PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed all M3 Core Clerkships.

PURPOSE: The goal of the elective is for students to develop cognitive skills and competency to evaluate patients with infectious diseases.

COMPETENCIES: The objectives of the elective are to enable the student:
•  To learn the mechanisms of action and proper use of antibiotics.
•  To learn the proper approach to patients with septic shock, fever of unknown origin, neutropenic fever and AIDS.
•  To understand the principles of diagnosis and therapy which underlie the effective management of infectious diseases. .

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Students will see inpatients and outpatients with a broad range of infectious diseases and will be expected to read articles relevant to the patients they see. SUGGESTED TEXTS (used for references): Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Gerald L. Mandell, MD, John E. Bennett, MD, and Raphael Dolin, MD Infectious Diseases, Paul D. Hoeprich, MD, and M. Colin Jordan, MD .
ASSESSMENT: Students are evaluated by their teaching attending, who observes their performance in the outpatient setting, at the bedside, and in rounds. Attendings use the College of Medicine Clerkship Evaluation form which evaluates the students in terms of medical knowledge, clinical skills, professional behavior, and humanistic qualities. Attendings discuss their evaluation with the student at the end of the rotation.


Program Number: ELEC 617
Location: ACMC
Coordinator: Ruth Mrochen
Telephone: 708-684-5405

Duration:  4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 26
Laboratory/Independent Study: 1
Outpatient: 3
Inpatient: 10
Total Hours /Week: 40

Reporting Instructions:

Report to Ruth Mrochen, Internal Medicine Student Coordinator, Suite 131NO, North Office Building, at 8:00 AM. Parking is in Employee Lot#4, entrance by Keeler. Required forms must be in two weeks prior to the start of rotation. Parking transponders and pagers will be issued in 131NO.

Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.

KEY WORDS: Antibiotics, septic shock, fever of unknown origin, neutropenic fever, AIDS.

Note: Clinical electives at Advocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC, ALGH) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions.