M3 Clerkship

Program Goals

The purpose of the Third Year Internal Medicine Clerkship is for medical students to:

  • Possess a broad range of clinical knowledge pertinent to Internal Medicine
  • Demonstrate effective history taking and physical examination skills through oral and written presentations that are specific to the practice of Internal Medicine
  • Adhere to the professional expectations of a physician, including the demonstration of compassion for patients and their families and the incorporation of patient values and preferences into their clinical decision making

Objectives

By the end of the Third Year Internal Medicine Clerkship rotation, each medical student will be proficient in the following areas and be able to:

    Medical Knowledge and Patient Care

    • Explain the basic pathophysiology of the most common acute and chronic medical problems seen in adult patients
    • Describe the long‐term sequelae of chronic medical problems seen in adult patients
    • Describe healthcare services and interventions that maintain health and prevent the development of medical problems
    • Explain the pharmacology of medical treatments for acute and common medical problems seen in adult patients
    • List a prioritized differential diagnosis for a patient’s presentation based on the recognition of specific history and physical exam findings
    • List diagnostic tests that are used to provide additional information about acute and chronic medical problems in adult patients
    • Acquire a detailed medical history from adult patients
    • Perform a complete physical examination and refine physical examination skills

    Practice‐Based Learning and Improvement

    • Analyze the clinical presentation of a patient using a critical thought process to promote understanding of similar presentations
    • Use technology to access and manage clinical information and enhance his or her own education
    • Demonstrate a commitment to self‐directed learning
    • Demonstrate that the acquisition of medical knowledge is an ongoing, career‐long process

    Interpersonal and Communication Skills

    • Communicate effectively in written format
    • Communicate effectively in oral format
    • Communicate effectively and respectfully with patients and their families
    • Communicate effectively and respectfully with other healthcare professionals
    • Be aware of the impact that a medical problem has on a patient’s quality of life, sense of well‐ being, and self‐identity
    • Respect patients’ values and preferences in medical decision making

    Professionalism

    • Advocate for patients
    • Show compassion for patients and their families
    • Respect patient privacy and dignity
    • Support his or her colleagues
    • Take responsibility for his or her own actions and behaviors

    Systems‐Based Practice

    • Recognize the contributions of other healthcare professionals to the care of adult patients
    • Demonstrate a commitment to cost‐conscious and evidence‐based medical care of adult patients
    • Demonstrate the ability to work in a collaborative environment