PURPOSE: The basic Internal Medicine clerkship is designed to expose students to the comprehensive approach to adult patients with nonsurgical disease. The emphasis is on perfecting the fundamental skills of data collection, clinical reasoning, and understanding of pathophysiological process. The experience is patient-centered, supplemented with didactic presentations and student readings appropriate to the care of their own patients. In their first exposure to Internal Medicine
as a discipline, students simulate the role of a trained internist under the close supervision of resident trainees and faculty members.

COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are necessary to achieve the goals of the Medicine clerkship:1) Perform a comprehensive history and physical with the ability to present complicated cases clearly and succinctly; 2) Understand the process of clinical decision making that is based on an appreciation of basic and clinical science, clinical epidemiology and the psychosocial make-up of an individual patient; 3) Gain Internal Medicine skills by learning to identify and prioritize patients’ medical problems; 4) Display the ability to interact with patients effectively and understand the concept of individual patient advocacy; 5) Display professionalism in patient care and in interaction with peers and ancillary personnel; and be an effective member of the health care delivery team.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: 1) Eight week assignment to inpatient acute care medicine units; 2) Working with a health care team composed of colleagues, residents, and faculty members; 3) Frequent formal rounds with attending physicians, emphasizing pathophysiology and clinical decision making; 4) Four week assignment to ambulatory general medicine and subspecialty practices; 5) Working one-on-one with attending physicians in the outpatient setting; 6) Attendance at departmental teaching conferences; 7) Didactic curriculum designed specifically for third year medical students.

All students will have one month of inpatient and one month of outpatient at their designated sites.  These sites include Christ Medical Center, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, St. Joseph of Chicago, University of Illinois Hospital, Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Weiss Hospital. *In addition, all students assigned to the various community sites, will spend one month of inpatient at the University of Illinois or at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (assigned by the Clerkship Director).
Students assigned to University of Illinois or Jesse Brown VA, will spend one month of inpatient at one of the community hospitals listed above (assigned by the Clerkship Director).
The ambulatory component is composed of a core curriculum as well as clinical experiences at a variety of sites. During the ambulatory component, there is neither call nor any weekend clinical responsibilities. The core curriculum classes are held each Monday at the University of Illinois and include a variety of educational experiences.

ASSESSMENT: Written clinical evaluations from residents and attending physicians, and a clerkship examination given at the end of the rotation.


Program Number: CLER 605
Location: Various Sites as Assigned
Program Director: Asra R. Khan, MD,  Veronica Guzman (Coordinator)
Telephone: 312-996-5998
Duration: 12 Weeks
Night Call: Yes
Weekends: Yes
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KEY WORDS: History and physical examination, pathophysiology, clinical epidemiology, professionalism, patient advocacy, cost effectiveness, clinical reasoning.

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Updated:  10/1/14