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General Medicine Acting Internship

All M-4 students complete a one-month medically-based sub-internship in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine. The General Medicine Acting Internship allows students to master their history and physical examination skills, refine oral presentation skills, reinforce evaluation and management of common medical disorders, and practice communication skills including coordination of patient care discussions with ancillary staff and discussions with patients and their families regarding diagnoses, evaluation, and treatment options.  In addition, students become familiar with triage and assessment of common cross-coverage issues, dictation/typing of discharge summaries, and performing procedures such as ABG, thoracentesis, and paracentesis under supervision.

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.
  • Serve as a guide and role model to help teach junior students and peers on history taking, physical examination, and case assessment skills.

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