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The objective of this course is to give the advanced student experience in diagnosis and clinical management of patients with endocrine disorders. A motivated student will be exposed to a busy clinical endocrinology practice with community endocrinologists. The primary setting will be outpatient practice with occasional hospital consultative duties. A student will take histories and conduct physical examinations in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Students are exposed to the role of diabetes management, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary and other endocrine disorders, and common endocrine disorders seen in the hospital consultative service. The student shall participate with the internal medicine residency program and attend clinical conferences, grand rounds, and morning report.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org)

Director: J. Matthew Neal, M.D.

Campus: Muncie

Location: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the diagnostic criteria for diabetes mellitus (PC2)
  • 2) Discuss the basic management of diabetes in the outpatient setting and hospital (MK4)
  • 3) Describe the diagnosis and management of common endocrine disorders relating to the thyroid, pituitary, parathyroid, gonadal, and adrenal systems (MK4)
  • 4) Take an appropriate medical history (PC1)
  • 5) Perform an appropriate physical examination (PC1)
  • 6) Create (with the assistance of written and online resources) an appropriate initial management plan for patients with common endocrine diseases (PC3)


  • 1. Written examination (50 questions, one best answer)( multiple choice examination on general endocrinology topics) 2. Observation of clinical performance [Clinical Performance Evaluation Form]; (Clinical observation: attending's observation and evaluation of history taking and physical examination skills) 3. Oral Communication Rubric1. 4. Patient case presentations/discussions: attending's evaluation.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40 (8am - 5pm M-F)

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 20% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org) Every effort will be made to provide housing; arrangements will be made prior to arrival.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: students on all our rotations have the opportunity to work on collaborative teams with nurses, psychologists, and other professionals as mentioned. For the endocrinology rotation, this would include diabetes educators, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, attendance at interdisciplinary conferences, etc.

Service Learning Included: None