5th Year Students

Emergency Medicine Placements

All  University of Oxford medical students pass through ED as part of ORTEM (Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Trauma, Emergency Medicine).  This is an 8  week block consisting of clinical experience involving theatre  time/clinics/ward time on ORTEM specialities ED shifts. Students do a  minimum of 6 ED shifts that include a night shift and a weekend shift in addition to an ED Nursing shift.  The flexibility of  this pattern is enjoyed by students. There is also a shift with the  South Central Ambulance Service. 


We  provide tutorials on chest pain, head injury, transient loss of  consciousness, dyspnoea, major trauma, overdoses, arrhythmias and sepsis. We provide a  highly-regarded half-day High Fidelity, fully interactive  simulation  session in  the OxStar centre on Major Trauma and Arrhythmias. We also  provide 2 enjoyable medium fidelity simulation 2 hour sessions on medical emergencies.

We provide simulation training in management of cardiac arrest and use of defibrillators.  There is an opportunity to explore knowledge with case presentations.

We also offer training in the use of point of care ultrasound/Focussed assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST) in a training session 

Assessment of the ORTEM block is via a “single best answer” multiple choice exam and via an OSCE (comprising both community and ORTEM).  Further information is available via WebLearn 


Please contact the ORTEM administrator or the consultant in charge  if you have any questions

6th year Special Study module


We  provide a 1-3 week Emergency Medicine SSM to consolidate experience  from ORTEM and to gain further insight into the realities of working in  Emergency Medicine. Students attend a minimum of 3 flexible shifts  weekly and we explore interesting cases in a discussion group towards  the end of the attachment. 

Please contact if you need any details

International Elective Students

All requests need to go through the Electives medical school administrator 

We have recently had students from Ghana, Sweden and Malta joining us  in the ED for up to 2 months. They make use of many of the 5th Year learning opportunities and take an active role the clinical area.   Please note that applications and information should be made directly to  Carolyn and that it is a highly competitive program.  You will need to  submit an application from May 2018 onwards if you want to be considered for a place on the Elective programme that  runs from September 2019 - August 2020. 

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Careers in emergency medicine

Thinking about a career in Emergency Medicine ?

 Emergency Medicine offers a rich, varied and challenging career in a dynamic team environment.  

After  the Foundation Programme, Trainees apply for and enter a 6 year  Run-through programme (first 2 years- acute care common stem training in 6 months  each of Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Anaesthetics/Acute Medicine;  3rd year focus on Paediatric emergency medicine competencies; and final 3  years as a Higher Specialty trainee).  There are postgraduate Fellowship  of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine exams in the form of a  Primary, Intermediate and, in the last year of training,  a Final exam.


There  is the opportunity to sub-specialise in Paediatric Emergency Medicine (1 year extra, and includes at least 3 months in PICU/retrieval),  Geriatric Emergency Medicine, Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM-  training extended by 1 year but alternates with EM shifts over the  course of 2 year) and Intensive Care Medicine. This great flexibility is attractive to many EM consultants