Rush Orientation frequently-asked-questions.

  1. What is the mission of the Rush ER?
  2. What are the important dates of the rotation?
  3. Where do we meet on the first day?
  4. Is there anything I need to do before the first day?
  5. What are the names and numbers I need to know?
  6. What can I put my stuff while working?
  7. This place is huge! Do you have a map?
  8. What is EPIC ASAP and how do I get access?
  9. When are the lectures?
  10. What do we do with the review questions?

The Mission of the Rush Emergency Department

The mission of the Rush Emergency Department is to provide patient and family centered comfort and care in a trusting environment focused on an excellent clinical outcome for every patient.

Patients will be guided through the many transitions of the clinical spectrum of care while prioritizing safety and quality of clinical outcomes.

As students, you can play a big part in this. Remember that a visit to the Emergency Department is a difficult experience. As physicians, our job is to provide compassion. Take that extra moment to ask yourself, “what would I want need if I was this patient?” and then try to provide it for them.

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Rotation Calendar

This table provides the usual dates for these activities. See the embedded calendar at the bottom of this page for the actual dates and times.

Date/Time Session Resources Assessment
1st Mon
9:00 am
108 Kellogg Conference Room
How to Approach the ER Patient
Critical Thinking in the ED
Clinical Performance
1st Mon
10:00 am
Suture Lab
108 Kellogg Conference Room
CDEM Wound Closure Module Suture Lab Participation
1st Fri
8:00 am
Airway Lab
Simulation Lab
CDEM Airway Module
Airway Procedures
Sim Lab Participation
1st Fri
8:00 am
Pulseless Arrest
Simulation Lab
Pulseless arrest
Pulseless Arrest Worksheet – Complete before sim
Sim Lab Participation
1st Fri
9:00 am
PICO Question
Simulation Lab
EBM Project PICO Question selection
Group will select one question for EBM discussion
3rd Mon
10:00 am
NBME Clinical Mastery Review Session
108 Kellogg Conference Room
3rd Fri
8:00 am
Simulation Lab
Trauma Module Sim Lab Participation
3rd Fri 11:00 am EBM Session
Sim Lab
EBM Article Presentation/Group Discussion Participation
Online Read an EKG M4 EKG
EKG 101
Online Quiz

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Where do we meet on the first day?

For the Rush site, we will meet in the conference room at 108 Kellogg, on the first floor, across from the chapel (near the C elevators). This is a mandatory session.

On the first day, you will:

  • Go on an ER tour
  • Review how to approach the ER patient.
  • Make your schedule among your classmates (following guidelines listed below).

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Do I need to do anything before the first day?

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What are the names and numbers I need to know?

  • Clerkship Director: Thomas Alcorn:
  • Associate Clerkship Director: Urvi Patel:
  • Assistant Clerkship Director: Sophia Bodnar:
  • Clerkship Coordinator: Karmen Howard
    • Phone: (312) 942-8802
    • Email:
  • Pod B: 7-0170

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Where can I put my stuff while I’m working a shift?

You shouldn’t bring your belongings to the Emergency Room. There’s no place to safely stash it. Luckily we have a locker room in which you can put your stuff. Medical students have three lockers assigned to them (which you will share during your rotation). These are:

  • Locker #: 01 162
  • Locker #: 01 163
  • Locker #: 01 171

I put the combinations here, but it’s password protected to keep your stuff safe. Don’t want those floating around the Internet. We’ll get that to you during orientation. Here are the rules of the locker room. Please don’t circulate the combinations to other people. These combinations protect your stuff, so let’s keep it protected. You’ll have to share lockers, so don’t bring too much stuff since the lockers are not big.

  • This locker room is unisex. Curtains are placed in spaces to try to best create visual barriers but the space was not intended for staff to fully disrobe in public. Instead, male and female bathrooms were installed with key card readers to allow space for changing your clothes.
  • The locker room houses physicians, nurses, technicians, patients access staff, students, residents and anyone who works clinically in the ED.
  • Women should enter through the west door and men through the east to avoid cross-over through numerous staff.
  • Knock before entering.
  • Clean up after yourself. The bathrooms have showers so keep the area clean.
  • Keep your lockers clean.
  • Your locker may be moved from time to time to adjust to changes in staff mix.
  • Finally, and most importantly, respect your colleague’s privacy.

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This place is huge! Do you have a map?

Need a map? Sure. It may be helpful to keep the map with you instead of walking around scratching your head asking, “Now where the heck is room 35?!”

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EPIC is Rush’s electronic documentation system. It is meant to house all the information in the medical center electronically.

ASAP is the Emergency Department’s portion of this program. Many of the pieces will be similar to pieces you may have used on the floor, however there are many sections which are different. Therefore the training is mandatory for all students doing the rotation. The class will be posted onlineand you can register following these instructions:

  1. Log onto the Leap Online Website
  2. Your User ID is the id # is on your Rush badge and your password is hello
  3. After logging in, go to Self enroll for E-learning
  4. You should already be signed up for a module called EPIC ASAP training.
  5. Go through the module and then take the 10 question test at the end.

The gist of writing your notes boils down to this:

  1. Open patient’s chart
  2. Go to Notes
  3. Add New note
  4. In the top of the note window type: ED Note
  5. Service: Emergency
  6. Insert smart text: this has a list of note templates, there is one that is called Emergency Med H&P- Med Student or something like that.

There is a learning curve to use the system, but most students have picked it up fairly quickly. However, here are a few pointers I’ve picked up from past students:

  • If your patient is stable (and if your attending is busy), write up the chart while you are waiting. This will be a time intensive task the first few times.
  • Being unlicensed not-yet-physicians, you can not sign your own orders. You should still enter them and “pend” them. This means they are pending attending approval before they will be followed-through. After presenting your patient to the attending, together review your pended orders. The both of you can use this time to analyze your thought process.
  • Some attendings will prefer to put the orders in themselves instead of accepting your pended orders. Please do not take this as a judgement on your thought process. Accepting pended orders is a minor nuisance but has proven frustrating for some. If this is the case, use the time to discuss with the attending what you would like to order and why. The attending can put the orders in the computer, but you should provide the clinical reasoning and thought process.
  • Don’t worry about reminding your attending to cosign your notes. The computer will remind them to do that.

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When are the lectures?

Resident lectures are held every Thursday from 7am to 12pm (and occasionally 8am-1pm). You will be required to attend 2 of 4 lecture days during your rotation, for the lecture portion only (you are not required to participate in the resident sim-lab). This is usually about 3 hours of lecture time. You are welcome to go to more than the required 2 days, but unfortunately as much as we’d love to have you participate in resident sim lab, there isn’t enough for space for everybody. The schedule and topics will be sent to you with your orientation materials.

There won’t be any formal lectures purely for the medical students, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t didactics. We have several online videos to prepare you for our class time. This page has our didactic schedule. Some of the material will come from a national curriculum for fourth-year students taking Emergency Medicine. This was created, written and edited by clerkship directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) from across the country.

The online lecture videos allow us to move the lectures to home, making room in class time to spend on simulation. In the sim lab, you’ll be able to use the information you learned reading and watching the videos. Here’s a short introduction to simulation.

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What should we do before the review session?

Please take the NBME Emergency Medicine Self-Assessment Test: Form 1. You should be provided voucher codes for this.

For Monday’s review session, the point of the session is three-fold:

  1. To learn how to approach ED-specific questions on multiple-choice tests.
  2. To give yourself a sense of how prepared you are for the exam on Friday. And
  3. to cover some high-yield facts and information for the exam.

Please make sure that take the NBME test before the session Monday.

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