MED MS 100.11: Advanced Acting Internship in Medicine—Boston Medical Center

The Advanced Acting Internship (AAI) builds upon and is a more intensive version of the traditional sub-internship. Three AAI students are paired on an inpatient team that has no interns, and together they work under the direct supervision of the team resident and assume care of assigned patients. The student is expected to integrate book knowledge with clinical and interpersonal skills in order to demonstrate independent thought and develop a plan of action. A central challenge for the student is to develop a balance between acting independently and acknowledging his/her limitations and seeking help as appropriate. The clinical work is complemented by conferences offered by the Department of Medicine.

The Advanced Acting Intern will play a crucial role in patient care and you must commit to working the complete 4-week block.  Overnight call in the hospital should be expected.

Your work as an Advanced Acting Intern will be recognized in your course evaluation and letters of recommendation.

Because of space limitations, we cannot accommodate everyone who is interested in the AAI, and the AAI experience is only open to BUSM. Students who are interested should apply and will be selected by a lottery that is weighted by your clinical performance during the third year.  Students who are selected must commit to working the block for which they are chosen, unless another AAI chooses to swap with them.

AAI Responsibilities include:

  • Admitting patients to the team.
  • Following a core of patients (on average 4-8 patients).
  • Taking overnight “call”.
  • Providing cross coverage to patients followed by others.

Providing patient care through the last Sunday of the rotation.