General Medical Disciplines In the Department of Medicine (Formerly General Internal Medicine and Family & Community Medicine)


General Medicine Clerkship (MED 300A)
Duration: 8 Weeks
Director: Abraham Verghese MD

The General Medicine Clerkship provides medical students with core knowledge of the field of medicine. Students will gain this knowledge through extensive reading and participation in medical rounds and lectures. They will gain clinical experience by working under the supervision of house staff.

Ambulatory Medicine Clerkship (MED 313A)
Duration: 4 weeks
Director: Peter Rudd, MD (on Sabbatical)
Co-Directors: ,

The Ambulatory Medicine clerkship combines clinic sessions in both General Medical Disciplines and subspecialty medicine. It includes assigned readings, small group discussions, computer-assisted drills, posing and answering clinical questions with critical appraisal of the literature, and problem-based cases to reinforce principles and complexities of diagnosis and management. The didactics emphasize preventive medicine, cardiovascular, respiratory, and endocrinological disorders, and common clinical presentations in outpatient practice. The clerkship is a required clerkship for all students by the time of graduation.

Through direct care of ambulatory patients, students practice taking a focused history and physical as well as generating an assessment and plan across a spectrum of clinic populations. They practice time management in a "real-world" setting as well as in standardized patient exercises and are introduced to concepts of longitudinal care. During their four weeks, they review not only the interpretation of basic labs and tests, but the process of clinical diagnosis and its implementation, from planning to counseling and follow-up. Throughout their ambulatory experience, they are encouraged to reason independently and reflect actively, to establish the basis for a lifetime of self-directed learning and improvement, for the ultimate goal of best caring for the patients they are called to serve.

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