Visiting Medical Students

Four medical students in action

Teaching is one of our many passions at Duke Emergency Medicine. We take great pride in training the future of emergency medicine. That means you!

Rotating at Duke offers the opportunity to experience one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals, care for a diverse patient populations, gain outstanding exposure to critical care, and develop procedural skills.

Didactic Learning

Our sub-internship (Surgery 402) is specifically designed for students pursuing emergency medicine as a career choice. It provides not only a rich clinical experience, but also individual mentorship by faculty and a wide array of unique didactics:

  • 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
  • Airway: practice using video-assisted and fiber optic devices on airway mannequins
  • Simulation: manage critical care scenarios on high-fidelity simulators
  • Hyperbaric medicine: learn about the management of dive injury and carbon monoxide poisoning here at the Southeast’s regional referral center

Former Medical Student Clerkship Director David C. Gordon, MD was awarded the American College of Emergency Physicians 2015 National Faculty Teaching Award. This is a tribute to Dr. Gordon's incredible talents and commitment to our residents and students over the years. Dr. Gordon is a nationally recognized expert in cognitive errors in emergency medicine and has lectured on this topic at the national meetings of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and Council of Residency Program Directors in Emergency Medicine. In 2015, Dr. Gordon helped to produce a video with the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA), Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM), and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) on best techniques for presenting patients in the Emergency Department (below).

Learn More

Applications should be submitted through the Visiting Medical Student Program.

Conflicts between your local and Duke School of Medicine’s calendars can be reviewed with Dr. Erin Leiman. Email her at

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