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  • Senior Medicine Rotation

    MED 651. GENERAL MEDICINE CLERKSHIP. This required senior rotation in medicine will be an extension of the Junior Medicine Clerkship.  Students will be assigned to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center or the Medical Center.  Students will elicit histories, perform physical examinations and carry out appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures under the supervision of the house staff and attending staff.  Assignments will be made at the discretion of the Department of Medicine.  (All students/required block.  Scheduled in equal numbers of student from July through May.)

    MED 652. AMBULATORY MEDICINE. In this course students will concentrate on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the ambulatory patient. Each student will spend time in a variety of ambulatory clinics, including general medicine and certain medicine subspecialty clinics. This approach allows the student to gain a breadth of knowledge regarding ambulatory medicine and the various subspecialties associated with Internal Medicine. (Two (2) students each month. August through November, January through May.)

    MED 653. SPECIAL MEDICINE. Individualized programs for four weeks or longer can be arranged with the Chairman’s approval for students who are interested in obtaining experience in research or other areas of interest.  (Five (5) students each month.  Available all months.)

    MED 654. CARDIOLOGY. Students assigned to the Medical Center will work with the faculty and staff of the Division of Cardiology, participating in the work-up and care of patients admitted to the Cardiology services.  There will be continuing patient responsibility and students will be expected to become familiar with the uses and indications for cardiac catheterization and other procedures, including echocardiography, electrocardiography and activities of the Cardiac Unit.  Students will obtain experience in consultative cardiology.  They will be expected to attend Cardiac Clinic and Cardiac Conferences.  (Two (2) students at University.  Available all months.)

    MED 655. GASTROENTEROLOGY. The Division of Digestive Diseases offers three progressive one month blocks, designed as 655-A, 655-B, and 655-C.  Each block will accept a maximum of two students.  Block 655-A is core curriculum in gastroenterology.  The student will be assigned three patients per week for complete evaluation and current literature search.  The student participates in the divisional activities, including twice daily rounds, weekly teaching rounds, reviews of biopsy specimens, and attends all procedures such as endoscopy, liver biopsy, esophageal motility, percutaneous cholangiogram, etc.  The student will meet weekly with the director of the division or senior fellow to review specific subjects in gastroenterology about which he or she has read during the week.  Block 655-B follows.  The student will not be assigned specific patients, but will participate in all other activities of the division.  At the beginning of the block a specific topic in gastroenterology will be chosen for in-depth review, using all facilities, divisional microscopic slide collection and research laboratory.  Block 655-C will be devoted entirely to one of the research projects of the division under direct supervision of the senior fellow and the director of the division.  (Eight (8) students:  4 in 655-A [2 at UH and 2 at VA], 2 in 655-B at UH, and 2 in 655-C at UH.  Available all months.)

    MED 656. HEMATOLOGY. This elective will provide the student the opportunity to develop competence in the evaluation of patients with a wide range of hematologic diseases as well as general medical problems.  Emphasis will be on: 1) clinical manifestations of disease, 2) the interpretation of laboratory results, 3) pathophysiology. The student will be responsible for the initial evaluation and formulation of appropriate laboratory studies.  These will be reviewed by a fellow and/or faculty member.  Formal staff teaching rounds is held three times weekly.  A slide morphology conference, case review conference, and didactic teaching conference are held weekly.  A case study file with illustrative materials is available to supplement clinical material. (Only two (2) students per month at VA, if more than 2 they would be at UMMC.  Available all months.)

    MED 657. INFECTIOUS DISEASES. Diagnosis and therapy of a variety of infectious disease entities will be reviewed in detail with the student, who will be assigned to the infectious disease service of the University Medical Center or the VA Medical Center.  The student will evaluate and follow consultation patients.  The student will round daily with the service and attend and participate in weekly clinics and conferences at the VA Medical Center or UMMC.  (Two (2) students each month.  Available all months.)

    MED 659. PULMONARY DISEASES/CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE. Students are assigned to the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine services at either UMMC or VAMC.  At the University Hospital the student will actively participate in the work-up and care of patients whose illnesses range from various respiratory diseases to the critically ill.  At the Veterans Hospital the students will be assigned to the Medical Intensive Care Unit and work closely with the Internal Medicine resident in the care of critically ill patients. Formal teaching rounds are held daily.  Conferences and didactic lectures are held three times weekly.  Students are introduced to pulmonary function testing, fiber optic bronchoscopy, hemodynamic monitoring, including invasive monitoring.  (Eight (8) students each month, 4-UMC 4-VA.  Available all months.)

    MED 660. NEPHROLOGY. The objective of this elective is to familiarize the student with the evaluation, diagnosis, medical management, and follow-up of patients with diseases of the kidney. The student will be seeing patients on inpatient consult service and will participate in decision-making and care related to these patients. In addition, the student will receive a series of lectures covering different aspects of the kidney. Students are encouraged to attend one half day a week outpatient clinic at the Jackson Medical Mall.  (Two (2) students each month.  Available all months.)

    MED 661. GERIATRICS/GERONTOLOGY. The goal of this elective will be to acquire experience and instruction in a multi-disciplinary approach to medical care of the older patient.  The student will care for patients in multiple settings at UMMC including outpatient, in-hospital primary care, in-hospital consultation, and the Lakeland Nursing Center.  The focus will be on common geriatric problems such as functional assessment, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, delirium, dementia, falls, urinary incontinence, geriatric pharmacology, and perioperative management.  Additional emphasis will be directed towards a review of the physiologic changes of aging that impact on disease manifestations in the elderly.  (Two (2) students each month.  Available all months.)

    MED 663. AMBULATORY MEDICINE IN THE AMAZON JUNGLES OF PERU. This course consists of two weeks spent at UMMC and two weeks spent in Peru.  During the first two weeks, students review tropical medicine with emphasis on parasitology, infectious diseases and dermatology.  During the last two weeks, students work with UMMC faculty to provide primary care to underserved residents of the province of Loreta in Peru. (Two (2) students.  Available in February.)

    MED 666. ENDOCRINOLOGY. This elective is designed to demonstrate the application of basic endocrinology to patient care.  The student participates in the care of patients, attending endocrine clinics at UMMC and VA Medical Centers, and the diabetic clinic and hypertension clinic at UMMC.  In addition, the student sees consultations at both hospitals, participates in the supervised reading, and attends the endocrine conference.  Research opportunities are available.  (Two (2) students each month.  Available all months.)

    MED 667. MEDICAL CONSULT SERVICE ELECTIVE. This elective gives the student an opportunity to be part of the medical consult team consisting of a senior house officer and a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine.  This team is asked to see a wide variety of medical problems that occur in patients in other services throughout the Medical Center.  The assessment of surgical risk, common medical problems and unusual medical complications will be reviewed on daily rounds.  The student will have an opportunity to assess patients on his own and jointly with the house officer.  A practical approach to patient management in consultation will be provided, with ample opportunity for personal study in General Internal Medicine.  (One (1) student each month.  Available all months.)

    MED 668. RHEUMATOLOGY. This program will provide the student with experience in the clinical and laboratory assessment of patients with rheumatic diseases at UMMC and VAMC.  Students take an active role in the management of both ambulatory and hospitalized patients.  The student will assume supervised primary care for those patients admitted to members of the rheumatology staff and will attend daily teaching rounds where the clinical, radiological and laboratory aspects of patients’ diseases are discussed.  Students will assume supervised primary care for patients that are being followed in the arthritis and lupus clinics at UMMC.  At the VAMC, the student will assume supervised primary care for arthritis patients on the service of the rheumatology staff will attend the arthritis clinic at the hospital and will assist in providing consultations.  At both hospitals, the students will receive instruction in performing joint injection, aspiration, and in synovial fluid analyses.  (Two (2) students each month.  Available all months.)

    MED 670. MEDICAL ONCOLOGY. The objective of this elective is to familiarize the student with the evaluation, medical management, and follow-up of patients with cancer in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  The student will work closely with the inpatient attending and fellow to answer consults and will participate in decision-making and care related to these patients.  In addition, the student will participate in the daily outpatient clinics with fellows and faculty for a broader exposure to patients with different malignancies. Self-assessment test material will be provided for the student’s use.  (Three (3) students each month.  Available all months.)

    MED 673. RURAL INTERNAL MEDICINE PRACTICE. This course will concentrate on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the ambulatory patient in a rural health care setting in the state of Mississippi. Each student will spend time with a selected physician practicing in rural primary care to obtain knowledge and experience in ambulatory medicine typical of rural health care. Emphasis will be placed on arranging appropriate follow-up for each patient in the outpatient and inpatient settings. The training is focused on establishing a quality educational experience for the students in order to enhance recruitment of these future physicians into practice in a rural community within our state.  (Two (2) students per month. July through May).

    Med 674. HOSPITAL MEDICINE The Division of Hospital Medicine provides an in-patient educational experience for all M-4 students as an elective. Students will work directly with the hospitalist on a non-resident service.  Students will perform history and physicals on new admissions and will write daily notes on select patients.  Students will also be responsible for recommending daily orders, communicating with patients and family, communicating with consulting services, assisting with procedures and developing therapeutic plans.  In addition to usual admissions typical to internal medicine (Congestive Heart failure, Pneumonia, DVT/PE, DKA, Acute Renal Failure, Sepsis, GI Bleed), students will also get to experience  co-management of orthopedic, interventional radiology, and neurosurgical patients (Intracranial Hemorrhage, Preoperative and Postoperative management of hip fracture).  (Two (2) students per rotation.  Available all months.)

    MED 851 AND 852. INTERNAL MEDICINE EXTRAMURAL. Extramural rotations for four weeks or longer can be arranged with the course director or chair's approval for students who are interested in the specialty. (Available for senior medical students only. Available all months.)