Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
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Education

Faculty members in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (GIM) play a major role in teaching medical students at the Feinberg School of Medicine and residents in the Department of Medicine.  In addition, our faculty teach the Center for Education in Health Sciences training programs.

 Undergraduate Medical Education

GIM faculty has important leadership positions and teaching responsibilities in multiple course and units for the medical students, including Medical Decision-Making and the Physician Patient and Society courses.

 Primary Care Clerkship

The Primary Care Clerkship is a four week required clerkship for third year medical students that  provides an introduction to the world of the generalist physician.  Students care for patients in clinics and private offices and have an opportunity to learn from physicians who espouse and practice the biopsychosocial, patient-centered philosophy that is central to primary care.

This required four-week clerkship is intended as a brief, but intensive, introduction to the world of the primary care physician. Students will have the opportunity to work with physicians who practice the biopsychosocial, patient-centered philosophy that is central to primary care. During the four weeks, learners will be exposed to the broad range of clinical problems encountered by family medicine and internal medicine physicians, and gain a broader perspective on the role of medical care in people's lives.

The clerkship curriculum is geared to emphasize, in particular, communication skills, clinical decision-making skills, a commitment to lifelong learning, as well as health promotion and disease prevention.

At its core, the Primary Care Clerkship emphasizes clinical experience. Students will spend most of their time in one or two outpatient offices with a family medicine or internal medicine physician, providing a unique opportunity to work directly with an attending for an extended period.

Medical students will see multiple patients daily and will often be the first point of contact. These experiences will help students refine their skills in history taking and clinical write-ups, oral presentation, and physical examination.  Students will take part in a Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) for feedback on their history taking, physical examination and clinical write-up skills. They will also utilize electronic medical records (EMR) and be exposed to the role of e-medicine.

Didactic sessions are held each Wednesday to supplement the clinical experiences. These are generally interactive, case-based discussions but also include lectures on disease prevention and web-based modules.  As a clerkship requirement, students will do a more formal presentation on a topic of their choice for their peers.

 Resident Ambulatory Education, Department of Medicine

Faculty supervise residents at Northwestern Medicine, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, as well as three community centers that provide care to underserved populations in Chicago.  The Ambulatory Education residents have other ambulatory experiences including rotations in the Northwestern Memorial Emergency Room, the VA’s outpatient unit, and an Ambulatory Block rotation.

 Geriatric Fellowship

One-year ACGME-accredited fellowship program is to provide fellows with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to achieve excellence in clinical geriatrics, teaching, and research.

Learn more about the Geriatrics Fellowship.

 Research Teaching and Mentorship

In addition to teaching clinical medicine, the GIM faculty is committed to training the next generation of researchers.  Our researchers provide classroom teaching and supervise research projects for medical students, residents, and fellows.

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