Overview

The undergraduate emergency medicine curriculum is taught at 7 clinical schools, spread across Sydney and NSW. All clinical schools provide excellent teaching ground for assessment and management of common emergency presentations as well as the undifferentiated patient.

Medical students are exposed to clinical scenarios early, right from 1st year. The exposure increases to a 2-4 week rotation in the ED during their Stage 3 critical care block. There is also a clinical reasoning session in Stage 2 devoted to emergency medicine and toxicology. Medical students can take the opportunity to experience pre-hospital medicine during an ambulance ride-along - this can be organised during their ED time, and is subject to local resources and protocols.

Our Clinical Schools

Central

CHW

Concord

Nepean

Northern

Westmead

Rural

RPAH

CHW

Concord

Nepean

RNSH

Westmead

Orange & Dubbo


The Curriculum

A formal curriculum in emergency medicine has been developed by the Discipline and endorsed by the Sydney Medical School. It encompasses the core principles in emergency medicine relevant to the learning stages of medical students. Importance is given to key subject areas and common presentations such as chest and abdominal pain, dyspnoea, altered level of consciousness and trauma.

Teaching Resources

Students are encouraged to participate in simulation and other e-learning activities. The EdWise program broadcast from the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital is an outreach simulation medicine learning environment designed to teach basic resuscitation and other clinical skills to medical students, nursing students and junior clinicians.

Other than the Discipline's core curriculum in emergency medicine and the Stage 3 workbook, the following textbooks are recommended reading:

  • Mahadevan & Garmel: An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Cadogan, Brown & Celenza: Marshall & Ruedy's On Call - Principles & Protocols. Elsevier, 2007.
  • Browne, McCaskill, Cheng, Nocton & Gedeit:On Call Paediatrics. Elsevier, 2011.
  • Cameron, Jelinek, Everitt, Browne & Raftos: Textbook of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, 2nd Ed. Elsevier, 2011.