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Gastroenterology – AIMMC

Updated: 9/26/14

Students must have completed the M3 Core Clerkship in Medicine.

Gastroenterology is one of the most diverse and exciting fields in medicine. The field of Gastroenterology encompasses diseases of the pancreas, bile duct, esophagus, stomach, small bowel, liver and colon. The disease states range from neoplastic to infectious to autoimmune. This rotation will expose the student to a broad range of diseases in both the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as provide exposure to the endoscopic evaluation of GI diseases.

The goals of this program are to develop an understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of the broad group of diseases as well as to enhance the student’s clinical and presentation skills. The student will manage both inpatients and outpatients as well as observe endoscopic procedures. Students will be able to:

  • Understand the pathophysiology and presentation of a variety of digestive diseases
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis and initiate a work-up for various GI diseases
  • Formulate treatment plans for patients with different disease states based on a firm understanding of the disease state and evidence-based medicine

The Gastroenterology teaching service consists of three geographic full-time gastroenterologists, a GI fellow and one or two medical residents, with an active inpatient service of 30-35 patients with rapid turnover. The student will be exposed to the entire field of gastroenterologic services, both diagnostic and therapeutic, as well as ongoing clinical research activities. All medical imaging studies and pathology specimens will be reviewed with the radiology and pathology services.

Written evaluations will be reviewed with the student. The student will be required to complete an evaluation form of his/her elective experience at the completion of the elective.

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  • Program Number

    ELEC 614

  • Program Contacts

    Site Director: Arturo Olivera Jr., MD

    Site Coordinator: DeBorah Anderson (contact Coordinator for availability)
    Telephone: 773-296-7079
    Email :

  • Program Information

    Location: AIMMC

    Duration:  4 Weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: 1 Sat. AM/Month
    Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max 1
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 25-30
    Gastrointestinal Laboratory: 8-10
    Outpatient: 10-12
    Inpatient: 20-24
    Total Hours /Week: 44

  • Reporting Instructions

    Please review this website prior to your first day.

    Students must report to the Student Coordinator, Deborah Anderson at 9:00 AM. Orientation is mandatory!
    Student Registration and Clearance Procedures:
    Report to DeBorah Anderson to complete your registration and clearance procedure form.

    1. Student must view Universal Protocol Policy/Time out Video within 24hrs of starting the rotation.  Student not complying with this request will not be able to rotate

    2. All students requiring access to CARENET/Care Connection (AIMMC’s web-based patient information system) must be registered for a training session by the clerkship’s coordinator, and the student must attend the scheduled training session, prior to access being granted.

    3. Student is issued his/her AIMMC identification/Access ID badge.  (IF YOU’RE ID IS LOST, DAMAGED, OR NOT RETURNED, THERE IS A $10.00 CHARGE).  Also, you must return your pager at the end of your rotation.  If the pager is lost, there is a $100 fine.

    Travel and Parking Options:

    1. Public transportation – Take Brown Line or Purple Line. to Wellington EL station stop.

    2. Street Parking – as available.

    3. Student Parking Lot – Should student require parking during a clerkship at AIMMC, he/she should go to the Standard Parking Office located in the Wellington Parking Garage, and ask for the Parking Manager (ext. 61-5434), or (773-296-5434); office faces Nelson St. between the entrance and exits on Nelson St.  The student must present their STUDENT ID NAME BADGE to the Parking Manager and be prepared to provide the following information:

    – Vehicle’s make, model, color and, license plate number.
    – Coordinator’s name and extension.

    Students must use the gravel Sheffield lot, which operates on a first come first serve basis, and display the appropriate decal on their car’s windshield.

    Don’t be ticketed or towed–read  AIMMC SHEFFIELD SURFACE LOT PARKING NOTICE. The Standard Parking Office hours are M-F 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Clearance Procedure on Last Day of Rotation:

    1. The student’s clerkship evaluation form will NOT be forwarded to his/her school until the student completes Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Clearance Form.

    2. STUDENT CLEARANCE FORM will be provided by the clerkship’s coordinator upon clerkship completion. Students on Elective Rotations listed above must come to the Medical Education Department to obtain the form.  Students must obtain a signature from the Medical Library indicating that there are NO outstanding library loans/fees. The signature is required even if the student did not use the library’s facilities.

    3. Return the completed STUDENT CLEARANCE FORM and AIMMC ID badge to the clerkship coordinator or to the Medical Education Department if on an elective.
    Other Essentials: Student should bring a combination lock and a student lab coat. Orientation is mandatory. If students are to be on call the first day, they will get time to go home to get whatever they need. Requesting specific team assignments is not allowed. Days off for religious holidays not recognized by the school or Advocate IMMC require prior approval from the medical school and Dr. Dunphy before beginning any rotation. For more information, please contact DeBorah Anderson, Student Coordinator at (773) 296-7079.

    Please review this web site before reporting at Advocate IMMC .

    Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.

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