Rotate With Us


We are happy to hear of your interest in rotating in the Emergency Department at Sparrow Hospital. 

The Emergency Department at Sparrow Hospital is a community-based academic facility with a patient volume of more than 100,000 visits annually serving the half-million residents of the greater Lansing area.  The Emergency Department is a Level 1 trauma center in addition to a center for Stroke Care excellence. A dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department where time may also be spent on this rotation has a patient volume of approximately 25,000 visits a year staffed by fellowship-trained Pediatric Emergency Medicine physicians. 

A dedicated medical student curriculum addressing key topics in Emergency Medicine is combined with a strong clinical experience. Medical students typically work in the high-acuity area of the Emergency Department (typically 15-16, 8.5 hour shifts on days, afternoons, and nights) with an emphasis placed on seeing the wide variety of patients that might present to a large community-based ED.  Students work clinically side by side with the 28 Emergency Department residents as well as directly with the attending staff. Students will have 4-5 additional educational days that include small group sessions, simulation lab cases, procedure labs, and case presentations that are led by EM faculty and residents. These educational days are a blend of activities both with the EM residents as well as student only Faculty-led sessions in an effort to maximize your education.  

All interested visiting medical students (non-Michigan State University-affiliated) that would like to be considered for a rotation in the Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department should apply through the VSAS link at: If you have questions regarding this rotation, please contact the Michigan State University Curriculum Assistant,  Michelle Knox at

We look forward to seeing you.

Brett Gerstner, DO
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Sparrow Hospital Emergency Department