Emergency Services Rotation

(Also refer to the general goals and objectives for PhPr 803)


The rotation will introduce the student to the clinical practice of emergency medicine.  The rotation is a six-week, experientially oriented program where the student will have been exposed to a broad representation of medical and surgical problems encountered in an emergency department.  The focus of experience will emphasize knowledge of evaluation skills and methods for screening the emergencies.  Under faculty supervision, the student will be able to develop the ability to quickly and correctly determine the relevant history and physical status with selective use of ancillary services and specialties to achieve the most efficient and effective emergency assessment and management.  The rotation will permit the student opportunities to observe the application of special skills in the emergency setting (e.g., interpretation of radiographics and electrocardiograms, CPR, CT scan, lumbar puncture, resuscitation techniques and problems).

A major goal of this experience is to offer the student an opportunity to consider what impact the presence of a clinical pharmacy consultative service could have within an emergency services area. Pharmacokinetic and toxicological consultative activities and the provision of instructions to health care personnel on therapeutic/pharmacological intervention are examples often cited as unique opportunities to pursue for clinical pharmacists who want to expand their practice in critical care areas to include emergency services.  The goal of this rotation is to offer opportunities in clinical and didactic training to emergency medicine for a PharmD student who is interested in the critical care practice.


At the completion of this rotation, the student should be able to:

  • Identify what are some appropriate responsibilities, duties, and tasks of a clinical pharmacist in an emergency services department.
  • Demonstrate skill in determining relevant history and use of ancillary services (e.g., toxicology laboratory, etc.) to assess and manage emergencies.
  • Describe clinical research methodologies in emergency medicine that have specific application to the clinical pharmacy practitioners.
  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge of the common therapeutic agents used in the emergency department.


  1. Attend all scheduled rotations in the emergency department.
  2. Participate in assigned department-sponsored rounds, conferences, and other appropriate didactic experiences.
  3. Furnish an evaluation in writing at the conclusion of the rotation.


Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: July 1, 2016
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