The Cardiology clerkship at AAMC will enable students to acquire the fundamentals of clinical cardiology under the guidance and supervision of the clinical cardiology attending in the inpatient setting. Students will evaluate patients in whom cardiac consultation is required including patients with arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure and valvular disease. Along with the cardiology attending, the student will formulate a diagnostic and therapeutic plan. There will be the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cardiac physical diagnosis, electrocardiography, echocardiography, exercise testing, cardiac catheterization and angiography and nuclear cardiology. The student will attend the weekly didactic cardiology conference.
The Endocrinology clerkship at AAMC will allow students to be active in all functions of the integrated endocrine program of the medical service, attending clinic, rounding on patients, and evaluating new consultations under the supervision of hospitalists and attending endocrinologists. In both the inpatient and outpatient settings, students will take a comprehensive history, perform a physical examination and review all laboratory tests. They will learn key history and physical examination features important in the diagnosis of endocrine disorders. They will learn how to order appropriate endocrine tests and learn how to interpret those tests in the context of diagnostic and therapeutic paradigms.
The Gastroenterology clerkship at AAMC will provide the student with a well-rounded exposure to clinical gastroenterology in a regional community hospital. The student will perform consultations on hospitalized patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal problems. These patients will be discussed in detail with the attending gastroenterologist who will also evaluate the patient. Relevant x-ray studies and pathology specimens will be reviewed. The student will also observe a variety of diagnostic/therapeutic procedures including endoscopy, colonoscopy, and ERCP and will learn their usefulness, limitations, and appropriate role in clinical problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between understanding of pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease and the evaluation and management of patients with gastrointestinal disorders.
The General Medicine clerkship at AAMC is designed to provide students with a wide exposure to common medical problems with an emphasis on increased responsibility for patient care in the hospital setting. Students will be paired with a hospitalist under the supervision of an attending physician. Students will assume greater responsibility for the continuing care of patients they have admitted until discharge. These responsibilities will include case management, technical procedures, clinical assessment and decision making, progress note writing and daily communication with consultants and primary care physicians in the community.
The Hematology/Oncology clerkship at AAMC will provide an introduction to medical oncology and clinical hematology with an emphasis on the broad areas of diagnosis and treatment of neoplastic disease. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of hematologic and oncologic disorders in the inpatient and outpatient environment. Students will attend weekly conferences and will be exposed to a multidisciplinary approach to the management of patients with neoplastic disease.
The Infectious Diseases clerkship at AAMC will provide students with experience in inpatient, clinical infectious diseases. Students will evaluate patients with infectious diseases each day and discuss diagnosis and management with the attending physician on rounds. The course will emphasize the pathophysiology of infectious diseases, differential diagnosis, and principles of antimicrobial therapy. There will be an opportunity to see a broad spectrum of clinical problems including common community-acquired infections, AIDS, nosocomial infections, and infections related to immunosuppression and surgery.
The Intensive Care clerkship at AAMC offers the student to be an integral member of the inpatient ICU team in a busy 24-bed mixed medical and surgical ICU where the majority of the patients are on the medical service. The student’s primary role will be caring for the medical ICU patients under the supervision of the pulmonary and critical care attending. The unique setting of AAMC hospital allows for the diagnosis and management of common and uncommon life threatening illness presenting from the community. Management of respiratory failure, sepsis, shock, cardiac injuries and stroke will be emphasized. The student will attend the educational meetings of the Department of Medicine and give a short talk at the end of the rotation.
The Nephrology clerkship at AAMC is designed to give students a well-rounded exposure to the principles and practices of nephrology, with major emphasis on renal physiology, pathophysiology, hypertension, and IC nephrology, transplantation, and dialysis. Students will participate in rounds, the consultative service, and didactic exercises. Students will work with the renal attending and hospitalists in the inpatient setting. Particular emphasis will be given to problem solving of disorders of fluid and electrolyte, as well as acid-base, and metabolism.
The Neurology clerkship at AAMC is an introduction to clinical neurology during which students are assigned to the inpatient neurology unit and consultative service in neurology at AAMC. Students learn to take neurologic histories, examine patients with particular attention to the nervous system and learn about and perform appropriate procedures used in the evaluation of patients on the neurology service. They learn to recognize and evaluate a wide variety of neurologic problems, including neurologic emergencies. They have a full schedule of ward and consult rounds and participate in the care of patients under the supervision of a neurology faculty member.