Internal Medicine Clerkship (MED 608) - 3rd Year Students
The Medicine Clerkship is an 8-week experience. Students are assigned to both inpatient and outpatient sites. The inpatient setting facilitates the development and refinement of comprehensive data gathering skills while the ambulatory sites give students a chance to experience general internal medicine in the venue where internists spend most of their time caring for ambulatory patients. Furthermore, the ambulatory setting teaches students to gather information pertinent to the patient’s ambulatory visit while exposing them to types of patients, problems and relationships experienced in an outpatient practice. In the ambulatory site, each student works one-on-one with a clinical preceptor.
The goal of the clerkship is the development and refinement of the basic skills needed to treat adult patients with common, chronic and acute problems. More specifically, the clerkship focuses on the acquisition and reinforcement of the skills necessary to perform and record both a comprehensive (not focuses) history and physical examination, present patients to colleagues and interpret electrocardiograms and chest x-rays. Furthermore, students practice and advance their clinical reasoning, evaluation and management, and finally, their doctor-patient relationship skills.
Internal Medicine Clerkship Directors
Flint Hurley Basim Towfiq
Flint McLaren Gautham Gadiraju
Grand Rapids Andrew Jameson
Lansing Churlsun Han (Lead Clerkship Director)
Lansing Laura Freilich (Assistant Clerkship Director)
Midland Taylor Wofford
SEMich Ana Capatina-Rata
Traverse City Larry Warbasse
Upper Peninsula James Addison
Each community campus has a cadre of faculty in general internal medicine and subspecialties. Most importantly, because our students are trained in community settings the patients seen are representative of those in clinical practice.