Medical Student Rotations
The Department of Internal Medicine at the Valleywise Health Medical Center has a rotation duration of 4 weeks per rotation and a maximum of four rotations per academic year.
The major strengths of the internal medicine rotations at Valleywise Health include the tremendous range of pathology, the strong didactic program and the active, accessible teaching staff.
Additionally, students have a unique opportunity to participate in hands-on patient care. Specifically, students function as an integral member of the health care team, assuming responsibilities commensurate with their level of training and under the direct supervision of full-time faculty.
The working environment is informal and concentrates on practical aspects of patient management with strong emphasis on solving problems by proper interpretation of clinical data and the sound application of general medical principles.
All applications for internal medicine student rotations must be submitted to the internal medicine department for approval 75 days prior to the clerkship.
Internal Medicine does not offer observerships
Primary Patient Care Electives
Clinical rotations involve primary responsibility for direct patient care and are an excellent preparation for the internship year. In this elective, you will function as a “sub-intern,” becoming an integral and active member of a ward team under direct faculty supervision. You will work-up and follow patients, participate in daily attending rounds, perform procedures and learn the basic mechanics of managing a hospital service.
As a 3rd year medical student, General Medicine Wards is available to you.
Senior electives are divided into those involving primary patient care:
- General Medicine Wards
- Critical Care Medicine
and those involving consultative services:
- Inpatient ward service call is every fifth day/night
- Medical students are not required to stay overnight for call
- Critical care medicine works in shifts, including night shifts
- There is no call for the sub-specialty rotations
- There may be instances in which Gastroenterology, nephrology, and cardiology may be used to satisfy a requirement of a sub-internship. Those students wishing to do this as a sub-internship will be required to take call and will have increased responsibilities commensurate with a sub-internship.
Consultative Service Electives
You will be a member of a subspecialty consultation team under the direct supervision of a staff member. The experience is clinically-oriented and, although primarily inpatient, all rotations have one or more outpatient clinics per week. A core curriculum of lectures is given by the attending.
Primary care responsibilities, call and weekend coverage are not part of this experience.
- All of our rotations begin on any Monday and end on Friday – they are 4-week rotation blocks.
- Free parking.
- Educational materials provided.
- Students are required to attend noontime medical resident conferences.
Comments From Students
- “I felt that the rotation was excellent. I was able to participate in the care of many patients. The patients that I followed were quite interesting and challenging. Additionally, the team always made sure that I would see an interesting case.” MS-4
- “I really enjoyed my time at MMC. Excellent working conditions with supportive and knowledgeable interns, residents and attendings; relaxed atmosphere and great learning environment.” MS-4
- “Great learning experience; good balance of educational experiences and work load. My team was very helpful, especially with procedures and helping me on my admissions while still allowing independence.” MS-4
- “Excellent teaching from both attendings and residents. Excellent mix of cases in seeing both common and not-so-common types of problems. I felt as if I was part of the team and given a satisfactory level of responsibility.” MS-4
- “I had a wonderful rotation. The attendings and residents/interns went out of their way to make sure that I had a good education. Everyone on the team was knowledgeable and loved to teach.”
- “I had an excellent month rotating in the general medicine wards here at Valleywise Health. This is an excellent teaching institution with a very good faculty-to-student ratio, one that permits more personal mentoring. I was very impressed with the camaraderie between the residents, faculty and ancillary staff. The morning report sessions, Chief Resident Conferences, noon conferences and student lectures definitely expanded my knowledge base. The Chief Resident Conference quiz each week was extremely helpful, as it was an opportunity to reinforce my knowledge and learn new facts. It also provided the motivation to read and understand the various topics that were presented.”