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Students will participate in caring for patients in an internal medicine primary care clinic with emphasis on evidence-based management of conditions commonly seen in an outpatient INTERNAL MEDICINE practice. The patient population is diverse in age and socioeconomic status with a broad mix of pathology in both acute and chronic illness. Students will see patients individually and in collaboration with resident physicians and full-time internal medicine faculty. They will be involved in the ongoing schedule of internal medicine conferences including ambulatory case conferences, noon conferences, and grand rounds. Optional experiences include participating in internal medicine's asthma clinic and/or observing our in-house warfarin clinics and diabetic education teaching sessions. The students may have the opportunity to assist in office procedures/skills including but not limited to ECG interpretation, joint aspirations and injections, skin biopsies, and microscopic interpretation of wet mounts. Students will be provided with a rotation syllabus and binder of articles pertinent to internal medicine ambulatory care. There are no weekend or call responsibilities associated with this elective.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org)

Director: Robert J. Fick, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: St. Vincent Hospital, Joshua Max Primary Care Center (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Elicit and evaluate the medical concerns of ambulatory adult patients (PC1)
  • 2) Generate differential diagnoses and formulate management plans in ambulatory adult patients (PC3)
  • 3) Discuss and apply preventive medicine (MK6)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; participation in assigned readings and topic discussions with teaching faculty).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org) To check availability, contact Beth Dragoo, email bvdragoo@ascension.org or phone 317-338-2282. We do accept interested students with a wait list availability option.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students will work collaboratively with Pharmacists, in coag and disease management sessions

Service Learning Included: None