The Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) is the National Organization representing Undergraduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine. CDEM was formed in 2008, and became the first Academy of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). CDEM is comprised of medical student educators who are committed to enhancing medical student education within our specialty.
- To advance the education of medical students as it pertains to the specialty of emergency and acute care medicine.
- To serve as a unified voice for EM clerkship directors and medical student educators on a national level.
- To provide a forum for EM clerkship directors and medical student educators to communicate, share ideas, and generate solutions to common problems.
- To foster undergraduate medical education research and provide a platform for collaboration.
- To foster the professional development and career satisfaction of EM clerkship directors and medical student educators.
- To foster relationships with other organizations to promote medical education.
- National Curriculum (Acad Emerg Med. 2010 Jun;17(6):638-43)
- This website based on Curriculum (Self Study Modules and DIEM cases)
- Pediatric and Third Year Curricula
- Voting member of Alliance for Clinical Education
- SAEM Tests
- Multiple collaborative projects with other institutions and organizations
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from the CDEM Executive Committee is strictly prohibited. For inquiries, please contact the CDEM Chair via Melissa McMillian at MMcMillian@saem.org.
Our goal with this site is to create one central destination for students. The site offers a variety of resources for students of Emergency Medicine. Many are already available already, such as the online self-study modules and digital instruction in Emergency Medicine (DIEM cases).
Feel free to provide us with feedback as this continues to be a work-in-progress dictated by your needs. We hope you find it helpful
The CDEM Executive Committee
This is a set of learning modules based on the national curriculum developed by our organization, the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM). These Self-Study Modules offer substantial information on all of the core topics in Emergency Medicine.
The first section offers students an "approach to" a specific chief complaint. Each one gives you an idea of not only what critical diagnoses to consider, but also what initial actions must be taken even before arriving at a definitive diagnosis.
The second section is disease specific. These modules describe the classic presentation of disease processes (though rarely will something present classically), explanations of diagnostic tests, hints on how to make the diagnosis, treatment options and pitfalls to avoid.
The site is a work in progress, so if you find something that isn't quite right - please contact us Melissa McMillian [MMcMillian@saem.org].
This is a new section called DIEM (Digital Instruction in Emergency Medicine). These cases are now ready for use. They are timed, real-life cases based on specific complaints where students may manage, diagnose, and treat virtual patients in a timed encounter. Students then write up the case which is automatically sent to the Clerkship Director.
CDEM has also created an online question bank for you to test your knowledge. This is available to you at saemtests.org. Your clerkship director will have to obtain a password and ID for you. More information can be found here.
Blog & Tweets
Follow our Tweet-of-The-Day on Twitter. The user name to search out is @CDEMupdates. Every day we'll post a new pearl of Emergency Medicine You can also follow along on our Facebook page.
Educators and students, please also refer to Michelle Lin's (from UCSF) wonderful blog, Academic Life in EM.
CDEM membership has produced many resources for students and educators alike. These are available for you on the Downloads page.
Women in Emergency Medicine
Currently posted on the CDEM website is a video project that represents the collaborative efforts of CDEM and the Academy of Women in Academic Medicine (AWAEM). The video highlights the specialty of emergency medicine and targets female medical students who may have an interest in emergency medicine as a career.