M3 Year (Clerkship Year)

M3 Year (Clerkship Year) 2017-08-02T13:16:58+00:00

CORE CLERKSHIPS:

Family Medicine Clerkship

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM:

Completion of M2 Year; Year Three

PURPOSE:

The Family Medicine clerkship is a required primary care ambulatory rotation. The clerkship teaches the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to provide continuing, comprehensive and preventive care to individuals and families who represent a broad spectrum of ages and cultures in the outpatient setting.

COMPETENCIES:

During the six-week clerkship, students will increase their ability to:

  1. Diagnose and manage common acute and chronic ambulatory problems in a well-reasoned manner
  2. Provide comprehensive patient care with a family and community perspective
  3. Recognize and address personal knowledge, skill, and/or reasoning gaps that arise during patient encounters
  4. Behave in a professional and ethical manner.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:

Students spend approximately 1 and ½ days per week at the UIC Department of Family Medicine where they:

  1. Work in small groups on typical family medicine problems
  2. Participate in workshops designed to enhance particular skills

Students spend the remainder of the clerkship in a clinical practice site where they are supervised by Family Medicine attending physicians and residents.

ASSESSMENT:

Students’ clinical performance is evaluated by faculty members using Department’s Clerkship Evaluation form. Students are also required to pass a Family Medicine multiple-choice national examination and may be required, as well, to complete locally developed clinical performance assessments.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION:

Program Number: CLER 606

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director:  Sagina Hanjrah, hanjrah@uic.edu

Program Coordinator: Claire Bridges – cbridg4@uic.edu

Telephone: 312-413-8493

Duration: 6 Weeks

Night Call: At some sites

Weekends: At some sites

Students Accepted:

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 8

Laboratory/Independent Study: 3-5

Outpatient: 30-40

Inpatient: 0-5

Total Hours /Week: 50-55

KEY WORDS: Family Practice, ambulatory care, primary care, continuing, comprehensive and preventive care, care of individuals in the context of the family, care of the family as a unit, biopsychosocial approach, patient-centered medicine, culturally competent care, doctor-patient relationship.

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting  Instructions for the Core Clerkships.

 

Updated: 10/13/16

Medicine Clerkship

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM:

Completion of M2 Year; Year Three

PURPOSE:

The basic Internal Medicine clerkship is designed to expose students to the comprehensive approach to adult patients with nonsurgical disease. The emphasis is on perfecting the fundamental skills of data collection, clinical reasoning, and understanding of pathophysiological process. The experience is patient-centered, supplemented with didactic presentations and student readings appropriate to the care of their own patients. In their first exposure to Internal Medicine
as a discipline, students simulate the role of a trained internist under the close supervision of resident trainees and faculty members.

COMPETENCIES:

The following competencies are necessary to achieve the goals of the Medicine clerkship:

    1. Perform a comprehensive history and physical with the ability to present complicated cases clearly and succinctly
    2. Understand the process of clinical decision making that is based on an appreciation of basic and clinical science, clinical epidemiology and the psychosocial make-up of an individual patient
    3. Gain Internal Medicine skills by learning to identify and prioritize patients’ medical problems
    4. Display the ability to interact with patients effectively and understand the concept of individual patient advocacy
    5. Display professionalism in patient care and in interaction with peers and ancillary personnel; and be an effective member of the health care delivery team.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:

      1. Eight week assignment to inpatient acute care medicine units
      2. Working with a health care team composed of colleagues, residents, and faculty members
      3. Frequent formal rounds with attending physicians, emphasizing pathophysiology and clinical decision making
      4. Four week assignment to ambulatory general medicine and subspecialty practices
      5. Working one-on-one with attending physicians in the outpatient setting
      6. Attendance at departmental teaching conferences
      7. Didactic curriculum designed specifically for third year medical students.

IMPORTANT:

All students will have one month of inpatient and one month of outpatient at their designated sites.  These sites include Christ Medical Center, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, St. Joseph of Chicago, University of Illinois Hospital, Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Weiss Hospital. *In addition, all students assigned to the various community sites, will spend one month of inpatient at the University of Illinois or at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (assigned by the Clerkship Director).
Students assigned to University of Illinois or Jesse Brown VA, will spend one month of inpatient at one of the community hospitals listed above (assigned by the Clerkship Director).
The ambulatory component is composed of a core curriculum as well as clinical experiences at a variety of sites. During the ambulatory component, there is neither call nor any weekend clinical responsibilities. The core curriculum classes are held each Monday at the University of Illinois and include a variety of educational experiences.

ASSESSMENT:

Written clinical evaluations from residents and attending physicians, and a clerkship examination given at the end of the rotation.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION:

Program Number: CLER 605

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director: Asra R. Khan, MD,  Veronica Guzman (Coordinator)

Telephone: 312-996-5998

E-Mail: arkhan@uic.edu, vmguzman@uic.edu

Duration: 12 Weeks

Night Call: Yes

Weekends: Yes

Number of Students Accepted:

Housetaff Used as Faculty:  Yes

Lectures/ Conferences/ Faculty Contact:

Laboratory/Independent Study:

Outpatient:

Inpatient:

Total Hours/Week:

KEY WORDS: History and physical examination, pathophysiology, clinical epidemiology, professionalism, patient advocacy, cost effectiveness, clinical reasoning.

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting Instructions for the Medicine Clerkship.

 

Updated:  10/1/14

Surgery Clerkship

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM:

Completion of M2 Year; Year Three

PURPOSE:

The General Surgery Clerkship is designed to be an introduction to Surgery and selected surgical subspecialties. Students are assigned to the inpatient surgical wards and clinics. The students are taught the approach to the surgical patient and participate in pre- and postoperative care as well as perform certain invasive techniques safely. By the end of rotation, students are expected to know the indications and the contradictions and the role of ancillary services in managing surgical diseases.

COMPETENCIES:

As a result of attending this clerkship, the student should be familiar with and be able to perform the following functions:

  1. Perform a complete and competent history and physical examination on surgical patients on the wards and in the Surgical Clinics
  2. Review, record, and communicate clinical observations both in the chart and on rounds
  3. Perform a variety of invasive procedures including nasogastric intubation, venous access, arterial puncture, wound dressing, and closure of simple wounds
  4. Know when to order and how to interpret common diagnostic tests and laboratory results in surgical patients
  5. Be familiar with sterile technique, common operative procedures, and the operating room environment
  6. Detect and anticipate common postoperative complications
  7. Gain initial exposure to selected surgical subspecialties (site specific)
  8. Understand indications per various surgical procedures and their timing.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:

The students are expected to participate in all activities of the service. These include daily rounds with the Surgical Residents, outpatient clinics, teaching rounds, Interdisciplinary Conferences, conferences with the Attending Staff, and informal teaching sessions. Students will be required to take hospital night call according to a schedule developed at each site, but with a frequency not to exceed every fourth night. Students are expected to become familiar with sterile technique, common operative procedures and the operating room environment. “Scrubbing” on actual surgical procedures is encouraged during all phases of the rotation. A didactic lecture series is offered to the students and is given by the faculty in Surgery. The lecture series is attended by students from all sites, occurs on Thursday afternoon and is mandatory. The lecture series is meant to supplement and not rep lace the student’s reading and independent study.

ASSESSMENT:

Students are evaluated clinically by the Attending faculty and Senior level residents (2/3 of the grade) and have a final examination (1/3 of the final grade).

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION:

Program Number: CLER 604

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director: Amelia Bartholomew, MD

Program Coordinator: Tricia Harvat,  babcockt@uic.edu

Telephone:312-996-6765 or 312-996-1734  Fax:  312-355-3722

Duration: 8 Weeks

Night Call: Q4

Weekends: Yes

Students Accepted: All

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences/ Faculty Contact: 6-8

Laboratory/Independent Study: 6-8

Outpatient: 18

Total Hours/Week 36-42

Key Words: General Surgery pre-and post-operative care, wound management, surgical subspecialties

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting Instructions for the Surgery Clerkships.

Updated:  10/1/14

Pediatrics Clerkship

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM:

Completion of M2 Year; Year Three

PURPOSE:

The clerkship provides extensive clinical experience with diseases of infants, children, and adolescents, as w ell as with normal infants and children. Patients are seen in a variety of clinical settings, including the newborn nursery, the pediatrics inpatient units, and a variety of outpatient settings as well as in the emergency room. Normal processes of growth and development are emphasized, and diseases are approached within this frame of reference. The student will develop basic skills in the evaluation and management of infants and children, and will gain an understanding of the attitudes and approaches of pediatric medicine that are intended to foster optimal physical and psychosocial development of the child.

COMPETENCIES:

In the process of completing this course, students acquire the following competencies: 1) An understanding of normal growth and development from the newborn period through adolescence; 2) The ability to identify and assess clinical problem s in pediatric-age patients; 3) The knowledge and experience to develop an appropriate medical management plan for infants, children, and adolescents; 4) An understanding of the role of psychosocial factors on child health and welfare; 5) Knowledge of the principal elements of preventive pediatrics, including immunization and anticipatory guidance; 6) The ability to communicate effectively with patients/caretakers.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:

Varies somewhat from site to site. However, the general structure is:

  1. One week is spent in the Normal Nusery, three weeks in Ambulatory, which may include call in the Pediatric Emergency Room, and two weeks on a general pediatrics inpatient unit.
  2. There is a core lecture series that students are required to attend
  3. There are various other lectures and conferences, including weekly Grand Rounds are also elements of the educational program
  4. Students are required to complete a series of web-based interactive clinical cases.

ASSESSMENT:

A composite performance evaluation is prepared by the site coordinator from in formation supplied by the faculty members and house staff who worked with the student in the nursery, outpatient setting, inpatient unit, and the clinics. A clerkship examination is also given at the end of the rotation.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION:

Program Number: CLER 603

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director: Claudia Boucher-Berry, MD
Co-site Director: Karen Hayani, MD –
Email: khayani@uic.edu
Phone: 312-996-1789

Program Coordinator: Chris Hansen

Telephone: 312- 996-3076
Email: chanse6@uic.edu

Duration: 6 Weeks

Night Call: call until 10:00 pm on 4 occasions

Weekends: Yes

Students Accepted:

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences: Vary in Quantity by Clerkship Site

Laboratory: No

Outpatient: 2 Weeks

Inpatient: 2 Weeks

Total Hours/Weeks: 40-60

KEY WORDS:  Pediatric medicine, infants, children, adolescents, comprehensive care, health maintenance, immunization, health promotion.

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting  Instructions for the Pediatric Clerkships.

 

Updated:  6/14/16

Psychiatry Clerkship

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM:

Completion of M2 Year; Year Three

PURPOSE:

In the core psychiatry clerkship, students learn how to understand, diagnose and treat patients with psychiatric disorders. They are trained to conduct diagnostic interviews and perform comprehensive mental status examinations. They learn to work with multidisciplinary teams to provide psychiatric treatment in inpatient, consult/liaison, outpatient and emergency room settings, and to use a biopsychosocial framework to understand psychiatric illness.

COMPETENCIES:

In the process of completing this course, students acquire the following competencies:

    1. Perform and articulate a comprehensive mental status examination, including psychiatric and neuropsychiatric elements
    2. Conduct psychiatric interviews with a wide variety of patients, demonstrating ability to establish rapport and obtain information pertinent to diagnosis
    3. Identify and collect other clinical data needed to diagnose behavioral disturbances, including relevant laboratory studies and psychological testing
    4. Formulate a comprehensive and accurate differential diagnosis for psychiatric symptoms, using standard diagnostic nomenclature
    5. Use a biopsychosocial framework to describe biological, intrapsychic, familial and sociocultural influences on patients’ presenting complaints
    6. Understand the indications for, and basic principles of, commonly used psychiatric treatments, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, family therapy, group therapy, pharmacotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy
    7. Recognize psychiatric emergencies and perform basic emergency intervention.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:

Inpatient psychiatry units, outpatient psychiatry clinics, psychiatry emergency services, child psychiatry clinics, psychiatry consultation/liaison services, and lectures.

Reporting Instructions:

All students report to orientation at 1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 361, 9:00 AM on the first Monday with Drs. Blitzstein, Fox and Birute Pabedinskas, instructions for site reporting will be given at this orientation.

ASSESSMENT:

Clinical evaluation, standardized patient examination, written clerkship examination.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION:

Program Number: CLER 602

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Program Director: Sean Blitzstein, MD – sblitz@uic.edu

Coordinator: Elizabeth Hearne – ehearne@psych.uic.edu

Telephone: 312-996-4981

Duration: 6 Weeks

Night Call: Yes

Weekends: Yes, if on call

Students Accepted: 38/clerkship

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty: Contact: 6

Laboratory/Independent Study:

Outpatient: Varies

Inpatient: Varies

Total Hours/Week: 36-40

KEY WORDS: Mental status examination, psychiatric interview, biopsychosocial framework, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, organic mental disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, somatoform disorders, childhood psychiatric disorders.

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting Instructions for the Psychiatry Clerkships.

Updated:  7/27/16

Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM:

Completion of M2 Year, Year Three

PURPOSE:

The overall objective oh the Third Year Clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology is that students acquire and apply the basic information and master the basic skills needed by all physicians who provide care for women.  Further, students will be exposed to a variety of patients with obstetric and gynecologic problems; including normal and high-risk pregnancies, pregnancy wastage and infertility, gynecologic endocrine abnormalities, infections, psychosomatic, and neoplastic problems.  Students will also encounter patients who desire contraceptive advice or have problems in the psychosexual sphere.  Students spend three weeks on synecology ambulatory and surgical services, evaluating patients in general gynecology, gynecologic oncology, family planning, and endocrine clinics.  During the three weeks on the obstetrical services, students rotate on prenatal clinics, labor and delivery, and antepartum/postpartum wards.  These are subject to change as the clerkship is revised; also, there may be some site variations.

COMPETENCIES:

Within the context of human reproduction and the various physiological and psychosocial aspects of health and disease, students will demonstrate ability to:

  1. Obtain and record a gynecologic and sexual history, as well as an obstetrical history
  2. Perform a pelvic examination satisfactorily
  3. Perform and interpret a breast examination
  4. Evaluate a patient’s pain and therapy
  5. Assess the status of a woman in labor.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:

Students rotate onto three wards – labor and delivery, antepartum /postpartum , and gynecology. Patients are seen in ambulatory sites in the clinics: antepartum, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, reproductive/endocrine, and family planning. Students have a variety of didactic sessions to attend including subspecialty seminars, core lectures, visiting faculty lectures and seminars, grand rounds and teaching rounds. Students are encouraged to present patients to attendings and senior residents. Students also participate in the pelvic teaching associates program where they develop their breast and pelvic examination skills on women who are trained to act as patient models. This allows review of skills and methods prior to examinations of patients.

ASSESSMENT:

Performance is evaluated by residents and faculty members using the College of Medicine Clerkship Evaluation Form, by means of clinical pathophysiology/management cases as well as through direct observation during clinical activities. Student’s cognitive knowledge base is assessed through the National Board of Medical Examiners multiple choice examination in Obstetrics/Gynecology.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION:

Program Number:CLER 601

Location: Various Sites as Assigned

Clerkship Director:  Julia Switzer, MD, jswitzer@uic.edu

Program Coordinator: Rose Cazares – rcazares@uic.edu
Coordinator Phone: 312-996-7430

Telephone: 312-355-3534

Duration: 6 Weeks

Night Call: 6-10 hours

Weekends: Yes

Students Accepted: 2-10 per site

Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 6/3/10

Laboratory/Independent Study: Pelvic Exam (Clinical Performance Center)

Outpatient: Varies

Total Hours/Week: 42 plus 6-10 hours of call

KEY WORDS: Ambulatory Care, Family Planning, Reproductive Endocrinology, Gynecologic Oncology, Perinatology, Infertility, Contraception, Antepartum/Postpartum, Cervical Dysplasia, Amenorrhea

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting  Instructions for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship.

 

Updated: 12/8/16

Neurology Clerkship

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM

Must be a current M3 or M4 student.

REQUIREMENTS:
Be aware that paperwork for the sites is required 4 weeks in advance of the clerkship start date, and for the VA paperwork is needed 6 weeks in advance.  Students are not allowed to start their rotation at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center without it.

PURPOSE:

Student clerks spend two weeks on the Neurology Service at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVA), the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center (UICMC) or Advocate Christ Medical Center (ACMC). Although students may express a preference for placement at a particular site, the Clerkship Director reserves the right to change assignments between the JBVA and UIH.  Because of this, students are required to have up-to-date VA credentials at the start of the clerkship.  Students who select to rotate at Christ will not be reassigned.  Students who rotate at Christ will still have the same basic requirements (weekends, end-of-rotation exam) as students at other clinical sites. Paperwork must be completed 4 weeks in advance for Christ and the paperwork must be completed 6 weeks in advance at VAMC, please see forms section of the website: Clinical Site Compliance Requirements & Forms

Students must be present for orientation on the first Monday of the Clerkship.  Unexcused absence from orientation will require rescheduling of the Clerkship.  Each medical student will be allowed no more than 2 days in the rotation for excused absences.  All absences must cleared by the Clerkship Director no later than 4 week prior to the start of the Clerkship.  Students will be assigned to one resident and one faculty member. If any students are interested in Neuro ICU rotation that option is available.

COMPETENCIES:

In the process of completing this course students acquire the following competencies:

  • Become proficient with a basic neurological examination.
  • Increase knowledge and skills in performing a more comprehensive examination.
  • Learn and apply the principles of neurological localization to clinical diagnosis.
  • Know the major categories and cardinal manifestations of neurological diseases.
  • Be able to recognize common neurological emergencies.
  • Be familiar with major modes of neurological therapy.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:

The clerkship has a two-week structure with an orientation at the beginning, and a final exam at the end of the clerkship. Students will be provided with the learning objectives and the basic neurology course on blackboard.

ASSESSMENT:

Each student is evaluated in writing by supervising attendings and residents in the  inpatient and outpatient services. A brief examination will be administered at the end of the rotation. Final grades will be based upon students clinical service performance, and utilize a pass/fail system rather than the clinical grading rubric used in other M3/M4 clinical experiences.  Completion of an on-line College of Medicine “Final Course Evaluation” is required before receiving a final grade.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Program Number: SPEC 714

Location: JBVA/UICMC/ACMC

Program Director: Rita Shapiro, DO – rshapiro@uic.edu

Program Coordinator: Terenda jones – terenda@uic.edu – back up contact Karen Keys-Faulkner –  kkeyes@uic.edu 

Telephone: 312-996-1757  Fax: 312-413-1388

Duration: 2 Weeks

Night Call: Sites may require it

Weekends: Sites may require it

Students Accepted: 10 at UICMC, 4 at JBVA, 5 at ACMC (this number change)

Housestaff Used as Faculty: No

Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 10-15

Laboratory/Independent Study: Not required, research opportunities available

Outpatient: Varies per site

Inpatient: Varies per site

Total Hours/Week: 40

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting Instructions for Neurology.

 

Updated:  8/25/16

The third (M3) year consists of clinical clerkships in seven core disciplines and the Essentials of Clinical Practice & Professionalism (ECPP1) course. In each clerkship, students develop competencies specific to the disciplines as well as to the practice of medicine in general. Care of hospitalized and ambulatory patients at affiliated hospital and clinical sites throughout the Chicagoland area* gives students their first experience with both the time commitment and the emotional demands of the physician’s life. The habits of information gathering and study developed in the basic science years are now brought into play in “real time” situations, further preparing students for the lifelong learning required by their profession.

Students may choose to fill their unscheduled time with M3 Elective Offerings which are available as a way to expose M3 students to specialties in a two week experience.  There are also many other electives available in the various specialties. Electives taken in the M3 year may be applied toward the elective requirement in the M4 year. For more information, please see M4 graduation requirements.

The Graduation Competency Examination (GCE), a graduation requirement, takes place at the end of the M3 year.  Satisfactory completion of the seven core clerkships, ECPP1, and the GCE are graduation requirements for the M3 year.

* Students are responsible for their own transportation to affiliated sites.  Site preference cannot be given to students who do not own a car.

Related Links for the Core Clerkships:
Clerkship Hospital Site Listings
Clinical Site Compliance Requirements & Forms
Coordinator and Director Contact Information
Educational Policies & Procedures
Essentials of Clinical Practice and Professionalism and Laboratory Medicine Absence Policy​
Map of Clerkship Site Locations
M3 Clerkship Examination Schedule
M3 Clerkship Tracks Schedule
M3 Scheduling Forms
M3/M4 Clinical Experience Absence Policy
M3/M4 Clinical Experience Excused Absence Request Form
Registrar Main Page
Reporting Instructions ​
Required & Recommended Textbooks