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Medical Student Electives

Emergency Ultrasonography Medical Student Elective

We offer senior medical students the opportunity to learn the important skill of bedside emergency ultrasound through a comprehensive month long course based in the Emergency Department at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Two students a month will be paired directly with the ultrasound faculty for an optimal learning experience.

Course Content

Students will learn the traditional 6 approaches used in emergency ultrasound. These include trauma / FAST, gallbladder, kidney, cardiac, aorta and OB/GYN. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn advanced applications like soft tissue/musculoskeletal, procedural, ocular, DVT and testicular ultrasound. Emphasis will be placed on intensive hands on bedside learning.

Course Goals

By the end of the course, students will have learned skills in bedside emergency ultrasound that they can incorporate into their clinical care for their entire careers in clinical medicine. Students will assemble a book of interesting ultrasound images from patients seen in the emergency department complete with text explaining the case and how bedside ultrasound advanced the clinical care rendered. This book will serve as a type of visual thesis that students can refer back to during their future training.

Course Director

Devjani Das, MD
Director, Undergraduate Point-of-Care Ultrasound Medical Education
Attending Physician - Emergency Department
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
dd2985@cumc.columbia.edu

Please contact Lisa Brooks-McDonald at lm3451@cumc.columbia.edu with any course related questions.

Free Online Ultrasound Education

To take advantage of free online ultrasound education to complement the ultrasound elective, go to ww.cmedownload.com.

Application Process

Two students are accepted per month. For Columbia students, please log into OASIS directly to review the course information and register.

Visiting Medical Studentsmust visit https://oasis.cumc.columbia.edu/public/register/index.html to register for a Visiting Student Account specifically.

Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Medical Student Elective

Cornell Wilderness & Environmental Medicine is a collaboration between New York-Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Cornell Outdoor Education. Our goal is to apply the highest academic standards to education, research, and training in austere conditions.

The knowledge and skills of medical care in austere environments are relevant to both patients in the wilderness and in disaster settings; as well as to providers planning to work in global health or regional humanitarian medical response. Weill Cornell faculty who have taught medical student and resident electives in the past are currently working on other projects. Medical students or residents interested in enrolling in classes, conferences, or electives in wilderness and environmental medicine may visit the website wms.org for options.

Course Coordinators

Flavio G. Gaudio, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Christopher Tedeschi, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

For additional information or questions, medical students or residents may contact the following faculty members in Emergency Medicine — Dr. Flavio Gaudio and Dr. Christopher Tedeschi directly.

Telemedicine Elective

The telemedicine elective for fourth-year medical students is designed to be an introduction to telemedicine clinical care in multiple contexts. We will also explore public health policy and economic issues as they relate to telemedicine and provide an overview of the technology required for remote medical care.

The primary objective of the course will be to expose medical students to telemedicine as a method for delivery of care and to better prepare students for a future where the remote provision of care will be increasingly common. A central theme of the course will be that telemedical care may be a new set of tools and skills, but it is a provision of medical care in other environments, and like all medical delivery, care by remote presence has unique strengths and weaknesses. Wherever possible, we will include evaluation of the current literature on the topic with a focus on evidenced-based practice.

The course will fall into three domains:

  1. Clinical Care: Students will be introduced to the basics of web etiquette through interaction with standardized patients in a simulated medical encounter. Students will rotate through aspects of telemedicine care currently taking place at Weill Cornell, including but not limited to Direct-to-patient urgent care, telemedicine care for emergency department patients, Nursing home care, and scheduled follow up care following medical procedures. Students will also learn about telestroke care and telepsychiatry as well as rural applications of telemedicine.
  2. Health Policy and Regulation: Students will read current health policy and economic literature pertaining to connected health, be introduced to the landscape of national telemedicine resources and advocacy organizations, and be given an introduction to the current laws and regulations relating to the practice of telemedicine.
  3. Technology: Students will learn about the technology requirements and limitations of telemedicine, as well as the evolving landscape of consumer monitoring technology, both clinical and consumer driven. Students will engage in self-study in an area of personal interest in one of these domains and give a 30 minute presentation on their area of study at the end of the elective.

Course Director

Rahul Sharma, MD, MBA, CPE, FACEP
Emergency Physician-in-Chief
Division of Emergency Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Medical Director, Strategic Initiatives and Making Care Better
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Peter Greenwald, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Hanson Hsu, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

For additional information, visit the telemedicine site.