Acting Internship in Medicine

Brief Description

Provide supervised experience in diagnosis and management of disease in hospitalized patients.


At the end of this rotation, the student should have achieved the following:

  • Acted as primary physician for an assigned group of inpatients.
  • Improved and streamlined skills of history taking, physical examination, and written and oral presentation.
  • Improved ability to synthesize and integrate data into a clear list of problems.
  • Efficiently used diagnostic and therapeutic resources for patient management.
  • Identified and utilized available resources to provide an efficient and well-organized transition from the hospital to home environment.

Learning Experience

The student is assigned as an acting intern on the general medical ward. Patients come from both general medicine and subspecialty practices and are followed in the general ward settings.  Students are directly supervised by the medical resident and ward attending.  The student is expected to admit his/her own patients and initiate diagnostic studies as well as therapeutic programs. In addition to daily work rounds, he/she is expected to attend daily teaching rounds as well as other regularly scheduled conferences.  Emphasis is given to the utilization and interrelation of the many community health services available to the individual during his illness, and focus is placed on comprehensive continuing care following discharge.


The student's evaluation and treatment of patients is reviewed daily by a resident and attending physician.  Feedback is continuous.


No final examination is required.  The final evaluation is based on written comments by team ward attendings and residents.


Given all year in 1-month blocks EXCEPT for June and July. Maximum number of fourth year students per month: 2.  Housing is provided, with the exception of the months of June and July. No overnight call is required.

Course Director

Dr. Alan J. Kozak


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