This clerkship is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to recognize, diagnose and manage the most common problems and diseases encountered in the field of general Internal Medicine. Students will be exposed to practical clinical experiences within inpatient and ambulatory settings. These experiences include patients with acute, chronic, and terminal conditions. Students participate in daily Morning Report sessions, attending rounds, lectures, and Grand Round activities as part of their didactic program.

This clerkship focuses on normal reproductive medicine, including pregnancy, labor, delivery and puerperium, as well as on the recognition, diagnosis, and management of complications during these stages. Likewise, students are exposed to a variety of conditions encountered in gynecology, including aspects of preventive medicine and patient education. Students are assigned to Ob/Gyn Clinics, Ward Service, and O.R. as part of a team.Teaching activities include clinical rounds, journal clubs, lectures, and case presentations.

This clerkship is directed toward the formation of a general physician with the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to diagnose and manage the most common problems and diseases in pediatric patients, including adolescents. Issues of preventive medicine, such as immunizations and anticipatory guidance, are essential components of this clerkship. Supervised clinical experiences in both inpatient and outpatient services will allow the student to acquire and develop skills in identifying clinical problems, selecting the necessary diagnostic tests and procedures, and formulating the most appropriate plan of management for each condition. Students will participate in patient care aspects as members of the health-care team in their assigned areas of rotation: Pediatric and Adolescent Ward, Nursery, Emergency Room, and Pediatric Clinics (OPD). Community service activities are incorporated into this clerkship.

During this clerkship, students will understand the psychopathology of psychiatric disorders: how biopsychosocial and environmental factors provoke different disorders in the human psyche. They will learn how to obtain relevant information to make a diagnosis, in addition to acquiring knowledge about the most frequently encountered psychiatric conditions as defined in the DSM-IV (Diagnosis and Statistics of Mental Disorders-IV Handbook). The preventive aspects; the psychological, psychopharmacological and behavioral treatment of such entities; their prognosis; and corresponding approaches to prevent relapses will be studied.

Students work in small groups, acquiring experience in the inpatient, clinic (adult, pediatric and adolescent cases), emergency room and Stabilizing Unit settings. Patients are assigned under close supervision of the attending physician. Students participate in clinical rounds, conferences, journal club sessions and therapy sessions.

During this clerkship, the student is introduced to the process of pre and post-operative diagnosis and management of the most commonly encountered cases in the field of general surgery. Diagnosis and management of ambulatory cases is included. The clerkship also emphasizes the surgical specialties of Anesthesiology, Orthopedics, Urology, and Otolaryngology. Students’ attendance is required at clinical rounds, journal clubs, and lectures. Computer-based clinical performance exams (CPX’s) and the use of standardized patients for history-taking and physical examination skills (formative and summative assessment methods) are significant components of this clerkship.