Beginning June 2022: UKEM to Offer a New Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship


At the University of Kentucky, it is our goal to continually improve the health of our community and its diverse populations by fostering an inclusive and engaging workforce. We aim to deliver the highest quality of care to people representing all dimensions of diversity, and are committed to developing our workforce to reflect the considerable diversity of our patient population. We know this to be of particular importance in the emergency department, as we are often the frontline of the healthcare system for many of the medically underserved in our community. In an effort to recruit residents from diverse backgrounds, the University of Kentucky Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to offer an Acting Internship (AI) scholarship to under-represented minority medical students. The scholarship provides $2,000 to cover the costs of travel, lodging, and other expenses associated with the 4-week rotation. Two scholarship awards are available.


Applicants must be rising or current fourth year medical students from under-represented backgrounds (racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identification) in good academic standing currently enrolled in accredited United States medical schools who plan on entering into a career in emergency medicine.

How to Apply

Once approved for the rotation, and to apply for this scholarship, please email the following short essays to Dr. Katelyn Yackey (, Dr. Jaryd Zummer (, and Kellsie Sutherland (

  1. Describe how your status as an under-represented minority in medicine has impacted your medical education and/or experiences within healthcare. (250 words or less)

  2. Describe your past activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine. (250 words or less)



ER-843 – Emergency Medicine Acting Internship: 

Course Description

This course fulfills the requirement for a Secondary Acting Internship. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide the student with a more intensive introduction to the field of Emergency Medicine and the approach to the acutely ill or injured patient. Particular emphasis is placed on the acute evaluation of the undifferentiated patient in close collaboration with seasoned clinical preceptors. Students from outside UK and from UK interested in a career in emergency medicine should take this course early the fourth year of medical school.


Learning Activities will include: Clinical Work (shifts in Emergency Department), attending workshops, and attending resident conference.



  1. Perform a directed history and physical and succinctly communicate this to a preceptor physician.

  2. Learn the approach to the undifferentiated acutely ill patient.

  3. Learn to manage patients who are ill whose diagnosis is uncertain.

  4. Develop and refine clinical skills pertinent to Emergency Medicine.

  5. Learn the core concepts of Emergency Medicine.

  6. Interact with UK emergency department faculty and residents.

  7. Develop the ability to quickly assess the patient's condition using relevant history and directed physical examination with a selective use of ancillary services to arrive at an efficient and effective emergency assessment and management.

  8. Understand how the Emergency Department relates to other departments and services.

  9. Multiple workshops (Case simulation and emergency airway, ultrasound, and toxicology)

  10. Develop and improve skills in procedures used in the Emergency Department such as radiograph interpretation, suturing, establishment of intravenous lines, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, splinting, dressings, and other invasive procedures.

  11. Orientation is mandatory. The student will choose their schedule from a list of pre-made tracks. The student will need to choose the track that best accommodates their needs with regard to time off.



  1. Preceptor written evaluations and direct observation evaluation.

  2. Weekly workshop and resident conference attendance

  3. Comprehensive written examination covering the reading material. NOTE: To enroll in ER 843 for Period 1-Period 4 is reserved for students applying to EM, you must obtain the permission of the course director.


Blocks 1-4: 10

Block 5-10 : 7


PREREQUISITE: Permission of instructor for Periods 1-4. For permission email Dr. Zummer and Kellsie Sutherland with information regarding your career plans and why you want this rotation at the requested time.


NOTES for visiting student applicants:

Visiting students are welcome. Apply through the UKCOM Visiting Student Program and VSAS.


If you are applying for a rotation during the first four rotation periods (up to the October/November block) please upload the following to VSAS:

  1. USMLE scores for allopathic students

  2. COMLEX scores for osteopathic students

  3. A brief explanation of your interest in our program and your intentions for residency (letter of interest/intent) · Offers of rotations in the Department of Emergency Medicine will be held for ONE WEEK ONLY. If you have not accepted this rotation by one week the day it is offered, the offer will be withdrawn. (Other departments allow two weeks for a response.) 


There are multiple dedicated ultrasound lectures throughout the year as well as monthly image review during resident didactics.