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    Internal Medicine Clerkship

About Internal Medicine Clerkship

Internal Medicine is a specialty that melds scientific knowledge and clinical expertise in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases.   Internists have been specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and manage a broad spectrum of complex and complicated illnesses that affect adults. 

General internists practice in a variety of settings.  Some choose to practice as primary care physicians, providing long-term, comprehensive care for their patients in an outpatient setting.  Other internists may choose to focus their practice on caring for hospitalized patients (hospitalists).  Still other general internists provide both inpatient and outpatient care for their patients.  During the clerkship, students will have experiences in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

A subset of internists choose to further subspecialize into a more focused area of internal medicine.  Subspecialties of internal medicine include: adolescent medicine, allergy/immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, hematology/oncology, nephrology, pulmonology/critical care, rheumatology and sleep medicine.  During the clerkship, students often have the opportunity to interact with many of these subspecialists.  Students also have the opportunity to explore many of these subspecialties during their Personalized Educational Plan time. 

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