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The Stanford Medical School Experience

Learn from the Best – At One of the Top Schools in the World

If you want to be the best, learn from the best. Stanford Advanced Emergency Medicine delivers an extraordinary opportunity to learn directly from world-renowned Stanford University School of Medicine professors, staff and students, all fully invested in your medical education and career planning. You’ll gain remarkable insight and hands-on instruction through a unique program combining college-level lectures, workshops, case studies, and true-to-life simulations.

Immersed in the world of Stanford’s School of Medicine, you’ll have access to state-of-the art medical labs, technology, research, and equipment. With this unparalleled caliber of setting and staff, Stanford Advanced Emergency Medicine is the only medical training experience of its kind.


Code Black

Reaction time can mean the difference between life and death in emergency situations. Evaluate your performance under pressure as you meet the challenge of a real-world hospital crisis simulation. Experience a Code Black: 

            • Patient triage and transport
            • Chest compressions
            • Breathing/ventilation support
            • Treatment of wounds


Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

This certification from the American Heart Association will be a first step in demonstrating your abilities in Emergency Medicine! You’ll earn your certification after demonstrating your proficiency with:

      • Recognizing life-threatening emergencies
      • Checking vital signs
      • Performing chest compressions and ventilations
      • Using an automated external defibrillator (AED)


Anatomy Lab Experience

Nothing makes a medical training exercise more real than a human cadaver. Living the life of a Stanford medical student, you will experience the same rite of passage that actual medical students do, getting up close and personal with dissected cadavers in the Stanford Advanced Emergency Medicine Gross Anatomy Lab. This is the quintessential medical school course – a glimpse inside an actual body. 

Note for students and parents: this workshop is not for the faint of heart, but is the perfect way to assess your reactions to biology at its most real and most intense. You are unlikely to have an experience like this in any other career camp. Nor will you have a better reminder that your patients are human – and must be treated with empathy, care, and respect.

Read more about this amazing lab, as experienced by actual Stanford medical students, in this article from the Stanford Medicine News Center.


Medical Skills Training

Working rotations in small group instruction, you’ll learn:

            • Sterile technique
            • Taking vital signs
            • Conducting patient exams
            • Clearing patient airways
            • Suturing and splinting
            • Trauma management
            • The ABCDE approach to assessing illness and injury
            • Use of equipment to stabilize a patient and restrict potentially damaging movement
            • Contact precautions for infectious disease management


Wilderness Medicine

This simulation takes place during an outdoor wilderness hike, as you learn to handle disaster scenarios outside the hospital walls, such as:

      • Patient evacuation
      • Altitude sickness
      • Broken bones and lacerations
      • Symptoms of exposure to heat and cold
      • Treatment of potentially fatal snake and insect bites


Ultrasound Workshop

Amazing advancements in ultrasound technology have made this tool a time-saving – and therefore potentially life-saving – addition to the emergency medicine physician’s arsenal. Doctors and first responders can utilize new compact, portable ultrasound devices immediately upon contacting a patient, both in the ER and in the field, to perform diagnoses, guide resuscitation, and monitor critical patient conditions. 

In the Stanford Advanced Emergency Medicine ultrasound lab, you will observe a live demonstration of emergency medical ultrasound in action, and then will move through rotations in which you will use this revolutionary tool yourself.

Referred to as FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) or BUS (Bedside Ultrasound), ultrasound can help physicians identify critical patient issues after trauma, such as:

      • Internal bleeding in or around organs
      • Bone/ stress fractures
      • Proper blood flow and/or clots

These quick, noninvasive exams are ideal for emergency scenarios in which there may not be time or opportunity to transport the patient to specialized labs for x-rays and other diagnostics:

      • Emergency room medicine
      • Wilderness medicine
      • Disaster medicine
      • Sports medicine


Disaster Medicine

Disaster medicine is both harrowing and highly rewarding. Through a combination of dynamic discussions, demonstrations and an outdoor group disaster simulation you’ll gain real-world insights about:

            • Real-life disaster scenarios such as Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, the Miracle on the Hudson and the Orlando shootings
            • The role of medical teams during disasters
            • How to perform disaster triage


Plot a Course to Your Future

Your future career involves many key decisions, including picking your specialty. The Stanford Advanced Emergency Medicine curriculum offers a multi-day, collaborative simulation in which you will:

      • Handle a team case-study review of medical school candidates
      • Understand medical school admissions and qualifying tests
      • Draft an impressive resume
      • Explore your range of options in emergency medicine fields
      • Acquire professional skills, such as networking and personal branding
      • Construct a profile of the ideal emergency medicine physician
      • Present to a review board responsible for granting a life-time achievement award in emergency medicine 

Choosing the right career and achieving your career dreams includes many challenges and opportunities. We hope that you will take this opportunity to get ahead, as you prepare for admittance to medical school and success in your future career in medicine.