The Medicine Clerkship is an 8-week clerkship comprised of two four-week clinical rotations
IP rotations will occur either at Foster G. McGaw Hospital (LUMC), Edward Hines Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital (HVA), or West Suburban Hospital (WSH).
Students doing IP rotations will be assigned to different services at each hospital site. These service assignments are made by each site coordinator and will be made known to students by each site.
At the beginning of each rotation there will be an orientation at each site, at which time students will receive pertinent materials.
At the end of each rotation, hospital assignments are changed. Students are not on duty or on call over these "switch" weekends between assignments.
During the clerkship, there is a defined set of educational activities
in which students must participate.
Please note that the core ambulatory topics in Family Medicine also apply to your learning.
1. Assist in providing care for assigned patients. This includes:
Constructing H&P's, problem lists with assessments and plans, orders, and progress notes or, in the outpatient setting, longitudinal care follow-up notes (all records must be countersigned);
Care conscientiously for all patients with appropriate standards of professional, ethical, and moral conduct.
Interacting with families as appropriate (at least one such interaction for each inpatient month must be witnessed and evaluated);
Performing routine clinical procedures with appropriate supervision;
Participating in rounds and demonstrating evidence of reading around patients;
Taking call as assigned. (see below)
2. Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all structured clerkship activities (including ER sessions, debriefing sessions, and examinations).
During each inpatient month, a minimum of four (4) write-ups (admit notes--H&Ps, problem lists, assessments and plans--and admitting orders) must be completed by students and evaluated by housestaff or attendings using the "Write-up Evaluation/Feedback" form. A total of eight (8) write-ups with their accompanying feedback forms must be turned in by the end of the Clerkship. (Instructions for housestaff and attendings along with a sample copy of the form are included in the Appendix.) During both rotation months a mid evaluation form and patient data log form (verified and signed by attending) are due at the midpoint of each rotation, and the final evaluation and final patient log are due at the end of each rotation. See "Medicine Clerkship Rotation" for more information.3. Call (see below)
Students on IP rotations are assigned night call according to a schedule prepared at each hospital. Students are on-call no more than every fourth night. Responsibilities will be indicated during the orientation at each hospital.
Since the practice of medicine is not confined to a certain number of hours in a day, and since patient volume varies with a given service, it is difficult to assign students doing the Medicine Clerkship specific hours of duty. The following are guidelines only:
Students are expected to do four complete H&Ps per IP rotation, write them up and discuss them with their assigned "Case Checker". Case Checker assignments are made by each hospital site coordinator and will be made known to each student at the beginning of each IP rotation. Each work-up will be evaluated by the Case Checker and that evaluation will count toward the students' Final Grades (see Evaluation and Grading Process).
Attendance is expected at all functions of the Medicine Clerkship, including orientation, Level I and II sessions, rounds, clinics, debriefing sessions and exams. Absences from duty on any of the required activities listed in the previous sentence must be reported according to School policy. If you need to be absent, it is your responsibility to notify those people affected by your absence - for example, your service attending (or resident, if attending not available) on IP rotations, - AND the Medical Education Office or coordinator at your assigned site. During your IP rotations, it is expected you will average one day off per week. (Please see student work hours). Planned absences must be approved through the clerkship coordinator.
There will be a departmental computer exam at the end of the Clerkship. This exam will contribute 30% to your final grade. The departmental exam will cover the “core” curriculum. This exam will be administered on the last day of the clerkship. Two weeks prior to the end of each two-month clerkship, students will receive by e-mail the details of the final week.
According to school policy (see Academic Policy Manual II), all students are obliged to take required clerkship examinations on the date, time, and place specified by the department. Exceptions to this policy may be granted for:
We would like you to identify a patient who has a pertinent
end-of-life care issue (ie terminal cancer, anticoagulation risk, autonomy
issues, etc) that you have cared for in the hospital. Subsequent to the
hospital discharge, please arrange with the family for two separate visits
to see the patient and family outside the hospital setting. These times can
be at the Nursing Home, the patient’s home, or the clinic. There is
flexibility in these times and locations. Each visit should be no less than
Students are required to evaluate their experiences during the Clerkship by completing the on-line Clerkship evaluation.
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 16th edition.
(this website has excellent examples along with clinical
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