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Elective Title: 93MG700 — GASTROENTEROLOGY


This elective is designed to provide a concentrated exposure at a medical student level in clinical gastroenterology (GI) and hepatology, while building on core training in patient care and communication skills. Each student will act as a consultant on an inpatient care team under the daily supervision of a staff member and he/she will observe a number of GI procedures. Attendance of our regularly scheduled Division clinical conferences will enhance the learning experience. Clinical work will involve both inpatient and outpatient care. Students will be asked to explore a topic from the Choosing Wisely campaign, and they will present a clinical case in oral and written form. Opportunities to take part in an ongoing clinical or basic research project will be made available to those students who are interested in taking more than one unit.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Christen Dilly (cklochan@iu.edu)

Director: Christen Dilly, M.D., MEHP

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Roudebush VA Medical Center, Eskenazi Health Services, IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • By the end of the GI/hepatology elective, the learner will be able to: 1) Take a history and perform a physical exam focused on the clinical diagnosis of gastroenterology and hepatology disorders, sufficiently well to state the presenting problem and generate a differential diagnosis including at least three items(PC1)

  • 2) Identify his/her learning needs related to GI/hepatology knowledge and meet them using reliable resources (PBLI1)
  • 3) Describe to a patient and discuss the general risks and benefits of colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, paracentesis and liver biopsy (ISC2)
  • 4) Communicate a diagnosis and plan to a patient well enough for the patient to express his understanding to another team member (ISC2)
  • 5) Choose one item from the Choosing Wisely list of GI/hepatology topics and discuss with the clinical team why a recommendation was made and how it pertains to a patient on the service (ISC1)
  • 6) Present a case in oral and written form, identifying a clinical question/problem and reviewing the topic and/or evidence base (as described in the assignment details) sufficiently well to achieve a rating of �meets expectations� by supervising staff (ISC5)
  • 7) Write a consultation note and a progress note of sufficient quality to achieve a rating of �meets expectations� by supervising staff (see rubric) (ISC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation); Assessment of two presentations and a written case report based on a rubric. Grading of progress notes based on a rubric.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Medicine clerkship must be completed.

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: Christen Dilly ( cklochan@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Assignment to the VA, Eskenazi, or University Hospital will be made by mutual agreement between the student and the course director, Dr. Christen Dilly. Please note: If rotating at the VA, credentialing is required. VA credentialing is a complex and time-sensitive process.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None