Today is Thursday, Jun. 4, 2020

Department of

Emergency Medicine

Welcome to the Emergency Medicine Acting Internship

Thank you for your interest in the University of Cincinnati Emergency Medicine Acting Internship. This is a four-week rotation open to UC students and visiting students who have completed all of their Core Clerkships. During the Acting Internship, you will work a total of fourteen shifts across two clinical sites. Shifts are based at the University of Cincinnati Center for Emergency Care (urban, academic, Level I Trauma Center with approximately 75,000 annual visits) with additional shifts at one of our two Community EDs. You will be treated as an Intern, managing your patients primarily from start to finish under one-to-one senior resident or attending supervision. In addition, our classroom sessions and departmental Grand Rounds use a combination of didactic, small group learning, procedure training, and high-fidelity simulation to teach core concepts in emergency medicine. You will become a part of the Program for the month, with access to faculty mentorship as well as the myriad of outside educational and social activities available to all of our residents. If you’re interested in our Residency Program, there is no better way to get a taste of life as a resident at Cincinnati than to rotate with us.


  1. Orientation and Syllabus:  download
  2. Goals and Objectives
    • Develop your clinical gestalt for “sick” or “not sick.”
    • Hone bedside history and physical examination skills.
    • Discuss the differential diagnosis and develop a management/disposition plan for each patient under your care, focusing on simultaneous diagnosis and management of life-threatening conditions in the undifferentiated patient.
    • Serve as your patients’ primary provider, performing appropriate procedures, documenting the patient’s ED course in the electronic medical record, and discussing the patient with physicians and consultants from other services.
    • Concurrently manage multiple patients across variable levels of acuity and stages of patient progression.
    • Practice critical procedures, resuscitation, and team communication using high-fidelity simulation.
  3. Course Activities
    • Clinical Shifts: Approximately fourteen eight to twelve hour shifts per four week block, primarily at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Students will also rotate at one of our two community sites, either West Chester Hospital or Jewish Hospital.
    • Didactic: Two hours per week of small group learning with emphasis on active discussion, procedure training, and high-fidelity simulation. All students will complete a formal Case Presentation at the end of the course.
    • Grand Rounds: Five hours per week of departmental Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds
    • Course Readings and Examination: Our course uses the CDEM National EM M4 Curriculum to prepare for the SAEM National EM M4 Exam. All students must pass the national exam to successfully complete the clerkship.
  4. Additional information and a detailed description of course requirements and grading can be found on our Course Syllabus


    Please submit your application via the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Please see the University of Cincinnati Visiting Medical Students page for additional information and institutional application requirements. In addition to the standard VSAS application, applicants are also required to submit a less than 250 word Letter of Intent addressing the following question: Why Cincinnati? Letters of Intent should be uploaded to VSAS and submitted with the rest of your application materials. Application review will begin May 1st, and acceptances will be granted on a rolling basis starting May 15th. If your application is listed as “Pending,” you are still under consideration for a position.

EM Fourth Year Med Student calendar dates

  • 2020-2021 Academic year: Four-week rotations

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Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Clerkship Scholarship

The Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Clerkship Program will sponsor up to 12 funded visiting clerkship positions, space permitting, available from July through October for applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.  This program will provide a stipend up to $1000, to help defray the cost of an away rotation, to 4th year medical students attending a U.S. medical school from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine..

Download the announcement and application.