Visiting Medical Students

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Duke University Hospital offers a four-week clinical rotation for fourth-year medical students pursuing emergency medicine as a career choice.
Four medical students in action

This rotation will help students gain an understanding and appreciation for the breadth and depth of emergency medicine, with an emphasis on initial assessment, stabilization, and management of patients with a wide range of undifferentiated complaints. 

In addition to a rich clinical program, this rotation dedicates time to getting to know the faculty and residents in a variety of activities while also participating in unique experiences such as:

  • Resuscitation: Work alongside a resident dedicated to the critical care area in the emergency department
  • Ultrasound: Develop skills in image acquisition, interpretation, and quality control
  • Hyperbaric medicine: Visit the chamber at the Southeast Region’s referral center and see the management of dive injuries and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • EMS: Observe how Duke EM collaborates with Durham County EMS and Duke Life Flight to provide care for the community and beyond
  • Global Health: Learn from leaders in the Global Emergency Medicine Innovation and Implementation (GEMINI) Research Lab
  • Sports Medicine: Learn about this dynamic subspeciality of emergency medicine in this ACGME-accredited fellowship
  • Airway and simulation: Practice skills using high-fidelity simulators
  • Didactics: Participate in weekly conference series

Clinical Scheduling

Students will be expected to work a combination of day, evening, overnight, and weekend shifts.  Optional experiences are available based on individual interests, for example, EMS, hyperbarics, and sports medicine.  


Faculty members within the Duke Department of Emergency Medicine are nationally recognized for their excellent in teaching, mentorship, research, and professionalism.  


Duke University Hospital is located in Durham, North Carolina. The fourth largest city in the state, it blends culture, innovation, and natural beauty. Nestled in the heart of the Research Triangle, renowned for its academia, technology, and cutting-edge science, Durham has a rich and diverse history, highlighted by its lively downtown featuring restaurants, boutiques, galleries, sports, and performing arts. The city boasts many culinary offerings ranging from traditional Southern fare to international fusion cuisine, reflecting the city's multicultural essence. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the city's extensive parks and greenways, providing ample opportunities for hiking and biking.  

Learning in Action

Two medical students in action
Three medical students looking at computer
Medical students looking at ultrasound
Four medical students looking at monitor