This program offers a well-rounded clinical experience in a large suburban teaching hospital with a diverse patient population that will complement the experience gained in urban hospitals. Student interns function as an integral member of the ward team under the close supervision and guidance of teaching attendings. Patients assigned to the student are selected for their educational merit, and the amount of responsibility delegated to the sub-intern is individualized to reflect the foundation of core clinical competencies developed in the second and third years. Strengthening physical examination skills, improving problem-solving skills and learning the principles of clinical reasoning are given special priority.
Availability: August – May
Hours of Participation: The workday begins at 7:00 a.m. with morning work rounds. Students participate in and may present cases at Morning Report/Case Conference at 8:00 a.m. Teaching Attending rounds follow and then new admissions are worked up and ward work completed. Student interns take call with their resident team every fourth night.
Course Director: Lillian Alt, MD, Faculty Course Director
Additional Information: Teaching conferences include: Morning Report/Case Conference, Teaching Attending Rounds, a didactic Noon Conference, Medical Grand Rounds, Journal Club and monthly Mortality and Morbidity conference. The Chairman of Medicine meets weekly with the student interns to discuss their clinical cases and to monitor their progress toward achievement of course objectives.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is the first teaching hospital in the state to implement a Knowledge-Based Network point-of-care computer system, which allows students to answer clinical questions in real time. The computer-based reference material is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes multiple CD-ROM textbooks with search capability, as well as direct Internet access. The system is accessed from educational workstations located throughout the hospital at nurses’ stations, conference rooms and resident lounges.
The hospital offers a wide range of ancillary services allowing the students to focus their time primarily on patient care and education. Free parking, meals during on-call nights, and on-call rooms are provided by the hospital.
For more information about elective clerkships, e-mail Alicia.K.Seidl@MedStar.net