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Emergency Medicine Rotation

Before Your Rotation Begins

1. Provide the items below at least one month before the rotation begins:

2. Your shift schedule will be emailed to you in advance. Review your schedule and contact Annmarie Kutz if you have legitimate conflicts (i.e. interview, exam, etc.)

3. If you are staying in student housing, review the housing information carefully

Day One of Your Rotation

Parking Information

When you arrive at UPMC Hamot for your rotation, convenient fee-based parking is available in the public parking garage located at the corner of Third and State Streets (entrance on Third Street). As an alternative, the Intermodal Center, located at 208 E Bayfront Parkway, offers free parking as is a short walk to UPMC Hamot.

Please review the campus map to help guide you.

There are administrative tasks you must complete prior to starting your rotation:

1. Acquire your Hamot badge and parking permit

  • Report to UPMC Hamot Human Resources at 8:30 a.m. to retrieve your badge and parking permit. Human Resources is located at 300 State Street, Suite 100.
  • This badge is for hospital door access only; you must wear your school student ID badge at all times while working.
  • After acquiring and applying a parking decal, student vehicles can be moved to the free student-designated parking lot.
2. Acquire your textbook from Annemarie Kutz in Medical Education. If you are using UPMC Hamot student housing, also bring your signed housing form and $10 deposit check. 
  • Medical education is located in the Modern Tool Building, 333 State Street, Suite 206
3. If you are using UPMC Hamot student housing, report to Annmarie Kutz in Medical Education to submit a signed housing form and $10 deposit check.
  • Medical education is located in the Modern Tool Building, 333 State Street, Suite 206

4. Complete Power Note training

  • Go to the medical library, located on the Ground Floor of the hospital (North Complex)
  • Sign on using the username and password that were emailed to you

Once these tasks are completed, report for your rotation

  • To report for your first scheduled shift, use the main ED patient entrance on French Street. Wear your school ID badge and your Hamot access badge. Identify yourself as a medical student to the triage desk. Let them know you are beginning your first day on rotation and need to meet with the resident/attending you're working with that shift (whose name will be sent to you in advance.)

Evaluation Process for Emergency Medicine

You are expected to distribute five blank copies and collect four completed copies of your school's evaluation form before your rotation ends. 
  1. Send Annmarie Kutz a signed, blank evaluation form
  2. During your third week on rotation, print four blank copies of your evaluation form and give one to Annmarie, two to residents and two to attendings with whom you've worked with
    • You can opt for three residents and one attending, but at least one of your evaluations must be completed by an attending physician
  3. Ask the residents and attending(s) to complete the evaluation and return it to you or place in Dr. Iszkula's mailbox prior to your last shift
  4. Dr. Iszkula will create a summative evaluation using the residents' and attendings' feedback

Helpful Tips & Information

Resident Lecture & Didactics
  • Emergency Medicine didactics are held every Wednesday from 7:00am to 12:00pm
  • You are expected to attend all EM lectures while on rotation
  • You will be emailed the lecture schedule upon its release, which will note location, dates, and topics

Badge Access

The badge issued to you by Human Resources will allow you to enter the Emergency Room and Student Lounge. Please allow 24-36 hours for badge access to be activated. Contact Annmarie Kutz if you do not have badge access after that time. 

Student Lounge

There is a lounge for medical students located in the sub-basement. Lockers are available to students for storing their belongings (please bring your own lock.) The lounge also has a computer with network access, a printer, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a call room. To reach the lounge, take the North Complex elevators to the sub-basement level. Walk down the hall to the left until it T's. Turn left, walk down the hall and the student lounge is on the left. The lounge is badge access only. 

Dining on Campus
  • UPMC Hamot Dining Room
    • Located on the ground floor in the North Complex of the hospital
    • Great views of Presque Isle Bay
    • Open for breakfast and lunch (6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Lobby Cafe
    • Located in the main lobby of the hospital
    • Open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Kern's Cafe
    • Located in the lobby of the Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot hospital
    • Open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Dining Off-Campus

There are many great dining options near UPMC Hamot campus, some of which are listed here. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by UPMC Hamot.


The medical library is located on the Ground Floor in the North Complex of the main hospital. Turn right off the North Complex elevators, and the library is down the hall on the right. Follow the signs. The library has computers available to use. Any library-related questions can be directed to the library manager Diane Voelker at

End-of-Rotation Departure Meeting

At the end of your rotation, you must meet with Annmarie Kutz to discuss the process for check out. To schedule your departure meeting, send an email to Annmarie so she knows when to expect you. This meeting takes approximately five to ten minutes. It is ideal to conduct the meeting when your rotation has concluded. If this is not possible due to your shift schedule, please arrange to meet on an earlier date during the last week of your rotation. 

Items to Bring with You:

  1. The Evaluation of UPMC Hamot rotation to provide feedback about your rotation experience*
  2. The Medical student departure form with top section completed
  3. You school's evaluation form completed by the preceptor, if possible
  4. Your Hamot badge
  5. Housing keys, if applicable
  6. Laptop, if applicable 

It is expected that any resources borrowed from the UPMC Hamot library will have been returned prior to the departure meeting.

If students are unable to attend a departure meeting, they must notify Annmarie Kutz in advance and make arrangements to appropriately return the items above. textbooks and laptops should always be returned to the Graduate Medical Education office - no exceptions. Housing keys may be returned to UPMC Hamot Security, located in the sub-basement of the hospital.

* Your honest and constructive feedback on the rotation experience evaluation form is highly valued and will be used to make improvements to our student rotation experiences. These evaluation forms are held until there are at least 5 or 6 per specialty, then they are sent to the rotation preceptor as a batch. This aggregate format ensures your anonymity. 

Where & When

Annmarie is available from 7:30am to 3:45pm Monday through Friday. Medical Education is located in the Modern Tool Building, 333 State St, Suite 206. 

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