Introduction to the Care of Patients

Credits: 2 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Sites: HMS
Director(s): Howard Heller
Prerequisites: HST enrollment. Limited to MD candidates
Offered: January
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Introduction To The Care of Patients provides students with clinical exposure to patients and physicians. Students observe physicians engaged in routine office medicine on a one/two student - one doctor basis. Opportunities to observe internists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, surgeons, orthopedists, and physicians caring for hospitalized patients are among the experiences students will encounter. An orientation session in January is followed by a longitudinal preceptorship experience throughout the spring term. The orientation is undertaken in the MIT Medical Department, and alumni physicians are the longitudinal preceptors.