Rotation Offerings

Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medicine medical student rotation at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).  Our rotation offers the opportunity to train in a large, safety-net hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Nationally recognized, HCMC was Minnesota’s first Level 1 Trauma Center and continues to be the state’s largest provider for emergency care.  Our high-volume, county emergency department provides a unique training experience for students interested in caring for a diverse patient population in an autonomous learning environment.

EM Rotation

Our Emergency Medicine (EM) rotation is open to all third- and fourth-year medical students planning to pursue a career in EM.  This 4-week rotation consists of approximately 12-15 clinical shifts in the ED where students are supervised by senior EM residents and attending physicians.  Students also participate in weekly EM-focused student didactics and resident conferences.  All students rotating with us must have completed both Internal Medicine and Surgery rotations prior to the start of their EM rotation.  During the rotation, students are evaluated on their clinical performance on each shift and these shift evaluations are compiled to determine a student’s overall performance in terms of interpersonal relations, data acquisition and data synthesis.  A Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) is provided to all students that request one and will be based on the student’s clinical performance throughout the rotation. 

EM/IM Rotation

For students interested in applying to our combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine (EM/IM) residency program, we also offer a combined EM/IM student rotation. During this rotation, students spend 2 weeks rotating in the Emergency Department and 2 weeks rotating with the Internal Medicine service at Hennepin.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in didactics related to each of these services.  A Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) is provided to all students that request one and will include details regarding the students’ clinical performance on both the EM and medicine portions of the rotation.   

Ultrasound Rotation

EM-bound students with a special interest in ultrasound can also apply for our 4-week ultrasound rotation.  Point-of-care ultrasound was first introduced in the ED at Hennepin in 1985, and Hennepin has a robust emergency ultrasound program.  As a rotator, students will work with our expert ultrasound faculty and full-time ultrasound technologist.  They will complete ultrasound scanning shifts in our department and participate in EM and US-focused didactics.  An EM Sub-specialty Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) is provided to all students that request one. 

Diversity Externship

In addition to our medical student rotations, we also offer five externships for underrepresented minority students interested in completing visiting rotations in the Emergency Department at HCMC. Each Diversity Extern receives a $2000 scholarship to help cover expenses related to airfare and housing during their rotation. This externship is available to all 4th-year students who self-identify as belonging to a group underrepresented in medicine and are planning to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine.  Students selected for the Diversity Externship will complete the same clinical and didactic training as our standard student rotation and will have the added opportunity to participate in diversity-focused experiences. Additionally, Diversity Externs are paired with a dedicated faculty and resident mentor throughout their rotation. Applications for the 2024 Diversity Externship open in January through the Clinician Nexus site.  The deadline for 2024 applications is April 1, 2024.

Application Process

Applications for all of our student rotations are available through the Clinician Nexus site.  Please ensure that you select the application for the specific rotation type that you are interested in.  You may apply for multiple types of rotations if you would like. We accept USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 passing scores for our student rotations. However, please note that for our residency program, we do require students to submit a USMLE Step 2 score as a part of their ERAS application.  

Applications for 2024 rotations open in February.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the desired rotation start date to allow for sufficient time for onboarding.  

Available rotation dates for 2024 are as follows:

July 1 – July 28 

July 29 – Aug 25 

Sept 3 – Sept 29 

Sept 30 – Oct 27 

Oct 28 – Nov 24 

Nov 25 – Dec 22

If you have further questions regarding our Emergency Medicine student rotation, please contact our Medical Student Coordinator, Stephanie Leiviska.

Erin Karl, MD MEHP
Clerkship Director

Taresa Sawh
Medical Student Coordinator

About Us

The Department of Emergency Medicine is comprised of the physicians, physician-assistants and staff dedicated to the delivery of emergency medical services for HCMC. Emergency Medicine Faculty physicians provide emergency medical care, teach students of many types, and conduct research leading to innovation of emergency care.

Our Residency Program in Emergency Medicine, its residents, and its graduates are a source of great pride for our Department. It began in 1972 with two residents, years before recognition of the discipline of Emergency Medicine as a medical specialty. Today we match twelve residents per year in our three-year program.

Hennepin County Medical Center
Dept of Emergency Medicine
701 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 873-5683


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