Welcome to the Internal Medicine M3 Core Clerkship! We are looking forward to spending the next eight weeks getting to know you and your interests. Whatever specialty you’re destined for the Internal Medicine clerkship will provide you with a solid foundation in clinical reasoning, the pathophysiology of common adult diseases, and important lessons in professionalism as you continue your progress toward graduation and residency.
The eight weeks of your clerkship will be challenging but rewarding as you step onto our adult medicine wards at VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC. You will be part of a high-performing medical team providing great care to complex patients. To supplement these valuable clinical experiences, the clerkship offers structured weekly conferences and exceptional bed-side teaching by our talented residents, fellows, and faculty.
The Internal Medicine Clerkship and the Department of Internal Medicine take great pride in our educational programs and want you to have the most valuable educational experience possible. Our inpatient attendings are selected for their interest in education and value their time with you. This clerkship is oriented toward adult learners—results are directly correlated with effort. Our faculty will invest their time and talents in helping you on your journey into the world of Internal Medicine, while also pushing you to take ownership for your own learning.
The following pages contain information that will be useful to you throughout the clerkship. The clerkship directors and administrators have an open-door, rapid accessibility policy. If you have any concerns about the clerkship, your rotations, or your own personal learning, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. We look forward to working with you!
Phoebe Ashley, MD
Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship
Associate Professor of Medicine