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This course is designed to give 4th year students a unique experience in the practice of Hospitalist Medicine at a community hospital. Attendings are drawn from the residency hospitalist group at St. Vincent in Evansville and Good Samaritan in Vincennes. Students will work one-on-one with a member of the group and will learn to evaluate patients efficiently and formulate an appropriate evidence-based treatment plan for a broad range of medical problems. Students will expand their communication skills by interacting with patients and their families, consulting appropriate sub-specialty services, and by participating in multi-professional rounding with pharmacists, case managers, dieticians, and therapists. Participation in weekly teaching conferences, hospitalist Case Presentation, and attendance at grand rounds will be expected. The students will function at a sub-intern level which may include responsibilities of new admissions and communicating effectively with family and medical staff nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and consulting physicians. At the completion of the rotation, students will have developed the necessary skills to effectively manage a variety of medical conditions encountered in hospitalized patients.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu)

Director: Robert Ficalora, M.D.

Campus: Evansville

Location: Evansville and Vincennes Indiana

Learning Objectives

    1. Appropriately diagnose and manage commonly encountered diseases in adult inpatient medicine (PC2)
    2. Properly consult sub-specialty services (ISC1)
    3. Develop a treatment plan and utilize proper documentation (PC3)
    4. Effectively communicate with patients and their families as well as other physicians (ISC1)
    5. Develop and utilize an individual patient management style supported by best evidence for patient care (PC3)
    6. Display a strong appreciation and understanding of a system based medical management environment (SBP1)
    7. Display sensitivity, care, and respect to patients, families, and colleagues in the hospital setting (ISC2)
    8. Develop skills in the evaluation and management of common inpatient diagnoses such as heart failure, COPD, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, etc. (PC2)
    9. Develop differential diagnoses for common presentations such as fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain (PC2)
    10. Participate in inter-disciplinary rounding and develop presentation and communication skills required for team based, collaborative care (ISC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation-Completed by the course preceptor)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 5% Library/Research; 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: AC- Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH: Contact Caren Whitehouse (whitca@iu.edu) at IUSM-Evansville for enrollment permission.


Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None