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.

Application Process

Our Emergency Medicine rotation is open to all third- and fourth-year medical students planning to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine.  Applications for 2021 rotations are currently open and available online through the Clinician Nexus site.  All students rotating with us must have completed both Internal Medicine and Surgery rotations prior to the start of their Emergency Medicine rotation.

Available rotation dates for 2021 are as follows:

June 28 – July 25*

July 26 – Aug 22

Aug 30 – Sep 26

Sep 27 – Oct 24

Oct 25 – Nov 21

Nov 22 – Dec 19

*In light of the new national recommendations from the Coalition for Physician Accountability, the rotation starting June 28th will be limited to students who do not have access to an EM rotation at their home institution and who have not scheduled or completed an EM rotation at another site. All subsequent rotations (beginning with the July 26th block) will be open to all applicants.

We encourage applicants to adhere to the national recommendation of one away rotation per learner. Additionally, in accordance with the published guidelines, we will delay processing applications for all rotations starting on or after July 26th until after May 1st. Decisions for the June 28th block will be made prior to this date due to the necessary time constraints of the onboarding process.


During this rotation, students are supervised by senior Emergency Medicine residents and attending physicians.  They 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. The student’s final grade is based on the shift evaluations and completion of a final exam. Grades assigned range from Honors, Excellent, and Satisfactory, to Unsatisfactory. 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.

Schedules and Didactics

The HCMC Emergency Medicine student rotation accepts 8 third- and fourth-year medical students each month. The rotation consists of approximately 12-15 clinical shifts, weekly student didactics, and 4 hours of conference every Thursday.  Please keep in mind that the emergency department is open 24 hours a day. Students will be scheduled for shifts during days, evenings, nights, and weekends. In the event that you need to request time off during your rotation, please limit your requests and notify the student coordinator as soon as possible to assist with scheduling.

Diversity Externship

In addition to our standard medical student rotations, we also offer two externships for underrepresented minority students interested in completing visiting rotations in the Emergency Department at HCMC.  Each Diversity Extern receives a $1500 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, but 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 2021 Diversity Externship are open and available through the Clinician Nexus site.  

The deadline for 2021 applications has passed.

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

Stephanie Leiviska
Medical Student Coordinator

Rochelle Zarzar, MD, MACM
Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director 

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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