Emergency Medicine

Visiting Student Rotation


Thank you for your interest in our visiting student elective. We truly enjoy having visiting students rotate in our department. Our visiting students are highly anticipated by our faculty and residents. Many of our current residents first learned our program through their visiting student rotation. Click here to read about our clerkship objectives. Be sure to explore our website, including the history of our program and our resident curriculum.

During the month, students participate in direct patient care under the supervision of attendings and senior residents. Emergency Medicine faculty and chief residents give approximately 12 hours of lecture per month. In 2015, our clerkship transitioned to a largely paperless rotation. Each student is loaned an iPad mini for the duration of the clerkship. The iPad can be used to access course information and content during patient care. On the iPad, students can review patient charts, document electronically, view the course schedule, submit evaluation forms and receive course-related emails. Multiple medical applications have been installed and helpful web pages have been bookmarked. The clerkship’s iTunesU course houses course content with over 50 pre-loaded videos on common emergency medicine problems and procedures.

We hope you find the following information helpful as you consider rotating with us. If you are interested in doing a rotation in the Emergency Medicine department, please follow this link for general information: UMKC School of Medicine Visiting Student Electives. Students from outside institutions must apply for this rotation through Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).

Clinical Experience

Visiting students will spend all of their clinical time at Truman Medical Center, the primary training site of our Emergency Medicine residency. Truman Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center with 67,000 adult patient visits per year. Students participate in direct patient care under the supervision of attendings and senior residents. A few days per week, students benefit from the presence of an additional “teaching resident”, whose primary goal is to take the student’s learning experience to the next level.

Students work an average of 12 eight-hour shifts, including one nursing shift and one or two ambulance ride-a-alongs with a local EMS agency. There is ample opportunity to see and perform a variety of procedures. We encourage our students to be active in the care of their patients, and we expect students to present patients directly to faculty.


Our monthly didactic series include a variety of group case-based discussions, traditional didactics and time in our medical skills simulation lab. Our program leadership and fellowship-trained faculty contribute to didactics. We encourage our visiting students to attend our weekly resident conferences. On months where the residency will host procedural simulations, the cadaver lab and other unique opportunities, we urge visiting students to take full advantage of these additional learning opportunities. It also gives us a chance to further showcase our residency program.

We utilize the flipped classroom approach for many of our didactics. Each student receives an iPad at the start of the clerkship. Students access the clerkship’s iTunesU course to view the course content. Students are expected to spend on average 8-10 hours per week in self-directed study. Please click here for more detailed information regarding our monthly student didactic series.

Evaluation & Grading

Final grades are based on a combination of clinical performance (55%) and National Board of Medical Examiner’s Advanced Clinical Exam (NBME ACE; 45%) performance. At the conclusion of each clinical shift, your faculty member will provide you with direct 1:1 feedback, and you will be provided a clinical performance evaluation (0-4 scale). Using the iPads, faculty members electronically submit student evaluations at the end of each shift. The scores are averaged at the conclusion of the month. We pay for visiting students to take the NBME ACE exam while rotating with us. If the exam has already been taken at an outside institution, we request the exam score and will incorporate it into your final grade.

Course Availability

Students are accepted for rotation May-December. There are a limited number of available spots and some months (November/December) are not available every year. Visiting students are screened and scheduled based on availability and competitiveness.

Rotation Application

Applications are accepted through VSAS. Applications are generally reviewed in March of each year, and spots are generally offered through June. (Rarely are additional spots offered after June). Only complete applications will be reviewed (they must include a USMLE Step 1 score). D.O. students are encouraged to apply. We are not able to accept international medical students unless your institution has a pre-existing written agreement with UMKC.

Residency Interviews

Our visiting students are automatically granted interviews. We also plan to write a Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) for our externs. This is facilitated by our advising system whereby we link our visiting students up with a faculty (PD or APD) and chief advisor. If a visiting student is rotating during November or December we them into our residency interview schedule.