Medical and PA Student Elective

Welcome to NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens for your emergency medicine rotation. Emergency medicine is an active, growing field with tremendous opportunities.The attending and resident staff at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens will provide you with a solid framework to learn and experience emergency medicine in a busy, academically vibrant environment.

Rotation Overview

You will interview patients, document their history and physical exam, establish a differential diagnosis and initiate therapy under the guidance of a resident and an attending emergency physician. You will work one-on-one with an attending emergency physician-lead team on every shift, in one of the areas of the Emergency Department including pediatrics and urgent care.

You will have the opportunity to conduct procedures appropriate for your level of training. These can include phlebotomy, IV line placement, NG tube placement, laceration repair, wound care, foley catheter placement, splinting of fractures or sprains, and participation in BLS and ALS resuscitations. All procedures will be conducted under the direct supervision and guidance of a resident or attending physician. If you do not have experience conducting these procedures, one of our residents or attendings will be happy to teach you.

You are also encouraged to participate in medical and trauma resuscitations to the best of your ability under the guidance of an attending physician.


  • 12-14 shifts will be scheduled in a 4-week block.
  • You will be expected to do at least 2 urgent care (fast-track) shifts, 2 pediatric shifts, and at least 8 main Emergency Department adult shifts. The remaining shifts may be completed in any of the treatment areas you wish.
  • Two shifts will be on a weekend and 2 on overnight shifts.
  • Ultrasound shifts can be specially scheduled with Dr. Poonam Desai, Director of the NYP/Queens Division of Emergency Ultrasound.

The schedule is meant to provide some flexibility. If you are enjoying a particular area, or wish to work additional shifts with a particular attending, we will be happy to try to accommodate you.


There is a mandatory didactic conference weekly for the residents and medical students on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Classrooms 1 & 2 on the courtyard level of the hospital. On most Wednesdays, students will also receive extra didactic sessions by Emergency Department physicians.

Some weeks may also include a supervised suturing lab or splinting lab.


Students will be provided with a reading curriculum at the beginning of their rotation. Suggested texts include Tintinalli and Roberts/Hedges. You will also receive handouts during lectures.

How To Apply

NYP/Queens uses the AAMC's Visiting Student Application System (VSAS) to process applications for our student rotation. Applications are received and reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. While we do our best to accommodate all requests, the earlier the better for peak months during late summer/early fall. To apply at our institution please complete and send us an application with your preferred dates. To apply to our institution, please complete and send us a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates.  For more information on VSAS, contact them at the link above, or or (202) 478-9878.

For more information you may contact the following persons: 

Dr. Sarah Selby

Director of Undergraduate Education
NYP/Queens Department of Emergency Medicine


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