EMER661AM.01 (Reno)
Emergency Medicine

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Emergency Medicine
  • Short Name: EMER661AM.01 Emergency Med
  • Course Number: EMER661AM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Preceptors:
    • Northern Nevada Emergency Physicians at Renown Regional and South Meadows Medical Centers
    • Mark E. Baier, MD
    • Justin Sonderegger, MD
    • Reno Emergency Physicians at Saint Mary’s Medical Center
    • Brandan Crum, MD
    • Daniel VanBibber, MD

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • Students will learn the fundamentals of emergency medicine as they evaluate and manage adult and pediatric patients with acute illness and injuries who present to the emergency department.

Description of Rotation

Students will participate in the initial evaluation, diagnosis, and management of undifferentiated patients presenting to the emergency department. The student will work shifts at the sub-intern level under the direct supervision of Emergency Medicine Attendings at the Renown Emergency Departments, the Saint Mary's Emergency Department, or at a mixture of the two sites. Students may request a specific site but department availability will also be considered in assigning students to an elective location. One shift will be dedicated to emergency medical services in an ambulance ride along. Students will be taught to perform procedures on their patients including wound repair, incision and drainage of abscesses, reduction of fractures and dislocations, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, and endotracheal intubation as opportunities arise. Students will be expected to become more comfortable caring for patients with acute illnesses and injuries, to learn to generate broad differential diagnoses, and to acquire an introductory knowledge base in emergency medicine. They will gain experience interacting with patients, families, consultants, and medical team members. This rotation is appropriate for students pursuing careers in emergency medicine, primary care, and surgical specialties.


Text: CDEM M4 Curriculum, https://cdemcurriculum.com/m4/
Reference: Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, Tintinalli

Evaluation Method

IMPORTANT: Grade is Pass/Fail. Please disregard the grading scale below.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Grading Criteria

Students will be graded based on Mentor Evaluations and an Online Exam as well as Participation, Case Write-ups, and Professionalism.