Medical Student Audition Rotations

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​Thank you for your interest in our sub-internship rotation at Creighton/Maricopa. This rotation is designed to expose you to all aspects of emergency medical care. We envision your visit to be a positive experience. In addition to hosting 4th year medical students from the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix and Creighton School of Medicine, we welcome students from around the country.

We accept up to 8 senior medical students per month. Last year, we had 64 medical students representing over 30 schools. Students must be in good standing from an accredited US Medical school.

We only accept applications through VSAS (see our VSAS page).

A completed application must be submitted at least 90 days prior to your requested rotation date for submission to the Graduate Education Committee for approval. Students will not be slotted for a specific date until the application is complete.

Due to our mission of training physicians in the specialty of Emergency those students with a planned career in Emergency Medicine will be accepted for rotation positions from August through January. As such, the prospective student rotator’s submitted application for rotation must be accompanied by a brief cover letter addressing their interest in both in emergency medicine and Maricopa. The letter should be no more than 250 words. Applications without letter of interest will be considered incomplete.

CLERKSHIP DIRECTOR

Thomas Whiting, DO

Objectives

Maricopa Medical Center is a high volume Level I Trauma Center centrally located in Phoenix. The high acuity of this urban hospital will provide the greatest exposure to the multifaceted specialty of Emergency Medicine. The fourth year medical students will have an opportunity to orchestrate the care of patients with obstetrical, surgical, pediatric, and complex medical problems. The students will work under the direct supervision of the attending staff and senior residents.

During this rotation, you will have every opportunity to perform various medical and surgical procedures. We encourage participation and will evaluate the level of skill demonstrated during performance of procedures such as wound care and suturing, orthopedic splinting, lumbar punctures, and incision and drainage of cutaneous abscesses.

Didactics

There will be didactics sessions including high stakes simulation, ultrasound hands on session, and airway lab. We use a flipped classroom approach whenever possible. In addition, Wednesday Resident Conferences are held from 7:30 – 12:30 p.m. The lecture hours include weekly Morbidity and Mortality cases, renowned guest lecturers, resident lectures, Paramedic Tape and Chart reviews, and “Tales From The Pit” (which is the residents chance to share interesting cases seen in the Emergency Department).

Experience

As a medical student, you will be expected to see and evaluate patients in the Emergency Department. After evaluation of the patient, you will be expected to present the history, physical exam, assessment and plan to the attending. You will work closely with the Residents, as well.

Your scheduled will be given to you at the beginning of the rotation. You are responsible for those shifts. Swapping shifts is acceptable as long as approved in advance.