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.
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.
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.
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.
The Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics strongly encourages and supports individuals interested in research training to pursue an academic career. Our faculty contribute to the Northwestern University Integrated Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research program, the purpose of which is to help ensure that adequate numbers of highly trained individuals are available to carry out the nation's health services and outcomes research agenda, in order to improve the quality and safety of healthcare, enhance access and healthcare equity, and appraise the effectiveness of healthcare expenditures. The Integrated Fellowship is designed for professionals with a Medical Degree (MD) or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) who wish to gain expertise in health services and outcomes research in order to pursue a career focused on research, dissemination and translation of research findings, and scholarly educational activities.
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.