Essentials for Students

Basic Requirements For The Clerkship Case Conferences

  • Arrive on time to all assigned clinical sessions. Absences are not allowed without prior approval by preceptor and the clerkship director.
  • Prepare for and participate in each case conference. All students in the ambulatory rotation meet at Yale Monday and Thursday mornings (see Schedule with times and locations of activities). Students with their general internal medicine site in Greenwich may remain at that site on Thursday morning.  Absences without prior approval are not allowed.
  • Lead a small group seminar - Student-Faculty Rounds once during the rotation.
  • Obtain the required clinical skills certifications in the Student Record Book.
  • Present a patient at morning report on your designated day.
  • Return the completed visit note evaluation form at the end of the clerkship located in the Student Record Book.
  • Complete the recommended online SIMPLE casework.
  • Complete the Patient Log in the Student Record Book
  • Complete the end-of-clerkship online examination.
  • Complete evaluations of your clinical sites and preceptors at the end of the clerkship.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Your final grade in the clerkship will be based on the following:

  • Written evaluations of your clinical performance will be completed by your general medicine and subspecialty preceptors.
  • Skill Certifications (pass/fail)
  • Visit Note Evaluation Forms
  • Student Faculty Rounds
  • Class Attendance and participation
  • Participation in scheduled clinical and classroom activities
  • Completion of the written examination

This clerkship is graded pass/fail.  The criteria for “Pass” are based on specific performance milestones (see Student Record book) and the clerkship learning objectives. To pass the clerkship a student must:

  1. Receive a grade of pass from their clinical preceptors in each of five major performance areas
  2. Receive a passing grade on the skill exercises from a clinical preceptor
  3. Receive a passing grade for student faculty rounds
  4. Complete the end-of-clerkship written examination
  5. Receive a passing grade for participation which requires completion of all end-of-clerkship evaluations, attendance at classroom activities with no unexcused absences, presentation of a patient as scheduled at morning report and completion of the required SIMPLE cases.

How You Will Evaluate The Clerkship

To pass this clerkship, you must turn in an evaluation form. The form asks for your opinions about classroom activities, the clerkship organization, and your clinical site.

The information you supply will be used immediately to make revisions in our teaching methods and the curriculum. We are collecting it not to know whether the clerkship or preceptors are "good" or "bad", but to identify problems and formulate solutions. Our preceptors and conference leaders are invested in becoming better teachers, but they need your help.

Self-Directed Learning

You may happily note one major distinction between hospital-based practice and office-based practice: offices generally close in the evening. The evening, however, is when many general internists write notes, make hospital rounds, and do patient-directed reading. Most internists are on call several nights per week. You, too, will probably be writing some notes in the evening and rounding. Generally, however, you will get home for dinner and sleep.

For you, the uncluttered evenings will be a time to read about your patients, research questions that arise during the day, prepare for case conferences, complete selected online SIMPLE cases, and prepare for student-faculty rounds. Preceptors have been specifically asked to look for evidence that you have read articles and books between clinic sessions. You are encouraged to use the evenings and other free time to build your knowledge of internal medicine and learn from your patients.