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Electives - Internal Medicine - General Medicine

Internal Medicine - Salem

Elective Number: 1505 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Amar Sawh

Rotation Location: Building 143, 4J

Supervisor Office Phone/Email: Amar.Sawh@va.gov; VA Pager 1396, ext 2206

Designated Signer: Clerkship Director or Attending on Duty

Duration: 4 weeks

Available: all Rotations

Coordinator Office Phone/Email: Linda.Ferguson-Saunders@va.gov; ext 2202 / Brenda.Casinger2@va.gov; ext 2204

For Orientation, Report to: Linda Ferguson-Saunders or Brenda Casinger, Medical Service Student Coordinators

Time to Report for Orientation: 1:00 pm

Place to Report for Orientation: Building 143 C1-56; 1EF-115 or room 1EF-116

Typical non-call day: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: A student may not take time off during an ACE.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 2 - 4 

Course Description: Students will work on a medical ward at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, under the direct supervision of medical residents and attending physicians. Each acting intern will work-up, manage and follow selected patients and will be assigned primary responsibility for their care. This is an excellent opportunity for students to provide primary care for hospitalized medical patients under the supervision of medical residents and full time faculty attendings, (hospitalists). Opportunity for supervised follow-up of discharged patients in the ambulatory clinic will also be provided. There will be night call (typically untill 9:00 pm), weekend call and weekend rounds.

At all times the students will be assigned to a team comprising a teaching hospitalist attending who eviews the learning experience of the student. Consultations with sub-specialty attendings will enhance the academic process. 

Goals and objectives:

  1. Acquisition of a basic knowledge in Internal Medicine as set forth in the program's curriculum.
  2. Learn to perform a thorough but focused clinical examination (history taking and physical examination).
  3. Improve clinical judgment in regards to integration of clinical data and the use of diagnostic studies.
  4. Performance of procedures.
  5. Training in handling multiple, simultaneous clinical tasks and problems.
  6. Teaching in regards to the qualities requisite of a good internist including humanistic, professional and medical attributes.