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The gastroenterology service at IU Health La Porte Hospital consists of three board certified gastroenterologists with expertise in all facets of digestive care. The team maintains a busy outpatient practice as well as an inpatient consultation service. The medical student participating in this elective will be an integral part of patient care in both settings. He/she will perform history and physical examinations under supervision with immediate feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. The medical student will have exposure to a multitude of gastrointestinal illnesses, as well as procedures, which include upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, liver biopsy, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound and video capsule endoscopy. The student will work closely with all three attending gastroenterologists.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu)

Director: Seth Tatel, M.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: IU Health La Porte Hospital (La Porte)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Develop a differential diagnosis, diagnostic plan and treatment plan for common chief complaints seen in the outpatient GI clinic and inpatient consultation service (PC2)

  • 2) Describe the indication, risks and benefits of gastroenterology procedures (PC3)
  • 3) Present a verbal history and physical in a concise format (PC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (The student will be under direct supervision by all three attending gastroenterologists. The student will receive verbal feedback during the elective as well as written feedback upon completion of the elective. The student will present one patient case for every two weeks of the elective with an in-depth presentation of the clinical condition).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status, Family Medicine or Internal Medicine rotation

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-45 (8:30am to 5:00pm M-F)

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical, 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Northwest and South Bend electives must go thru their respective coordinators. Northwest students, contact Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu or 219-980-6561. or Brittany Miller (millerby@iun.edu or 219-980-6525). South Bend students contact Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu or 574-631-1870)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None