Im also going to be part of the counter-movement here. I had EM as my third rotation (after Peds and Ob/Gyn) and it was an amazing experience. It was a required rotation for us in our 3rd year. I've seen more than enough students screw it up by not coming in and knowing some basics of ACS, EKG reading, and radiology. Those students complain a lot about it. But most students did what I did: I did some bare bones studying before the rotation and was working on the same level as the residents by midway through my second week. I say that in that I would go and see the pt on my own, present to the attending the H&P I gathered and my A&P, and they would either tell me what treatment to administer or aid me in some of the more invasive procedures.
I'm not some EM wiz either, just did my due diligence (as plenty of other students had) and got an amazing experience out of it. I'm still strongly considering EM and at the end of my rotation the primary educational preceptor told me that next time I rotate in EM I should ask for the SLOR (not required for 3rd year students at my hospital) and I should get an amazing objective evaluation because I come in with significant experience unlike other 4th years coming in blind.
Thats my $0.02
The SDN Creed: When in doubt, reductio ad absurdum
Originally Posted by serenade
So, OP, the moral of the story is: life is a box of chocolates and SDN is a box of chocolates with cobras. You'd better really want that chocolate...