Courses

Anesthesiology

Course Goal: 
Preoperative management and evaluation of patients in specialized care and pain management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, respiratory care problems, critically ill and inert patients in special care units. Students study each admitted case, understand the patient’s history of present illness, decipher the type of anesthesia required for the procedure and be aware of the indications, contraindications and complications of such procedures. Students also develop an understanding of the difference between resuscitative fluids and maintenance fluids, as well as how to administer each kind. 

Program: 

  • Rotate through various inpatient and outpatient services. 
  • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
  • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Cardiology

Course Goals: 
As a sub-specialty of internal medicine, the cardiology elective clerkship provides an educational experience in the evaluation and management of a wide variety of patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions, such as coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, acute myocardial infarction, and other acute ischemic syndromes. Students are exposed to a variety of patients and pathologies such as, lipid disorders, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, vascular heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and infectious and inflammatory heart disease. Students learn how to interpret electrocardiograms and learn in-depth knowledge of cardiac assessment modalities, such Holter monitoring, stress testing, echocardiography and cardiac catheterization. 

Program: 
   
   • Rotate through various inpatient and outpatient services. 
   • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
   • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Emergency Medicine


Course Goals: 
Students learn to manage various patients presenting to the Emergency Department, including exposure to core emergency medicine guidelines as outlined by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). Medical students assist in performing basic procedures (intravenous insertion, venipuncture, Foley catheter insertion, NG insertion, ECG administration and interpretation, splinting, simple suturing, wound care, etc.) and observing the triaging process. Students learn how to triage, assess, formulate differential diagnoses, and plan and manage patients in an acute care setting. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through various inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Supplemental Reading Materials: 
    
    • Master the Boards USMLE Step 2 CK, 3rd Edition. Fischer et al 
    • Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 31st Edition. Green et al 
    • Pocket Medicine: The Massachusetts General Hospital. Marc S. Sabatine
    • Handbook of Internal Medicine, 4th Edition. 
    • Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. Goldman et al 
    • Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Edition. Fauci et al 
    • Step-Up to Medicine, 2nd Edition. Agabegi & Agabegi 
    • First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK, 8th Edition. Le et al 

 

Family Medicine Sub-Internship


Course Goal: 
Students experience the role of an intern in the Family Medicine department. This rotation provides an understanding of family medicine, in inpatient and outpatient ambulatory care. Students observe how the practice of Family Medicine is integrated into the spectrum of care delivered by a large multi-specialty institution. Students are able to develop patient rapport, refine history taking and physical examinations skills, and learn to formulate proper assessment and management plans. 

Program: 
   
    • Rotate through various inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

Supplemental Reading Materials: 

Case Files in Family Medicine 
Swanson’s Family Practice Review 
Blueprints Family Medicine 

Fischer et al al - Master the Boards USMLE Step 2 CK, 3rd Edition 
Green et al.  -  Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 31st Edition 
Marc S. Sabatine   - Pocket Medicine, 4th Edition 
Goldman et al. - Goldman’s Cecil Medicine 
Fauci et al.  - Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Edition 
Agabegi & Agabegi  - Step-Up to Medicine (outpatient medicine section), 2nd Edition 
Le et al.  - First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK, 8th Edition 

 

General Surgery Sub-Internship


Course Goals: 
Fourth year medical students experience the role of first-year residents. Daily activities include operating room assistance of various surgical procedures, rounds with clinical bedside teaching, opportunities to participate in surgical consultations. Students also participate in the emergency evaluation of acutely ill and injured patients requiring emergent surgery. Under supervision, students have the opportunity to develop surgical skills, as appropriate, in the context of patient care, including first assist on basic cases, central line and chest tube placement and suturing techniques. 

Program: 
    
    • Rotate through various inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Geriatric Psychiatry


Course Goals: 
As a sub-specialty of psychiatry and neurology, this clerkship provides in-depth clinical experience in managing elderly patients with a wide variety of psychiatric and neurological impairment. Emphasis will be placed on obtaining an in-depth psychiatric history, performing a comprehensive mental status examinations and establishing a positive professional doctor-patient relationship. Students are exposed to legal issues such as mental competency, severity, and civil commitment as well as its relevance to the clinical management of other co-existing medical conditions. Students will receive clinical experience in both primary care and consultation of patients in acute, ambulatory, community, and long-term care settings in order to understand the interaction of natural aging and disease progression, as well as the techniques of assessment, therapy and management. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through various inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty.

 

Hematology & Oncology


Course Goals: 
Students learn how to assess, diagnose and manage blood dyscrasias, while applying evidence based medicine. This sub-specialty will cover such diseases as iron deficiency anemia, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, leukemias and lymphomas. Students are able to participate in the assessment and treatment of both acutely and chronically ill patients, while learning of the natural history of cancer, current ongoing research in related fields as well as the effectiveness of various therapeutic programs. 

Prerequisite: 
Internal Medicine Core 

Program: 
    
    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty.  

 

Infectious Diseases


Course Goals: 
Students learn how to assess and manage patients of both inpatient and ambulatory settings with a variety of communicable diseases caused by pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi and parasites. Students follow patients from symptom onset through therapy and post-therapy surveillance. The prevention and transmission of communicable diseases will appropriately be emphasized throughout this course. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Internal Medicine Sub-Internship


Course Goal: 
Our clerkship allows fourth year medical students to take on the role of a medical intern. Our sub-intern functions as an intern for patients on the inpatient medical ward, where they are exposed to patients with a wide range of medical pathologies. Students participate in assessing, diagnosing, managing and in surveillance of a variety of patients and their medical conditions. Students will become proficient in history taking, performing physical examinations and developing tailored treatment plans. They round with attendings and senior residents and become integral players in the management of patients. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

Supplemental Reading Materials: 

Fischer et al al  -  Master the Boards USMLE Step 2 CK, 3rd Edition 
Green et al.  -  Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics, 31st Edition 
Marc S. Sabatine  -  Pocket Medicine, 4th Edition 
Goldman et al.  -  Goldman’s Cecil Medicine 
Fauci et al.  -  Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Edition 
Agabegi & Agabegi  -  Step-Up to Medicine (outpatient medicine section), 2nd Edition 
Le et al.  -  First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK, 8th Edition 

 

Internal Medicine Sub-Internship 2


Course Description: 
This sub-internship is ideal for fourth year medical students preparing for their board examinations. Students assume a role similar to that of an intern or resident with schedule flexibility and self-directed study. Students are expected to rotate through inpatient and outpatient services, attend high-yield didactic courses in Medicine, and become proficient in history taking, performing physical examinations and developing tailored treatment plans. Students work closely with faculty in the residency program and will have access to notable board reviewers and authors in medical education. 

Program: 
    
    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Nephrology Clerkship


Course Goals: 
Students are exposed to pathologies of nephrology such as, acute and chronic hemo-dialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy, peritoneal dialysis and renal biopsies. Students will gain exposure to dialysis and expert corporeal therapies and participate in decision making for patients undergoing such therapies. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Neurology


Course Goals: 
Students learn and participate in the diagnosis and treatment of various neurologic pathologies such as, acute and chronic stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, dementia, movement disorders and sleep medicine. Students work closely with attendings and partake in both inpatient and outpatient services with extensive didactic lectures. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Neurosurgery


Course Goals: 
Students serve as integral members of the neurosurgical service, while improving their history taking and physical examination skills, acquiring skills in basic operative techniques and learning the basics of post-operative patient management. They participate in conferences, rounds, surgical procedures, inpatient and outpatient consultations and overnight calls. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty.

 

Orthopedic Surgery


Course Goals: 
This clerkship will emphasize the study and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases, disorders, and injuries and their treatment by medical, surgical and physical methods. Clinical experience will include inpatient care, pre-operative evaluation and post-operative follow-up, as well as treatment alternatives for nonsurgical patients such as cast application and arthrocenteses. Students review patient cases and learn how to assess and manage various orthopedic pathologies. Students learn the indications, contraindications and complications of various orthopedic procedures. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Otolaryngology/ENT


Course Goal: 
Students participate in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, throat, and head and neck pathologies. Underlying pathologies are discussed, and treatment modalities are explained including the decision to choose between medical or surgical treatment options. Students will experience Clinical and Operating Room situations under the guidance of an ENT specialist. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Palliative Care/ Pain Management


Course Goals: 
Students partake in clinical rounds with a Palliative Care Team, which includes social workers, nurses, religious clergy and physicians. Students participate in clinical patient management, which involves psychiatry/psychology, pain management and dietary components. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Pathology


Course Goals: 
This course will provide students with an introduction to clinical pathology with emphasis on molecular pathology and disease pathophysiology. Students participate in several pathology subspecialties, including surgical pathology, molecular pathology, cytopathology, informatics, laboratory medicine and translational research. Students work closely with faculty and trainees and will participate in tutorial sessions and attend department conferences. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Course Goals 
Students are clinically involved with the rehabilitation of adult patients with a variety of pathologies such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, cardiac complications, musculoskeletal disorders and more. Students work with residents and faculty members on the inpatient rehabilitation ward, consultation service, electro-diagnostic laboratory and outpatient clinics. Student participate in the educational activities of the department, which include didactic sessions, journal club, “gym rounds,” “lunch and learn,” and guest presentations. 

Program: 
   
     • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
     • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
     • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Pulmonary Clerkship


Course Goals: 
Students observe and participate in the management of inpatients and outpatients with a wide variety of pulmonary pathologies such as, obstructive and interstitial lung disease, lung neoplasms, pulmonary embolism, respiratory tract infections and pleural and chest wall disorders. Students learn how to interpret diagnostic examinations such as, chest x-rays, MRI’s, CT scans and pulmonary function tests. They will manage a variety of pulmonary diseases from initial presentation to treatment and post-treatment surveillance. 

Program: 

     • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
     • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
     • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Radiology


Course Goals: 
Students are introduced to a range of imaging modalities and their role in evaluating medical conditions and providing medical diagnoses. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate utilization of imaging studies and on basic interpretation. Students will attend and participate in various imaging procedures, daily lectures, case presentations, conferences and interpretation sessions. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

Rheumatology


Course Goals: 
In this subspecialty of internal medicine, students participate in inpatient and outpatient settings where they participate in the assessment, management and surveillance of acute and chronic rheumatologic patients. Students participate in rounds with attendings and residents and learn of innovative treatment options. 

Program: 

    • Rotate through inpatient and outpatient services. 
    • Daily rounds, consults and case presentations with Attending physicians, fellows and residents. 
    • Opportunity to attend high yield lectures and board review sessions by renowned faculty. 

 

 

U.S. Hospital Clinical Clerkships. American Council of Graduate Medical Education Core Competencies: Patient Care. Medical Knowledge. Professionalism. Systems-based Practice. Practice-based Learning. Interpersonal and Communication Skills

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