Internal Medicine Clerkship

The Internal Medicine Clerkship is a 12-week clerkship experience, in which students spend time in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.  In the inpatient setting, students will be assigned to the medicine teaching service, in which they will admit and follow patients who are acutely ill.  In the outpatient setting, students will work with general and specialty internists on a range of diagnoses common to Internal Medicine.  Students will also participate in a range of didactic sessions on this clerkship, including teaching around electrocardiograms, radiology and small groups focused on important issues in Internal Medicine. 

Assessment Methods Grade Composition
Written Clinical Evaluations 50%
OSCE 25%
Shelf Exam 15%
Clinical Pathological Conference Submission 5%
History & Physical 5%
Objectives
1. Describe the clinical features, differential diagnosis, work-up and management of common inpatient and outpatient medical conditions.
2. Complete a patient’s history and physical examination in an organized and thorough manner.
3. Order laboratory tests and radiologic studies, taking into account the appropriate evidence-based medicine and stewardship of resources.
4. Formulate a differential diagnosis based on a patient’s history, prioritizing the most likely diagnoses.
5. Devise an initial treatment plan for a patient, based on the available data, including a patient’s history, physical examination, and laboratory and radiology studies.
6. Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with patients and other health professionals around a patient’s illness.
7. Identify gaps in knowledge and use available online resources to address those gaps.
8. Work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, including nurses, pharmacists, social workers, physical therapists and unit secretaries around the care of patients.
9. Integrate health maintenance into patient encounters when appropriate.