Doctor of Medicine: Clinical Applications Class of 2019 Clerkships
The Family and Community Medicine Year 3 Clerkship is designed to introduce students to the depth and breadth of family medicine, and the critical role it plays in the delivery of health care in the United States. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of material, some seen in other clerkships and rotations, but in the context of the core overriding principle of family medicine, continuity of care.
The 11-week third year combined Medicine/Neurology Clerkship offers a variety of internal medicine and neurology clinical experiences. Students will be assigned to either Borgess Medical Center or Bronson Methodist Hospital as their "home base" facility. Students will immerse themselves with 1 week of ambulatory internal medicine, 2 weeks of WMed academic medicine, 2 weeks of hospitalist medicine, 1 week of nights, 1 week in a subspecialty (e.g. palliative care, cardiology or infectious disease) and each student will spend one week on the inpatient service for neurology at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Borgess Medical Center, or Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. They will be a member of the team seeing consults and caring for the hospitalized patients with neurological issues. During this week they also will be involved in the evaluation of acute infarcts/strokes.
The Women’s Health Year 3 Clerkship is intended to be a comprehensive, challenging, and rewarding experience addressing essential clinical aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. The Preparatory Week includes a variety of activities to assure success during the subsequent clinical component. The six-week Clinical Experience affords students a wide range of clinical opportunities to develop the requisite knowledge and skills in Women’s Health. The Assessment Week, is designed to crystalize principles to accomplish oral and written components for evaluation. The following components make up the Clinical Experience: 3 weeks of OB/Gyn Preceptorship, 1 week (6 days) of Maternal and Fetal Medicine (Bronson), 1 week (5 nights) Labor and Delivery (Night Float), and 1 week (5 days) Gynecologic Surgery and/or Gynecology. During the Clinical Experience weeks, students will be expected to complete Independent Study modules covering various topics relating to the particular clinical component. The Summative and Assessment week is intended to review and synthesize essential clinical concepts, review and assess important clinical skills, and prepare for and successfully complete the NBME Shelf Exam.
The third year Core Pediatric and Adolescent Clerkship will provide the student with broad exposure to both the inpatient and ambulatory aspects of general pediatric care. There are four components to the clerkship: Preparatory week, three weeks of ambulatory pediatrics, three weeks of in-patient pediatrics, and synthesis and assessment week.
The goals of the third year medical student clerkship in Psychiatry is designed to provide the student with a broad clinical experience. The students will participate in clinical experiences in the inpatient unit at Borgess or the inpatient unit at the Battle Creek VA.
The third year core surgery clerkship will expose students to a variety of surgical experiences. The students will be assigned to the resident services at Bronson Methodist Hospital and Borgess Medical Center. They will be exposed to a variety of general surgery inpatient procedures and patients. The student will spend time on call to learn about management of emergent surgical diseases. Students will attend one breast clinic to learn about outpatient management and breast disease.
The students will be expected to attend academic surgical conferences and will have assigned readings. The summative evaluation will be composed of direct clinical observations by preceptors and residents, direct interaction with the Clerkship Director, a standardized patient and a bioskills portion. Upon the completion of the clerkship students should have a basic knowledge of many common surgical diseases and be comfortable knowing which patients need referral to a surgeon. The students should also be comfortable with sterile technique and basic suturing.