Core Clerkship Medicine

Credits: 12 CREDITS (Clinical Core)
Director(s): Alexander Carbo, Navin Kumar, Nora Osman, Elizabeth Petersen
Prerequisites: Year III standing
Offered: Full time for three consecutive months.
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Students are assigned to 1 month of ambulatory service at BWH or WRVA, or 2 months of in-patient service. The in-patient services take place at BWH, WRVA or Faulkner Hospital. During in-patient service, a student is responsible for up to 4 patients under the supervision of the intern, resident or attending physician. There are teaching sessions taught by the Chief of Medicine, the Clerkship Director and other faculty, with special attention given to bedside teaching. During ambulatory service, students are assigned to a preceptor for morning and afternoon clinics in both general medicine and sub-specialties. Didactic sessions are taught to emphasize approaches to solving clinical problems. All students are evaluated by attending physicians, housestaff and preceptors. The criteria for evaluation include clinical knowledge and skills in history taking, physical examinations and differential diagnosis. Learning skills and standards of professional conduct and responsibility form important components of the evaluations. In addition, a final exam is given at the end of the clerkship, which is used to determine student's grade.