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This elective is designed to expose 4th Year Medical Students to all aspects of hospital care. Students will work with faculty and residents of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Students will work along with the Family Medicine Resident on Duty for the Family Medicine Hospitalist Service and triage, admit, diagnose, present, and manage Obstetrical, Pediatric, Adult, and Geriatric patients from the Emergency Room, the Family Medicine Center, the community physician offices, and other services at Methodist Hospital. They will be expected to manage and follow patients assigned to them on the Med-Surg floors, Labor & Delivery and Postpartum floor, and Critical Care floors, alongside the Family Medicine Interns and under the supervision of the senior Family Medicine resident and faculty. Students will attend Family Medicine Didactics sessions with the residents on Thursday afternoons. Students are expected to spend a week of night calls and 2 weekends with the service during the month. The faculty and residents will make every effort to accommodate special interests and learning agendas that the student may present, offering the opportunity, under supervision, to manage variety of acute and chronic injuries and/or illnesses and to do variety inpatient procedures to include central venous line placement, joint aspirations and injections, paracentesis, deliveries, patient counseling, and more.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Stephanie Billings (sbillin@iu.edu)

Director: Brock McMillen, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Recognize conditions which requires outpatient care, admission, consultation, and referral (PC1)

  • 2) Diagnose and treat common inpatient conditions based on the latest evidence (PC2)
  • 3) Identify psychosocial issues which impact the care of hospitalizes patients (SBP3)
  • 4) Communicate effectively with patients and other members of the health care team (ISC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Direct Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Stephanie Billings (sbillin@iu.edu) Any student wanting to drop or add this elective after the initial computer scheduling should contact Stephanie Billings (sbillin@iu.edu). This course may only be added up to three months in advance of the course start date. The student should provide approval from the faculty, the request, and notification that the registrar has added the student to the course.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Service Learning Included: None