M-4 students complete a one-month Ambulatory Medicine rotation blending outpatient general internal medicine, subspecialty clinics, and inpatient consultation service experiences. The Ambulatory Medicine clerkship allows students to continue to develop clinical skills and gain confidence in the diagnosis and management of medical problems commonly encountered in an adult ambulatory population. In addition, students develop skills in the application of preventive medicine principles and current practice guidelines for patients with common diagnoses including asthma, COPD, smoking, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, back pain, and obesity.
Students are encouraged to use this month as an opportunity to prepare for internship and residency, especially in the following areas:
Become more independent in using clinical reasoning skills in diagnostic and therapeutic plan development.
Improve efficiency without detracting from detail-oriented and compassionate patient care.
Continue to refine medical communication skills including patient counseling, oral case presentations, and written documentation in the medical record.
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