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

Students interested in emergency medicine residency are required to complete a four-week, intensive sub-internship in emergency medicine. These students follow a resident schedule and participate in residency weekly didactic conferences. Additionally, sub-internship students participate in a skills lab and a board exam review. RWJMS students completing the sub-internship are required to complete the NBME exam in Emergency Medicine. This course is graded on a 5 point scale, and is used to develop departmental Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) for students applying to emergency medicine residencies.

Visiting Students

The sub-internship is also offered for visiting students. Applications are accepted only through VSLO, and rotation start/end dates published in VSLO are non-negotiable. Students interested in emergency medicine residency are given scheduling priority. Students can apply starting at the end of March through the beginning of June each year. Once a student’s initial VSLO application is reviewed, the student will be asked to complete a short supplemental application that will be sent to them by clerkship leadership.

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