Internal Medicine Student Education

Welcome to the Internal Medicine Student Education website at BUSM!

This site is designed to provide information and links to assist both students and faculty in learning about Internal Medicine rotations at BUSM and about the field of Internal Medicine.

Internal Medicine is a specialty that focuses on the care of adult patients and is incredibly far reaching, including many specialties ranging from primary care general internists, to hospitalists, to the medicine subspecialties such as cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, endocrinology, and many other others.

Internists provide care across the spectrum of patient concerns- from prevention and health promotion to addressing acute medical problems, to managing chronic conditions. The internist is the doc that doctors most likely seek when they are sick. Internal Medicine emphasizes the practice of scientifically-based, humanistic medicine. The discipline also places a great emphasis on our role in research, quality improvement and education.

Department of Medicine (DOM) faculty take a leading role in teaching throughout the BUSM curriculum. In the first year, several faculty members serve as facilitators for the Integrated Problems Course and as clinical teachers in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, in which first year students work in the outpatient setting with faculty members for 10-12 weeks.  In addition, many DOM faculty members provide lectures in the first-year PRiSM curriculum.

The DOM faculty is even more involved in the second-year curriculum.  In the Disease and Therapy Course, the Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Rheumatology, Renal, Gastroenterology, Hematology and Endocrine modules are co-directed by DOM faculty, and the lectures and discussion sessions are given by DOM faculty in these modules, as well as in the Infectious Diseases and Oncology modules. DOM faculty also continue to teach Integrated Problems, and are key faculty for the ICM 2 course, which focuses on Physical Diagnosis.

In the 3rd and 4th years, the DOM directs the Medicine 1 Clerkship, an 8-week inpatient-based clerkship; Medicine 2, a 4-week selective that focuses on advanced medical issues in the ambulatory setting; the Medicine Sub-internship and Advanced Acting Internship; and many sub-specialty electives. The department also provides numerous opportunities to participate in research and educational projects.

Again, welcome to the website

If you have questions, feel free to contact us.