Shadowing in the ED at UMC through the EMIG Volunteer program is an opportunity for medical students to gain some exposure to clinical patient care and to the specialty of Emergency Medicine. that you have as members of EMIG. The benefit of volunteering is that you are able to get a glimpse of what you will be doing starting 3rd year and beyond. For those of you who have not had much hospital experience, this is a perfect opportunity to get get comfortable in the clinical environment.
The ED is a great starting point for your journey, as we encounter patients with medical issues across all fields of medicine including cardiac, respiratory, orthopedic, ob/gyn, psych, trauma, etc.
Here is how you get started:
- Access the Google spreadsheet here.
- Sign up for a shift any day you want!
- Currently shifts are available either 3p-7p or 7p-11p, and we are only able to accomodate 2 students at a time. Please arrive 15 minutes before your shift to introduce yourself to the ED team members before patients are assigned at shift change.
- Wear scrubs and your LSU or Tulane Student ID! If you have your UMC ID, make sure you are wearing it as well.
- For your shift, make your way to the UMC Emergency Department. The easiest way to get to the ED is to take the elevator in the parking garage to the 2nd floor, then enter the hospital through any of the doors aligning the EMS / patient drop-off area. Walk up to a desk in the patient waiting area and introduce yourself as an LSU medical student volunteering in the ER and ask to be let in (or use your UMC ID for access if you have one). Once inside the patient care area of Emergency Department, report to POD 1 of the Emergency Department. for an assignment. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes early.
- They will set you up to follow an intern or resident. You will get to see patients, take histories, and do physical exams. BRING YOUR STETHOSCOPE! Many patients may have interesting heart, lung, or bowel sounds that you will want to hear.
- This is a teaching hospital! All of the residents and faculty are more than willing to answer any questions you may have about patients, patient care, and disease processes. Let the faculty know what you are interested in, and they will probably be able to let you see patients pertaining to your interests, including traumas!
- Above all, be professional as you will be working with patients, and many of these residents and faculty will be your colleagues in the future.
- Last, but certainly not least, HAVE FUN!