Clerkship Overview

One of the primary education goals for our department is to provide an experience for medical students that is not only exciting and educational, but is an accurate picture of what emergency medicine is all about. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, students complete a mandatory three week long third year rotation. Students participate in clinical shifts and complete required clinical experiences under faculty supervision. Outside of the emergency department, students are expected to complete an asynchronous lecture course with associated board exam-style questions, as well as a high fidelity simulation and table top simulations with faculty.

RWJMS students can choose one of the following sites to rotate:
1) Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick, in New Brunswick, NJ
2) Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset, in Somerville, NJ
3) Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ
4) St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ

This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Our students have consistently ranked this clerkship very highly both from an overall perspective and from the experience with the faculty.

Sub-Internship Overview

RWJMS students pursuing emergency medicine as a career are required to complete a Subinternship in emergency medicine. This rotation is also available for visiting students pursuing emergency medicine residencies. Applications are only accepted through VSLO. A short supplemental application is also required. Students who are accepted to our sub-internship have the opportunity to apply for a $1500 scholarship that aims at supporting diversity and inclusion at our institution.

For the academic year 2024-2025, our Subinternship is at capacity. Additional inquiries can be directed to our sub-internship director Dr Patti at

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

The Department of Emergency Medicine at RWJMS is pleased to offer a Diversity Scholarship in Emergency Medicine.

Our department dedicated to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department and residency program and meeting the needs of our underserved patient population with equity and humanism, and recognizes the importance of workplace diversity and is committed to expanding our residency program with individuals who are capable and prepared to serve our unique population.  This program aims to provide financial support for fourth-year medical students interested in expanding diversity and promoting inclusion in the medical community. Students in this program will have faculty mentorship and can further their practice with disadvantaged populations related to healthcare access, education, and financial resources.  

Up to four $1500 scholarships will be awarded annually to students based on application and holistic review by the DEI committee. Scholarships will only be considered for students who are accepted to rotate at our institution and will be distributed after the student accepts the rotation. Students applying for the Diversity Scholarship will need to submit a short personal statement, a letter of recommendation from an Emergency Medicine faculty member or a Student Affairs dean, a copy of their CV, and an unofficial transcript. We will accept applications starting in May of the academic year.

Click Here for more information from the RWJMS Department of Education.

Clerkship Leadership

Jonathan McCoy, MD, FACEP,  Laryssa Patti, MD, FACEP

  Clerkship Director

Michelle Bardsley

Clerkship Coordinator