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Internship Prep Course

Course Director: Dr. Kathryn Mutter

Duration: 2 weeks

Typical day: 8/9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact the track director (internal/surgery/OBGYN/peds)

Course Description: Students will participate in an integrated curriculum with problem-based learning that introduces patient scenarios with role-playing and reviews relevant knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology and procedural skills for urgent clinical scenarios, such as acute chest pain, respiratory distress and altered mental status. It will include time for task trainer simulation and cadaver procedure practice time. The culmination of problem-based and procedural learning will be a final cumulative practice and testing period with simulation scenarios on a task trainer incorporating clinical decision-making and procedural intervention choices.

Knowledge: The overall goal is to increase medical student readiness for the challenges of intern year in-hospital patient care. Students will solidify and review their understanding of common acute care challenges encountered in the hospital during their internship year. These challenges include patients with respiratory distress, chest pain, confusion, electrolyte disturbances and EKG abnormalities. The students will gain extensive practice working through differentials for these general complaints, not only with critical thinking, but also with procedural and medical interventions. This will be accomplished through mock patient encounters both in role playing scenarios and with task trainers.

Skills: Students will review common procedural skills useful for their internship year, including central line placement, endotracheal intubation, and intraosseous line placement and will have the unique opportunity to practice on cadavers.

Attitude: Students will have the opportunity to practice consenting patients for common in-hospital interventions, such as blood transfusions and central line placements, and practice difficult patient/family conversations, such as establishing advance directives, DNR/DNI orders and withdrawing care.