Course Descriptions for 4th Year

The senior year includes five required courses: a 4-week Sub-Internship in Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery or Family medicine; a 4-week Emergency Medicine Clerkship; a 4-week Geriatrics Clerkship; and a 4-week clerkship in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and a 3-week Capstone Course-Internship 101. Students are allowed four weeks to prepare for USMLE Step 2 – CK and CS and four weeks to interview for residency.  Students also must complete 20 additional credit hours in electives of their choosing.

MDC 7700 ANESTHESIOLOGY AND CRITICAL CARE (4 Credits)

During this course the student will learn the basics of airway management, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, management of fluids, and use of vasoactive medications, and care of the critically ill patient. In addition, the student will learn about preoperative evaluation, basic principles of anesthesia, and management of acute postoperative complications.

MDC 7203 SENIOR MEDICINE ACTING INTERNSHIP (4 Credits)

This rotation offers an increased level of patient care responsibility compared to the third-year Medicine Clerkship. Students serve as the primary physician under resident and faculty supervision. Students are responsible for the performance of simple diagnostic procedures. Self-education is stressed, and students also attend major departmental conferences.

MDC 7401 SENIOR PEDIATRICS ACTING INTERNSHIP (4 Credits)

This rotation focuses on the inpatient care of pediatric patients. Students will be given increased responsibility for patient care under supervision of pediatric residents and faculty. Patient-oriented seminars and conferences are presented on a daily basis, and the emphasis is on self-directed education.

MDC 7602 SENIOR SURGERY ACTING INTERNSHIP (4 Credits)

This rotation focuses on the inpatient care of surgical patients.  Students will be given increased responsibility for patient care under supervision of surgical residents and faculty.  Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of technical skills and clinical/surgical judgment.

MDC 7123 SENIOR FAMILY MEDICINE ACTING INTERNSHIP (4 Credits)

Students serve as the primary physician under resident and faculty supervision in both the inpatient and ambulatory setting. The level of patient care is increased compared to the third-year Family Medicine Clerkship.

MDC 7710 SENIOR EMERGENCY MEDICINE CLERKSHIP (4 Credits)

This clerkship provides experience in caring for patients who present to the Emergency Room with a variety of acute and subacute problems. The emphasis is on learning to stabilize and then correctly triage critically ill patients.

MDC 7140 REQUIRED GERIATRICS (4 Credits)

This clerkship builds upon knowledge acquired during the one-week experience in Geriatric Medicine that is included in the third-year Family Medicine Clerkship. Students work in an outpatient and inpatient setting and care for elderly patients with a variety of medical and psychological conditions.

MDC 7940 INTERNSHIP 101 (4 Credits)

Internship 101 is intended to be the “capstone” to the student’s medical school education.  The course will focus on the management of acute medical problems likely to be encountered by the new first year resident, such as: myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, cardiopulmonary arrest, stroke, septic shock.  The course reviews the management of common infectious diseases and common psychiatric and pediatric emergencies.  It also presents important practical information concerning personal finances, malpractice, and small group teaching.  During this course students will be recertified in BCLS and become newly certified in ACLS.  Special certification courses in Neonatal Advanced Life Support  and Pediatric Advanced Life Support are also offered.

SENIOR ELECTIVE TOPICS

Students are directed to the Senior Elective Catalog for a detailed description of all fourth-year electives.