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Gastroenterology – ACMC

Updated: 02/15/22

Students must have completed all M3 Core Clerkships.

The goal of the elective is for students to develop cognitive skills and competency to evaluate patients with gastrointestinal diseases.

The objectives of this elective are:

  • To improve each student’s skills in carrying out an accurate and properly focused history and physical in-patients with complaints referable to the gastrointestinal system;
  • To make the student familiar with the clinical, chemical, and pathological features of common gastrointestinal disorders, e.g., viral/toxic hepatitis, cholecystitis, peptic ulcer disease, inflammatory and ischemic bowel disease, carcinoma of the colon, etc.
  • To make the student familiar with the modalities available for the diagnosis and treatment of common gastrointestinal disorders;
  • To enable the student to formulate a problem list and a diagnostic and therapeutic plan for patients with common gastrointestinal complaints.
  • To give the student a better grasp of normal gastrointestinal physiology and the ways in which both disease processes and therapy alter that physiology.

Live “in action” endoscopy will be viewed and correlated with patient’s symptoms, radiology findings, and lab tests. Dynamic discussions will help integrate the significance of the pathology seen, and illuminate a clear understanding of GI disease and management. The student can expect to walk away with an incredible knowledge and understanding of gastrointestinal disease.

Students are evaluated by their teaching attending, who observes their performance in the outpatient setting, at the bedside, and in rounds. Attendings use the College of Medicine Clerkship Evaluation form, which evaluates the students in terms of medical knowledge, clinical skills, professional behavior, and humanistic qualities. Attendings discuss their evaluation with the student at the end of the rotation.

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  • Program Number

    ELEC 614

  • Program Contacts

    Coordinator:  Lucia Ontiveros
    Telephone: 708-684-5405

  • Program Information

    Location: ACMC

    Duration: 4 Weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 12
    Gastrointestinal Laboratory: 20
    Outpatient: 6
    Inpatient: 10
    Total Hours /Week: 40

  • Reporting Instructions

    Please review this website prior to your first day.

    Report to Lucia Ontiveros, Internal Medicine Student Coordinator, Suite 131NO, North Office Building, at 8:00 AM. Parking is in Employee Lot #4, entrance by Keeler. Required forms must be in two weeks prior to start of rotation.

    Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.

    Required paperwork must be submitted 4 weeks prior to rotation.

    Note: Clinical electives at Advocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC, ALGH) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions.