Definitions

Subinternships and Clinical Electives

A Subinternship is an opportunity for a medical student to engage in a clinical rotation meeting the following criteria:

  1. With appropriate supervision, assume primary patient care responsibility at the highest appropriate level possible within the specialty area, directly interfacing with the patient, the medical team, the nursing staff, and any other services.
  2. Total immersion in day-to-day activities, tasks, and responsibilities of patient care.
  3. A broadened patient case-mix and increased patient load with case assignment and schedule similar to a 1st year resident within that specialty.
  4. An opportunity to solidify and apply advanced clinical knowledge, skills and professionalism.
  5. A level of independence appropriate to a 4th year medical student.

A Clinical Elective is an opportunity for a medical student to engage in a clinical rotation with the following characteristics:

  1. With appropriate supervision, participate in the care of patients as an adjunct to a primary clinician (usually a fellow or resident) on a service. The student may interface with the patient, medical team, nursing staff, and other services.
  2. Exposure to and participation in day to day activities, tasks, and responsibilities of patient care on the service.
  3. A patient case-mix chosen for interesting learning opportunities.
  4. An opportunity for exposure to sub-specialty areas of medicine which will enhance student's knowledge base and experience.
  5. A level of independence appropriate to a 4th year medical student.