Primary Care Medicine Elective

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Allan Goroll, Alberto Puig
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month except February and July
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This course is designed for the student who wishes to expand his/her fund of knowledge and clinical skills in the evaluation and management of ambulatory medical patients. The course has clinical and seminar components. Each morning and two afternoons per week are devoted to clinical practice. The student is asked to function in the primary care setting, responsible for the work-up and follow-up of patients coming to our practice. Supervision is on a one-to-one basis with a designated primary care faculty internist. Three afternoons are dedicated to critical literature review, so as to be capable of interpreting and critiquing published data pertinent to primary care practice. Students will have opportunities to see patients as walk-ins, at appointments and possibly in home settings.
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.
Student's primary care clinical knowledge/skills are outstanding and demonstrates a readiness for residency.
Student's primary care clinical skills and knowledge are good.
Clinical skills and ability to function in this advanced role require additional attention.