Welcome to the Internal Medicine Clerkship page. We hope you will find useful information and resources to assist you to prepare for your rotation through the clerkship, and to provide you with ongoing material pertinent to your day to day work as a student doctor.
The internal Medicine Clerkship is intended to serve as your bridge from the basic sciences to clinical care of the patient. Our teaching strategy is encompassed by, quoting Voltaire, talking "sense". We make "sense" of the most simple or complex clinical presentations by a step-wise, rational approach - not just by acquisition of data (laboratory, radiographic and physiologic) but strategic acquisition, organization and utilization of data. It is our hope that the remarkable satisfaction that can arise from this appreciation of biologic "sense" will drive our learners to seek higher levels of engagement in clinical practice.
We also hope that this rotation will challenge you to develop skill and individual style in communication and engagement with patients, peers and other healthcare givers, and ultimately prepare you for real-world clinical practice. You are now going beyond the text books, entering the complex world of social, physiologic and economic sequelae of maintaining health and caring for illness. This experience is a true adventure and we, in the Department of Medicine, are dedicated to creating an optimal experience for you, the student-physician.
Isaac Opole, M.D., PhD, FACP
Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General and Geriatric Medicine