Visiting Students

A student learning how to perform a procedure.

Get a chance to participate in advanced procedure and simulation labs.

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our program. A month-long experience at McGovern Medical School in the Department of Emergency Medicine will be an engaging, rigorous experience for the EM bound medical student. Our goal is to expose you the breadth of emergency medicine at our two training sites:

Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center (MHH – TMC)

MHH – TMC is a tertiary care/academic center and the referral hub for the Memorial Hermann System (largest healthcare provider in the state of Texas) and one of the busiest Level 1 trauma centers in the country. Additionally, you will work shifts at Children’s Memorial Hermann’s Pediatric ED, a pediatric level 1 trauma center. MHH – TMC boasts the only helipad in the city and has a high volume of both adult and pediatric air transport. Your experience here is extremely fast paced and filled with high acuity patients.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital (LBJ)

LBJ is one of two Harris County hospitals in the city, and serves as a safety net to Houston’s most vulnerable population. Currently the busiest Emergency Department in the city, LBJ is a level 3 trauma center with a large Spanish speaking population. There is no specific pediatric ED at LBJ, so you will have the opportunity to see children mixed in with adults (approximately 8% of total ED visits). Students will get to see advanced stages of disease and “things that you won’t get to see most other places”.

EMER 4004 is our visiting student elective. For the 2020 – 2021 academic year, we offer the following rotations:

  • June 29 – July 24, 2020
  • July 27 – August 21, 2020
  • August 24 – September 18, 2020
  • September 21 – October 16, 2020
  • October 19 – November 13, 2020

To be eligible for this elective, you must have completed the four core rotations (Medicine, Surgery, OBGYN, Pediatrics), have taken the USMLE Step 1 and currently be in good standing at your medical school.

All applications must be submitted through VSLO. For the 2020-2021 academic year, VSLO applications open May 4, 2020. We realize we open VSLO later than other institutions. You may reach out to us at with the dates you are interested in rotating, a copy of your CV, transcript, USMLE Step 1 score report and a letter of interest prior to this date. This information will be forwarded to the Clerkship Director for review. Please understand all decisions must come from our office of Student Affairs/VSLO.

Rotation highlights:

  • 4-week elective with 12 eight-hour shifts (days/evenings/nights/weekends).
  • Weekly Thursday morning emergency medicine resident conference
  • Small group didactics and advanced procedure/SIM lab scheduled during the block (content subject to change based on availability)
  • Opportunity to join EM journal club (if offered that month)
  • Student presentations on EM specific topics
  • NBME exam
  • Optional additional sessions discussed during orientation