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This inpatient rotation offers students the opportunity to provide hands on care for patients admitted directly to one of the four adult teaching hospitals in downtown Indianapolis within the Department of Medicine.  Patients comprise the entire socioeconomic spectrum in the Midwest and have a broad range of medical problems, such as congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, acute coronary syndromes, cardiac arrhythmias, syncope, malignant hypertension, GI bleeding, pneumonia, COPD, pulmonary emboli, sepsis, pyelonephritis, acute mental status change, TIA/stroke, acute and chronic renal failure. Depending on availability and personal interest, students would join a teaching team that provides either primary inpatient responsibilities or a consultative role in either general medicine or one of the subspecialities.   Students at this level are expected to conduct their own independent clinical evaluations and present to their attending physician.  Students will provide patient care in a multidisciplinary care model that may includes nurse, pharmacists, care managers, along with other physician learners (other medical students, residents, fellows).

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Bernadette Blaser (babills@iu.edu)

Director: John Buckley, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Indianapolis Campus

Learning Objectives

    1. Conduct an independent clinical evaluations including formulating a prioritized differential diagnosis (PC2)
    2. Enhance skills in presenting their evaluations to other physicians in an efficient manner (ICS1)
    3. Effectively document findings in the patient's EMR (ICS5)
    4. Practice clinical management skills by proposing specific treatment plans (PC3)
    5. Further develop time management skills, including anticipatory planning, that will better prepare students for their internship. (P2)
    6. Demonstrate self-directed learning skills by independently reading on their patients, and actively participating on inpatient teaching rounds, including engaging in discussions of patients they are not personally evaluating. (PBLI1)
    7. Enhance communication and interpersonal skills that enable effective clinical care (ICS3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status; Completion of Internal Medicine Clerkship

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

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

Elective Type Category: CP- Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

ADD/DDROP CONTACT PERSON: Bernadette Blaser (babills@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE SENIOR MATCH. All requests to add this elective must go through Bernadette Blaser (babills@iu.edu). This elective will be eligible for the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program via the AAMC. Depending on a student's previous experience, we may be able to tailor this experience to fit the student's goals.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Inpatient clinical teams will collaborate regularly with nursing, pharmacy, case management, and other professional teams

Service Learning Included: None