Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
This eight-week experience includes two blocks: four weeks in an ambulatory clinical site and four-weeks in an inpatient rotation.  Students participate in the care of ambulatory and hospitalized adults with a wide range of medical issues including disease prevention and treatment.  Students will complete the rotation at one of the following sites: Saint Barnabas Hospital Health System (Bronx, NY), Staten Island University Hospital (Staten Island, NY).
Internal Medicine Clerkship Objectives:
  • Obtain an accurate medical history on patients

  • Perform an accurate physical examination on patients

  • Identify appropriate diagnostic tests in the evaluation of patients with common presenting symptoms or signs.

  • Use the data from the medical interview and physical examination and ancillary tests as well, to formulate a differential diagnosis for patients, and appropriate initial treatment plan.

  • Complete a write up that includes clinical information from the medical interview and physical examination, a differential diagnosis, and appropriate initial treatment plan

  • Become familiar with common practices and procedures used in the evaluation and treatment of patients with medical conditions.

  • Identify an appropriate approach to evaluating, diagnosing and treating adult patients with the conditions seen in Internal Medicine

  • Engage in self-directed learning

  • Respond appropriately to feedback

  • Prepare effective patient write-ups

  • Deliver effective and appropriate oral presentations

  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other members of the health care team

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with patients and their families across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds

  • Demonstrate respect and compassion in the care of all patients.

  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity in all professional activities and interactions.

  • Describe the resources in the health care setting and in the community that would provide optimal care for patients.

  • Recognize approaches to collaborative and team-based care for patients in a patient centered approach.

  • Recognize the impact of social determinants of health on an individual