Primary Care Internal Medicine in a Neighborhood Hlth Center

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Mark Eisenberg, Alberto Puig
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Offered in October, January and April
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: Students may add themselves to the waiting list for this course during add/drop periods but not during lottery periods. Please contact Dr. M.P. Eisenberg, (617) 724-8160,, for approval to enroll. The student who must be planning career in primary care will work at MGH-Charlestown Health Care Center with a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and social service personnel that provide direct primary adult health care. This is a clinical elective and students will be focused on developing clinical skills. The team orientation is towards early intervention, prevention and health maintenance. As many patients face the challenge of living in poverty, the focus will be on how to best deliver care in that setting. The student will have numerous opportunities to see patients at home, as walk-ins and at appointments. Opportunities are open for involvement with pediatrics, mental health, ob-gyn, physical therapy, and other services at the health center, and for involvement with community groups and agencies.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Student and preceptors will incorporate basic science and EBM as they discuss individual patients seen during the course of the rotation.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Student must demonstrate superlative primary care clinical knowledge and distinguished skills with patients, staff and outreach to the community. Honors: Student's primary care clinical knowledge/skills are outstanding and demonstrates a readiness for residency. Satisfactory: Student's primary care clinical skills and knowledge are good. Unsatisfactory: Clinical skills and ability to function in this advanced role require additional attention.