PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed the M3 Core Clerkship in Medicine.

PURPOSE: This elective will provide experience in general pulmonary medicine. The student will have hospital and office exposure to many pulmonary illnesses along with ventilator care, laboratory diagnostics modalities which include PFT's, bronchoscopies and thoracenteses, exercise cardiopulmonary testing, Asthma Learning Center (patient asthma education) and Second Wind (patient COPD education) and a specific Respiratory Care educational offering.The student will be involved in direct patient care, seeing new consults, making daily rounds on current patients.They will round with one of the 2 pulmonologists and asked to create short presentations on various pulmonary topics.


  • Students will become familiar with the diagnosis, normal course, complications of and treatment of majjor pulmonary diseases: Asthma, COPD, Critical Care Aspects of Pulmonary disease, Pulmonary TB, Vascular Lung Disease, Infiltrative and Interstitial Lung Disease, Pleural Disease, AIDS, Neoplasms of the Lung, common Pulmonary Symptoms, and Environmental Occupational/Lung Disease
  • Significant emphasis will be placed on critical care aspects of Pulmonary Medicine: mechanical ventilation (uses and complications), airway care, weaning from mechanical ventilation, and monitoring in the critical care patient
  • Students will become familiar with the basics of PFT interpretations and should observe the performance of one full PFT
  • Students will observe at least 1-2 bronchoscopies and assist in or do a thoracentesis
  • Students will become familiar with the course of common pulmonary diseases by following the patient closely in the hospital learning care for botht he acute phase and the chronic phase of the illness, i.e. Asthma, COPD, the recovery of a patient with pneumonia, and PCP

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: The student will be involved in direct patient care, seeing new consults, making daily rounds on current patients, seeing brochoscopies, thoracenteses, and pulmonary function testing. They will round with one of 2 pulmonologists, be asked to make short (5 -10 minute)presentations on various pulmonary topics, interpret pulmonary functions. There will be 4 specific didactic presentations.
ASSESSMENT: The 2 pulmonologists will evaluate the students capabilities and performance, engagement and motivation, and medical knowledge and professionalism. This data will be sent to the appropriate Medical School representative.


Program Number: ELEC 625
Location: AIMMC
Program Director: Dunphy, M.D. , Deborah Anderson (Coordinator),
Telephone: 773-296-7079

Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No

Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 16
Laboratory/Independent Study: 6
Outpatient: 6
Inpatient: 16
Total Hours /Week: 40

Reporting Instructions: Students must report to the Student Coordinator, Deborah Anderson at 9:00 AM. Orientation is mandatory!

Student Registration and Clearance Procedures:
Report to DeBorah Anderson to complete your registration and clearance procedure form.

1. Student must view Universal Protocol Policy/Time out Video within 24hrs of starting the rotation.  Student not complying with this request will not be able to rotate   

2. All students requiring access to CARENET/Care Connection (AIMMC’s web-based patient information system) must be registered for a training session by the clerkship’s coordinator, and the student must attend the scheduled training session, prior to access being granted.

3. Student is issued his/her AIMMC identification/Access ID badge.  (IF YOU’RE ID IS LOST, DAMAGED, OR NOT RETURNED, THERE IS A $10.00 CHARGE).  Also, you must return your pager at the end of your rotation.  If the pager is lost, there is a $100 fine.

Travel and Parking Options:

1. Public transportation – Take Brown Line or Purple Line. to Wellington EL station stop.

2. Street Parking – as available.

3. Student Parking Lot – Should student require parking during a clerkship at AIMMC, he/she should go to the Standard Parking Office located in the Wellington Parking Garage, and ask for the Parking Manager (ext. 61-5434), or (773-296-5434); office faces Nelson St. between the entrance and exits on Nelson St.  The student must present their STUDENT ID NAME BADGE to the Parking Manager and be prepared to provide the following information:

 - Vehicle’s make, model, color and, license plate number.
 - Coordinator’s name and extension.

Students must use the gravel Sheffield lot, which operates on a first come first serve basis, and display the appropriate decal on their car’s windshield.

Don't be ticketed or towed--read  AIMMC SHEFFIELD SURFACE LOT PARKING NOTICE. The Standard Parking Office hours are M-F 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Clearance Procedure on Last Day of Rotation:

1. The student’s clerkship evaluation form will NOT be forwarded to his/her school until the student completes Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Clearance Form.

2. STUDENT CLEARANCE FORM will be provided by the clerkship's coordinator upon clerkship completion. Students on Elective Rotations listed above must come to the Medical Education Department to obtain the form.  Students must obtain a signature from the Medical Library indicating that there are NO outstanding library loans/fees. The signature is required even if the student did not use the library's facilities.

3. Return the completed STUDENT CLEARANCE FORM and AIMMC ID badge to the clerkship coordinator or to the Medical Education Department if on an elective.

Other Essentials: Student should bring a combination lock and a student lab coat. Orientation is mandatory. If students are to be on call the first day, they will get time to go home to get whatever they need. Requesting specific team assignments is not allowed. Days off for religious holidays not recognized by the school or Advocate IMMC require prior approval from the medical school and Dr. Dunphy before beginning any rotation. For more information, please contact DeBorah Anderson, Student Coordinator at (773) 296-7079.

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Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.

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