Course Objectives

The primary goal of the Medicine Core Clerkship is to help students become competent in the basic assessment and management of important, common problems in internal medicine to prepare them for postgraduate training. Through direct clinical and other learning experiences students will have exposure to many common medical conditions and the opportunity for continued growth as a physician. Course objectives are provided to guide student, faculty, and tutors in the educational process.

Specific Objectives

Specific Objectives

Objectives emphasized in Medicine 7500:

  • Elicit a record an appropriately complete, cogent, and organized medical history.
  • Conduct and record an appropriately complete and accurate physical examination
  • Communicate in a facilitative, effective, efficient, and educational manner with patients and their families.
  • Identify the social and psychological components of patients’ medical problems.
  • Use knowledge of the pathophysiology of signs and symptoms to establish clinical correlation’s with disease processes.
  • Develop an accurate and complete problem list.
  • Formulate a reasoned differential diagnosis for each problem.
  • Formulate an appropriate plan for confirming the diagnosis.
  • Use knowledge of the indications and limitations of clinical sources such as laboratory and roentgenographic studies, consults, family input and old records to request and interpret data pertinent to problem solving.
  • Use information from texts, syllabi, and journals to study general topics related to patient’s problems.
  • Observe, review, reassess, and revise clinical management daily, record patient progress in the medical record, and make a verbal report to the health care team.
  • Communicate clearly and succinctly to colleagues and other members of the health care team.
  • Apply those technical skills commonly employed on a medical service.

Additional objectives

  • Formulate an appropriate initial treatment program taking into account the urgency of the patient’s problems.
  • Formulate an appropriate ongoing health care plan for patients within their socio-economic situation.
  • Assume independent responsibility for the primary care of patients with appropriate supervision.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to common medical emergencies.
  • Demonstrate independent learning in response to questions raised in the clinical setting by using textbooks, journal articles, media, computer-based tools and other resources.
  • Demonstrate an expanded fund of knowledge by active participation in tutorial sessions.
Technical and Interpretation Skills

Technical and Interpretation Skills

Students are expected to acquire certain technical skills and interpretation that are commonly employed in medical care. Wherever possible and appropriate students are encouraged to participate in procedures under adequate supervision. Since the opportunities for participation will be limited, the acquisition of technical expertise should occur throughout both Externships in Medicine. The student should be able to:

  • Record and interpret an ECG.
  • Perform venipuncture for blood specimens or intravenous therapy.
  • Test for the presence of blood (e.g. by hemoccult) in stool.
  • Interpret cardiac enzymes.
  • Interpret a complete blood count.
  • Interpret results of a urine analysis.
  • Interpret gram stain results of body fluids.
  • Interpret bedside tests of pulmonary function.
  • Interpret chest x-ray findings.
  • Interpret arterial blood gas measurements.
  • Interpret serum electrolyte measurements.
  • Interpret results of body fluid analysis including joint, pleural, peritoneal, spinal
Exam Information

Med 7500 Exam Information

Students in Med 7500 will be expected to complete two examinations prior to the completion of the course. The Medicine SHELF exam will be given for ALL students at the University of Minnesota on the last Friday of the rotation beginning promptly at 8:30 am. The second exam is a EKG exam which will be given to students at their rotation site on the last Thursday of the rotation. The location of the room will be sent to students at the beginning of the rotation. Parking accommodations will not be made for the SHELF exam; you will be required to pay for your own parking if you choose to park at the University.

Medicine SHELF Exam Grading
Grading: Honors – 82 or higher; Excellent – 72 or higher; Passing – 65 or higher, Failing – Less than 64.

Medicine EKG Exam Grading
rading: Students who fail the EKG exam (score less than 75%) will have an “H” lowered to “E”, an “E” lowered to S; S grades will be unchanged.

Med 7501 Exam Information
Students in Med 7501 will be expected to complete one examination prior to the completion of the course. The final exam will be given to students at their rotation site on the last Friday of the rotation.