Emergency Medicine Training for Medical Students

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is the largest and one of the most prominent medical centers in the country. With over 2200 inpatient care beds and 110 residency and fellowship programs at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Hospital is a powerhouse of clinical and academic medicine. Our skill and reputation as an internationally renowned quaternary care referral center as well as our role as a community hospital treating New York City residents who live in our surrounding neighborhoods allow us to provide an unparalleled clinical experience.

Our Emergency Departments (ED) treat almost 150,000 patient annually. They carry Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center designations. Our NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell ED serves as the receiving unit for the largest and busiest burn unit in the country, The William Randolph Hearst Burn Center. In addition, our affiliation with The Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital further enhances our patient mix. Our NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia ED provides Pediatric Emergency Services for the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian.


The sub-internship in Emergency Medicine is an intense four-week course which offers an experience reflecting the breadth of the knowledge, activities, and responsibilities of an Emergency Medicine resident. This clerkship is offered to all fourth-year medical students at Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as visiting students from outside institutions who are seriously considering a career in Emergency Medicine. Please note: This Sub-internship is not offered in June and is not available to international students.

The course is modeled after the NewYork-Presbyterian Emergency Medicine Residency Program. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia (W. 168th Street) and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell (E. 68th Street) serve as the sites for this rotation. Time spent at both locations will expose the student to a diverse patient population and wide variety of disease and injury. Our modern, high volume, and high acuity Emergency Departments will serve as the classroom for one of the most hands-on and educational rotations you will have during your medical school careers.

The four-week clerkship includes 12 clinical shifts that are divided between NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. During this clerkship, students spend time in the Adult Emergency Departments at both facilities, the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Pediatric Emergency Department, and the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Urgent Care Center. In addition, one shift will be spent with NewYork-Presbyterian EMS riding in an ambulance along with either an EMT or paramedic team.

There is also a substantial didactic component to this clerkship. Students attend a series of 4-5 hours weekly of dedicated sub-intern lectures, hands-on workshops, and small group sessions that will provide an overview of important emergency medicine topics. Example topics include trauma management, EKG analysis, toxicology cases, airway lab (including advanced airway techniques), splint/suture/IV lab, ultrasound lecture/lab. In addition, students attend the four-hour weekly departmental conferences and the daily morning report lectures. Each sub-intern prepares and delivers a case presentation during the clerkship.

Visit our Emergency Medicine Subinternship site.

Course Director

  • Leah Bralow, MD
  • Jonathan St. George, MD
  • Trudi Cloyd, MD
  • Tanveer Makker, MD

Senior Resident Coordinators

  • Seand Bandzar, MD
  • Sara Zaidi, MD

Course Administrator

VSAS applicants (through Weill Cornell Medicine): Kaitlin Schullstrom

OASIS applicants (through Columbia Vagelos P&S):
Lisa Brooks-McDonald

Application Process

Note: This Sub-internship is not offered in June and is not available to international students. Please contact Kaitlin Schullstrom or Lisa Brooks-McDonald (depending on which application system you are using & see above) to initiate the process before applying to or registering for this elective.

As we are affiliated with both Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons (we are a bi-campus residency program) we are able to register students through either campuses. You do not need to apply to both. Your acceptance to our Sub-Internship program is contingent upon completing the application requirements set forth by these institutions.