Third Year Clerkships

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Introduction to Clerkship Experience

Introduction to Clerkship Experience is a one-week course designed to introduce students to the third year clinical clerkships. Faculty are involved in teaching a variety of topics including acclimation to the clerkship experience, computer resources, hospital orientation, diagnostic radiology, a clinical procedure workshop, universal precautions, venipuncture training, patient and personal safety in the health care setting, and death and dying.

Patient Centered Medicine III

The principal goals of the PCM-III course are to facilitate the integration of the "art and science" of medicine across all clinical disciplines; promote professionalism, humanism, and culturally competent, patient-centered care in clinical practice; and increase students' understanding of chronic disease management and models of care for the 21st century.

Primary Ambulatory and Community Clerkship Experience (PACCE)

The purpose of the PACCE track is to develop a student’s interest in the primary care specialties and provide an environment in which model primary care is delivered to the patient

PACCE is a track in the third year curriculum that provides time for longitudinal care of patients in the outpatient setting, in addition to training in hospital medicine. The PACCE track was designed to consolidate a third year medical student’s inpatient and outpatient experiences. PACCE students will have the same amount of exposure to each of the core specialties as the students on the traditional track, just in a different format.

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Family Medicine Clerkship

The six-week, required clerkship in Family Medicine offers students an introduction to the principles of family medicine and to the "family practice approach" to health care in the ambulatory setting. The primary focus of the clerkship is the preceptorship. Each student spends four-five days per week in a family practice office working closely with physician preceptors and gaining independence in the evaluation and management of common outpatient problems and presentations. Additional clinical components include a service-learning experience and a selective rotation with family physicians focusing on specific areas.

Medicine Clerkship

The 8 week internal medicine clerkship provides exposure to patients with a variety of acute and chronic problems. The medicine clerkship is intended to provide a basic introduction to the practice of inpatient medicine. Instruction in internal medicine occurs in hospital affiliates of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During the eight weeks, students will learn how to work effectively and efficiently on the inpatient ward and improve their ability to work-up, present, and care for patients with complicated medical and social problems.

Our goals are to give students an appreciation for the challenge and excitement of internal medicine, the opportunity to see and learn from adult patients with a variety of general and subspecialty problems, and didactic instruction in several topics related to ambulatory care. Students receive individualized bedside instruction in patient evaluation from faculty.

Neurology Clerkship

The 3 week Neurology Clerkship Course prepares students to develop proficiency in routine neurological evaluation, patient interaction and to introduce the student to treatment of common neurological conditions. Students will learn how to do a complete neurological exam, create a differential diagnosis in Neurology, how to locate disease in the central and peripheral nervous system, patient management of at least three major neurological conditions and evaluation of clinical conditions of the central and peripheral nervous system.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship

Obstetrics and Gynecology is a fast-paced diverse field of medicine practiced in a variety of settings, both outpatient and inpatient. The 6 week clerkship is designed to introduce the third year medical student to the diagnosis and management of the more common obstetrical and gynecological conditions. Obstetricians/gynecologists see patients in need of preventive care services as well as those who are experiencing an acute life-threatening obstetric or gynecological issue. Our students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the typical medical and surgical problems that occur in a woman's life span, from menarche through menopause and beyond.

During these six weeks, students will be exposed to common obstetric and gynecologic procedures, learn about important topics in women's health and gain a general understanding of the role of an OBGYN. Students will solidify gynecologic history taking abilities and pelvic exam skills.

Pediatric Clerkship

The basis of Pediatrics resides in an understanding of the growth and development of the human organism as it proceeds from birth to adulthood. Pediatrics is, therefore, not an organ-based specialty but one which evaluates the child, both in health and disease, in terms of developmental physiology and its relationship to both family and society. Education within Pediatrics is patient related and interactive. In this 6 week clerkship, the student must learn that infants and children are different from adults in their responses to both the environment and to disease. By understanding the child in terms of developmental biology, psychosocial development, and cognitive development, the student will begin to appreciate that area of medicine which is Pediatrics.

The goal of pediatrics is to provide health care to infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatrics is a primary care subspecialty of medicine, the primary concern of which is the comprehensive and continuing care of children. During this rotation, you will become a part of a health-care team, with a responsibility to care for and treat chronically and acutely ill children. In this process, you will learn about the common pediatric disorders. You will also be responsible for learning health maintenance in children and what it means to be a child advocate. Every medical student should learn to react with empathy and to exercise sound medical judgment in clinical situations involving children. Since gathering information and performing physical examinations require differing skills according to a child's age, another objective is for all medical students to develop these skills with young patients of various ages. However, the main emphasis in this clerkship is developing students' problem-solving skills. Although the majority of our students will not become pediatricians, every physician should understand normal growth and development, the influence of the environment on health, and the principals of health maintenance.

Psychiatry Clerkship

Students will be exposed to the fascinating world of Psychiatry in this 6 week clerkship. During this period, students will be expected to see a broad range of psychiatric illnesses in the Adult and/or Child-Adolescent population. You will emerge with a new appreciation for the major mental disorders, the struggles that patients afflicted with these disorders face in the world, and the breakthroughs in brain science that allow us to more effectively address these illnesses. Students will have an opportunity to participate as a member of a treatment team to devise treatment plans.

The psychiatric clerkship provides the opportunity to develop the understanding and skills need to deal with patients of all kinds. You will acquire new skills in interviewing, which will serve you in whatever discipline of medicine you pursue in the future. We hope to stimulate your curiosity about the human mind and your desire to practice medicine with a comprehensive approach to health and disease. Last, but not least, you will likely learn something about yourself, and become more effective as a physician.

Surgery Clerkship

The required course in Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, consists of an 8-week clerkship in the third year, which is designed to provide basic didactic and practical experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with disorders that may require treatment by a surgeon.

The aims of surgical education in the third year are as follows. First, the student is to acquire a body of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the recognition and management of patients with diseases that may necessitate evaluation by a surgeon. Second, the student is to become familiar with the principles, clinical reasoning, techniques and tools used by surgeons. Finally, the student will observe and adopt the attitudes and attributes that promote good patient relations and management. These include, but are not limited to: patient education, emotional support, rehabilitation, and ethical, legal and financial issues.

Additionally, in the fourth year of medical school, each student will have an opportunity for four weeks of critical care experience, which will supplement what is learned in the third-year and will provide a more "procedure-oriented" experience. This may be taken in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, if desired. The required experience in surgery has been developed to meet the most recent requirements of the LCME.