Medical Student Clerkship

West Virginia University Emergency Medicine welcomes students from all campuses of the WVU SOM, as well as visiting students from LCME accredited schools to participate in our fourth year EM clerkship. In 2016-2017, we are excited to offer our inaugural two-week elective for third year WVU School of Medicine students interested in a exploring a career in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Allison Tadros serves as the clerkship director for both the third and fourth year rotations.

Highlights of the Fourth Year Clerkship:

--Students work approximately 16, eight hour shifts during their EM month at our tertiary, academic referral center, Ruby Memorial Hospital. Shift times are a mixture of day, evening, and overnight shifts on weekdays and weekends to allow students to get a true insight into patient population and volumes.

--Students evaluate patients independently and present patients to both senior EM residents and faculty physicians, allowing for a broad exposure to management styles and LOTS of opportunities for direct, one on one teaching.

--Clinical shifts are accentuated by a dedicated medical student didactic curriculum focusing on core introductory topics in Emergency Medicine and resuscitation, taught by WVU EM residents and faculty

--Participation in simulation sessions in our state of the art simulation center helps students develop their approach to clinical decision making in a safe, non-threatening environment.  Each scenario is followed by a debriefing session focused upon covering the key medical knowledge related to each case in a comfortable, interactive environment.

--In addition to the dedicated student lecture series, students also attend and participate in the WVU Department of Emergency Medicine residency program’s weekly conference series, where you are exposed to our dynamic, evidence based, and innovative didactic curriculum.  Students rotating in our department in July of each year also are welcome to attend our introductory resident lecture series called Topic Oriented Lecture Series (TOLS), a combination of didactic lectures and hands-on workshops and procedure labs.

How do I apply?

Applications for an MS4 away rotation in Emergency Medicine are accepted only through the Visiting Student Application Service, also known as VSAS.  VSAS can be accessed by visiting:

All information regarding fourth year visiting clerkships is handled by the Office of Student Services at WVU.  If you have questions regarding your application or the application process, please contact Ms. Christina Politte at

We look forward to having you rotate with us soon and check out all that Morgantown, WV has to offer!