Department of Emergency Medicine Medical Student Rotation Lectures and Labs

Morning report

This is a case-based discussion run by the teaching shift resident at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest Emergency Department at 7 a.m. If you are scheduled to work at LVH-Cedar Crest on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, you are to first attend morning report at 6:55 a.m., held in Pod 3. If you have questions, ask the on-shift resident when you get there.

Core lecture series

During your rotation you will receive scheduled lectures on abdominal pain, OB emergencies, pulmonary emergencies, shock, neurological emergencies and possibly other lectures depending on the structure of the month.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday at various locations. Topics and locations are emailed weekly.

Evidence-based medicine workshop

 The workshop is an overview of key concepts in evidence-based medicine, including how to formulate an appropriate question and locate it in an article, a discussion of methodology and search strategies, and review basic statistical concepts.

Journal club

We will discuss the important points of each article in a group setting. Print the user guides at the top of the list below, and then read the journal club articles provided. Please also check your email for additional articles.

Critical care simulation

Critical care simulation rounds are held 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Division of Education building at 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. During this interactive learning event, students and residents will be instructed on how to properly manage the airway, perform a lumbar puncture and place a central venous catheter. They also will participate in and be required to lead simulation cases. Simulation cases may include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular, respiratory and toxicological emergencies. Complete the designated procedure self-study modules on the LVHN intranet before the simulation.

Trauma simulation

Trauma simulation rounds are held 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the Division of Education building at 1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Simulations will include examples of penetrating and blunt trauma. Emphasis will be on procedural competency in cricothyrotomy, chest tube placement and intraosseous insertion. Complete the designated procedure self-study modules on the LVHN intranet before the simulation.

Suture/orthopedic labs

On the first Tuesday of each month, our emergency medicine physician assistants teach suturing and splinting techniques during a three-hour lab session. The suture lab handbook contains helpful information to prepare you for the techniques shown during the lab. Please click below to download the suture lab resources. To prepare for the orthopedic lab, review the pertinent procedures consult self-study modules on the LVHN intranet prior to the lab.

The Surgery Education Center is located in the basement of the Kasych Pavilion on the LVH-Cedar Crest campus.

Suture lab resources:

Autopsy (optional)

This experience will provide an opportunity to observe an autopsy. Sessions will be held in the LVHN morgue, located in the basement of the Kasych Pavilion at LVH-Cedar Crest. No more than two students will be assigned per day.

EMS ride-along (optional)

Download the ride-along release and indemnity agreement.

Practical ultrasound experience (optional)

Spend some time getting valuable hands-on experience with the ultrasound machine on patients in the ED under the supervision of a senior resident. 

Ultrasound experience

Ultrasound is an essential diagnostic and procedural tool in the current emergency medicine setting. There are several ultrasound machines available for student and resident use in all of the emergency departments at LVHN. You are encouraged to use the ultrasound machines under resident or attending guidance while working in the emergency department. You will be provided with a hands-on experience by our ultrasound faculty and/or senior residents. This will usually be held 12-3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the fourth-floor conference room at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. Please browse the ultrasound lectures from the list below at your convenience during your rotation.

Toxicology experience

You are invited to attend the toxicology daily educationals and/or rounds with one of our toxicologists or fellows. Topics discussed will be the assessment and management of the poisoned patient including recognition of certain toxidromes, proper decontamination strategies and utilization of antidotes for common and less common conditions. There may also be opportunities to assess toxicological patients. Review the self-study module on the approach to the poisoned patient at this link prior to this session. 

Virtual lectures

Virtual lectures were created by Dr. Michelle Lin for emergency medicine clerkship students. Please review and focus on the EKG interpretation and chest pain links. Dr. Lin's website Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) is a valuable resource. UCSF provides podcasts on wound care, splinting and other procedures.