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This elective is a one-month rotation working with a gastroenterologist in an active tertiary care consultative private practice. The medical student will have the opportunity to participate in the inpatient and outpatient evaluation and management of patients. This rotation will allow the student to observe of a full range of gastrointestinal procedures including upper and lower endoscopy, ERCP, esophageal manometry, capsule endoscopy, breath testing, and endoscopic ultrasound. The student will be exposed to the use of electronic medical records and computerized order entry. The clinical cases will be supplemented by didactic readings and discussion, as well as self-directed readings, so that the student shall gain an appreciation of the basic issues covered by a working gastroenterologist. The student will be expected to report to clinical duties daily and observe a minimum of regular work hours. Evaluation of the student will be by direct observation by the preceptor.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: Andrew Katz, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Lutheran Medical Group, Lutheran Hospital (Fort Wayne)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Summarize the important components of the history and physical exam in the evaluation of a patient with GI complaints and develop an appropriate assessment and plan (PC1)
  • 2) Effectively incorporate the pathophysiology, natural history, and prognoses of gastrointestinal diseases into the management of these patients (MK3)
  • 3) Demonstrate when to order appropriate GI tests and procedures; explain basic mechanics, risks, and efficacies; and effectively read results and imaging studies (PC5)
  • 4) Describe the physiology of GI motility and digestion and recognize how to apply that knowledge to GI pathology (MK1)
  • 5) Explain the role of nutrition in gastrointestinal health (MK7)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (1) Dr. Katz will work directly with the student to evaluate clinical skills and knowledge base.; 2) The student will present two recent papers in GI to Dr. Katz.; 3) The student will prepare two written case presentations for evaluation by Dr. Katz. )

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year; Must have completed Internal Medicine and Surgery Clerkships

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 20% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinator Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None