Success in achieving the clerkship goals will depend on a positive attitude, a continuing desire to learn, willingness to work hard, and a desire to seek and accept constructive criticism. The raw materials are provided: patients, colleagues with experience, and library and online resources. It is your responsibility to use all these materials to teach yourself medicine. Self-directed learning is crucial to the development of a knowledgeable physician. Your success in achieving these goals will be evaluated by the faculty and housestaff.
You will find you retain best subject matter related to patients you care for. Second-choice objects to which to tie your reading are: other patients of the ward team, those patients discussed at Morning Report, Professor’s Rounds, and Chief Resident Seminars, and subject matter covered in other conferences. Emphasis should be on pathophysiology and the natural history of disease, differential diagnosis, evaluation and treatment. Though difficult to accomplish, nightly reading is a valuable routine.
We have a required text for this clerkship. The text is: Internal Medicine Essentials for Students: A Companion to MKSAP for Students 5. Please go to the following link for ACP to order: http://www.acponline.org/
Student members of ACP receive a $10.00 discount and student membership is free.
Other choices to use that are not required are: Current Topics in Medicine; Rapid Interpretation of EKGs by Dubin, and MKSAP for Internal Medicine can be helpful in preparing for the written exam.
On-line texts such as Up to Date or MD Consult are recommended to provide additional details pertinent to the problems encountered in your patients. However, this should not be your primary or only source of information.