IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93ZE740 — ELECTIVE IN EMS


This course is designed to provide the student with an immersive experience in prehospital medicine, including perspectives from the paramedics, administration, and physician medical directors. Students will participate in ride-alongs with ambulance crews, Indianapolis Fire Department Supervisors, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service Supervisors, Directors, and Medical Directors. Also, students may have the opportunity to fly with Lifeline Aeromedical Transport. Students are expected to complete a moderate amount of course reading covering the fundamentals of prehospital systems and medical direction, as well as present a brief review of a specific disease topic. Goal: The student will gain an understanding of modern Emergency Systems including history, design, and evolution.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jim Graber (jamgrabe@iu.edu)

Director: Daniel O'Donnell, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Experience the day-to-day operations of rural, fire-based, and urban EMS systems through direct observation (PC1)
  • 2) Explore current research in the field of EMS and will critically appraise a topic in the current EMS literature (PBLI1)
  • 3) Explain the roles that EMS Medical Directors play in the overall operation of their respective ambulance systems (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (observation; oral presentation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical, 10% Research, 5% Presentations

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Jim Graber (jamgrabe@iu.edu) Please contact James Graber for any questions concerning this elective, jamgrabe@iu.edu, (317) 880-3863

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Yes, they work daily with Paramedics and EMTs working with Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services.

Service Learning Included: None