The School of Medicine oversight committees as essential topics have carefully selected these competencies for the Internal Medicine Clerkship. Please note that the list is neither all-inclusive nor exclusive, but is only intended to form a general study framework for the student-clinician. Students are expected to have a broad-based medical knowledge of all areas of the medical school curriculum.

Cardiovascular disorders

  • Dysrhythmias/Palpitations
  • Syncope
  • Heart failure
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Endocarditis and myocarditis
  • Pericardial disease
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Hypertension and shock
  • Venus and lymphatic disease

Pulmonary disorders

  • Acute bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Respiratory failure
  • Pulmonary vascular disease including pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension
  • Lung cancer

GI disorders

  • Constipation
  • Liver disease including hepatitis and cirrhosis

Renal disorders

  • Pyelonephritis
  • glomerulonephritis 
  • Renal insufficiency and renal failure
  • Fluid and electrolyte disorders
  • Acid-base disorders


  • Diabetes Mellitus

Connective tissue disorders

  • Systemic lupus erythematous
  • Vasculitis
  • Arthritis and tenosynovitis

Immune deficiencies: HIV/AIDS

Bleeding disorders: Coagulopathy, thrombocytopenia.

Neoplastic disorders: leukemia. Lymphoma, multiple myeloma

Other blood conditions: Transfusion reactions


  • Malaria
  • Mononucleosis
  • Meningitis/encephalitis

Last modified: Feb 27, 2015