The M3 curriculum came out of a need to provide a framework for a consistent experience for students rotating through Emergency Medicine during their third year. The focus of this curriculum is the exposure of the student to core EM concepts. This material is meant to both supplement and be independent of the M4 curriculum, with certain topics geared towards the M3 student. The curriculum is divided into the MUST-SHOULD-CAN framework, with the goal of covering the MUST content as core clerkship material, regardless of type of student experience. The SHOULD and CAN material can be covered based on the resources and time available for each clerkship. The background for the curriculum, the full set of objectives divided into the MUST-SHOULD-CAN framework, and the guide for implementation of a third-year EM medical student curriculum are below.

  • Tews MC, Wyte CM, Coltman M, et al. Developing a third-year emergency medicine medical student curriculum: a syllabus of content. Acad Emerg Med. 2011;18 Suppl 2:S36-S40. PMID: 21999556
  • Tews MC, Ditz Wyte CM, Coltman M, et al. Implementing a third-year emergency medicine medical student curriculum. J Emerg Med. 2015;48(6):732-743.e8. PMID: 25825161


Approach to the Undifferentiated Patient

Stabilization of the Acutely Ill Patient

Vital Signs

Focused Chief Complaint History, Physical Examination and Differential Diagnosis

Basic and Advanced Life Support Techniques

Diagnostic Testing 

Electrocardiogram (ECG)/Rhythm Recognition

Emergency Department Procedures

Acute Pain Control

Traumatic and Orthopedic Injuries

Bedside Ultrasonography

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)



Emergency Medicine in the US Healthcare System




*EMCP: Emergency Medicine Clerkship Primer