procedure and practice placing IJ central lines on specialized procedure mannikins.

ACLS Sim Lab:

During this hands on skills lab, students learn leadership skills as well as teamwork paramount to becoming an effective EM resident while practicing common ACLS simulated scenarios.

Educational Material

The student educational program is made up of the clinical portion plus four key didactic portions as described above. This page provides a list of suggested reading material. 

Suggested Readings

The following readings out of Tintinalli are your core material for the month. These chapters cover many of the main topics of importance in emergency medicine.

Each week there will be three cases with study questions for you to review. The cases will be discussed at the Wednesday student conference and through these cases we will cover the core material for the month.

Week 1

Airway Tintinalli: Chapter 14, 15
Shock and Sepsis Tintinalli: Chapter 26, 27, 28, 29
Trauma Tintinalli: Chapter 243

Week 2

Pediatric Emergencies Tintinalli: Chapter 110, 120, 122
Pain Management Tintinalli: Chapter 32, 33
Pregnancy Tintinalli: Chapter 100, 101

Week 3

Chest Pain Tintinalli: Chapter 45, 46, 47
Respiratory/Allergy Tintinalli: Chapter 30, 58
Abdominal Pain Tintinalli: Chapter 68, 69


Toxicology Tintinalli: Chapter 151
Neuro Emergencies Tintinalli: Chapter 220, 221
Endo Emergencies Tintinalli: Chapter 202, 203, 208

"Tintinalli" refers to Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide 5th Ed


We participate in the VSAS system.

Visiting applicants: Please be sure your requested rotation dates match the course schedule below, especially if requesting off-cycle dates. Visiting student applications will be reviewed after UNM student schedules are finalized. We expect to begin notifying applicants after April 15, 2018.

Phase III Clerkship Schedules 2018-2019 [PDF]

Please contact the Education Office if you have questions:

Beatrice Rodriguez
(505) 272-5526