Visiting Elective Scholars Program

The Cooper Emergency Medicine Visiting Elective Scholars Program is supported by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU).  We believe that diversity enriches medical education, advances research and strengthens clinical practice. This program was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine (URIM) to apply for the Cooper EM clerkship. The scholars program is designed to expose select fourth year medical students who are URIM to an outstanding educational and clinical experience at an academic EM training program in Camden, NJ.  Highlights of the clerkship include:

  • $1,000 scholarship awarded on the basis of academic achievement.
  • Excellent clinical exposure to wide ranging pathology at the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in the state of New Jersey, located just across the river from Philadelphia.
  • Hands-on weekly simulation, procedural, and teaching sessions with dedicated EM faculty and residents.
  • Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor who will provide one-on-one rotational and career guidance.  
  • A separate individual educational enrichment experience will provide in-depth education on ECG interpretation and there will be a focus on oral board type cases.
  • Each student will have the opportunity to attend all Cooper EM residency educational activities.
  • Students will have the opportunity to work directly with a dedicated faculty member on scheduled teaching shifts. Faculty members will hear student cases and provide bedside teaching, with an emphasis on improving clinical skills and optimal patient communication skills.