Required Clerkships


Clinical Bioethics

Syr/Bing Course #: CBHX2400 / INTD9500
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 1 / 1
Directors: Thomas Curran, MD
Syr Coordinator: Jessica Barbuto
Site Director: Domenico Prato, MD
Bing Coordinator: Heidi Nevgloski

In this longitudinal concurrent case-based course which spans the third year, students meet in small groups with a faculty tutor to discuss ethical issues presented in patient care and practice communication skills. Students bring their own cases for discussion, and faculty provide other cases to provide the opportunity to discuss and learn about ethical principles and a method of case analysis for ethical concerns raised in patient care. Advanced communication skills are addressed in this course.

Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: EMED1300 / 1400
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 2
Directors: Paul Ko, MD & Matthew Sarsfield, MD (Assistant Director)
Syr Coordinator:Kara Welch
Site Director:
Stephen Gomez, MD
Bing Coordinator: Penny Holt

This two week rotation introduces students to core concepts and principles in Emergency Medicine. Emphasis is on focused history and physical examination skills, developing a differential diagnosis, and developing clinical care plans. Principles of trama care, shock and critically ill patients, and other acute life threatening illness will be taught in the clinical setting as well as in the Simulation Center.

Family Medicine Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: FAMP1600
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5/5
Directors: Tom LaClair, MD
Syr Coordinator: Sarah Lewis
Site Director: Lazarus Gehring, MD
Bing Coordinator: Donna Dranchock

This ambulatory-based clerkship provides training in the basic tenets of primary, family-based care. Clinical preventive medicine and the treatment of acute and chronic diseases are emphasized in both clinical and didactic aspects of the clerkship.

What are the goals of the clerkship?
The goals of the clerkship are for every medical student to:

  • have point-of-care training in a family doctor's office
  • demonstrate competence in the core knowledge and skills of family medicine
  • understand the role of the family physician
Additionally, students will recognize that high quality information, balanced with patient preferences and clinical judgement, is the basis for intelligent decision making. Developing an understanding of the intellectual process and acquiring the skills for life-long learning will assist students in achieving the goals of the Family Medicine Clerkship.

Family Medicine Clerkship

Medicine Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: MDCN2000 / 2100
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 10 / 10
Director: Sarah Lappin, DO
Syr Coordinator: Lisa Oliver
Site Directors: Linda E. Fort, MD & I Am Resurreccion, MD (Guthrie)
Bing Coordinators: Penny Holt & Jennifer Gartland (Guthrie)

Through active participation in the care of inpatients and outpatients, the third-year student continues to develop knowledge and skill in diagnosis and acquire experience in the fundamentals of treatment.Students take medical histories, perform physical examinations and outline programs of treatment on assigned patients. Understanding of the biochemical, physiological and psychosocial phenomena which underlie the patients illnesses is developed in conferences and seminars.

THREADS:

Geriatrics

Director: Jeanne Bishop, MD
Syr Coordinator: Anne Lutz
Site Director: Rana Ahmad, MD
Bing Coordinator: Penny Holt

Palliative Care (EPEC)

Director: Barbara Krenzer, MD
Syr Coordinator: Lisa Oliver
Site Director: Rana Ahmad, MD
Bing Coordinator: Penny Holt

Neurosciences Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: NEUR3000 / 2800
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Director: Michael Vertino, MD
Syr Coordinator: Samantha Garafalo
Site Directors: Yahia Lodi, MD & Saeed Bajwa, MD
Bing Coordinator: Heidi Nevgloski

This five-week clerkship integrates neurology and neurosurgery instruction. Students see common and uncommon neurological disorders and obtain concentrated training in taking a neurological history and performing a neurologic examination. A core curriculum emphasizes neurologic topics common in general practice. Core Topics in ophthalmology are also included.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: OBGY3600 / 3800
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Director: John Folk, MD
Syr Coordinators: Joyce Goodwin
Site Director: Iskandar Kassis, MD
Bing Coordinator: Heidi Nevgloski

Core lectures and active participation in patient care form the basis for this clerkship. Provides clinical opportunities for students to develop skills and knowledge related to antepartum care, management of normal labor and delivery, care of the newborn, postpartum care, and common ambulatory and inpatient gynecologic concerns.

Pediatrics Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: PEDS5600 / 5800
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Directors: Ann Botash, MD & Karen Teelin, MD
Syr Coordinators: Sarah Lewis & Carol Plumley
Site Directors: Leann Lesperance, MD & Gregory Scagnelli, MD
Bing Coordinator: Melissa Rowley

Provides students with a basis for understanding the interrelationships of growth factors and development in health and disease. Students develop basic skills in taking pediatric histories; perform physical examinations on newborns, infants and older children; assess the children’s developmental levels; and interpret clinical data. Preventive pediatrics is emphasized.

Population Health for Physicians

Syr/Bing Course #: PRVM6400
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 0.5
Director: Donna Bacchi, MD
Syr Coordinator: Debra Tafel
Site Director:Christopher Ryan, MD
Bing Coodinator: Donna Dranchok

A longitudinal course covering public health, clinical prevention and emergency preparedness topics during the clinical rotations.

Psychiatry Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: PYCH6800 / 6900
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Director: Tom Schwartz, MD
Syr Coordinator: Katie Stuenzi
Site Director: Leslie Major, MD
Bing Coordinator: Mary Drahos

In this five-week clerkship, students learn interviewing techniques, refine diagnostic skills, prepare case studies and participate in the treatment programs of the ward to which they are assigned. Liaison/consultation psychiatry is also emphasized. Students learn to evaluate patients in the ER and outpatient clinics. Faculty provide seminars to review psychopathology and treatment methods.

Surgery and Surgical Subspecialities Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: SURG8200 / 8300
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 8 / 8
Director: Kwame Amankwah, MD
Syr Coordinator: Rebecca Bellini
Site Directors: Leonard Anderson, MD & Silviu Marica, MD (Guthrie)
Bing Coordiantors: Penny Holt & Jennifer Gartland (Guthrie)

During this clerkship, the student participates in the care and management of patients on general surgical services as well as subspecialty services. Bedside and operating room instruction is supplemented by lectures on selected surgical topics. Students learn to recognize problems of a surgical nature, to understand the relevant pathophysiology and to gain some familiarity with surgical therapy.

 

The RMED Experience

RMED

Syr Course #: FAMP1650
Syr Course Credit: 12
Director: James Greenwald, MD
Coordinator: Carrie Roseamelia

This course is only available to students enrolled in the RMED program. Work with the Family Medicine preceptor forms the core of the RMED experience, and is scheduled for some portion of each week throughout the entire 36 weeks of the program. Other courses taken under the RMED umbrella are completed concurrently. Emphasis is placed on the continuous and comprehensive care of patients. Students develop skills in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of common ambulatory and secondary hospital problems of patients across the age spectrum. Daily office hours with Family Medicine preceptor, inpatient rounds, laboratory, night call, hospital lectures, computer literature searches, videotape/review of patient encounters, case presentations. The RMED program lasts 36 weeks beginning in Period G of the third year and concluding in Period 6 or 7 of the fourth year.

 

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