Medicine Clerkship
M25 710

Course Master(s)
Thomas M. De Fer

Course Description

Instructor: Thomas De Fer, M.D., 362-8050
The medicine clerkship provides supervised study of patients in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. The 12-week clerkship is divided into three four-week rotations: two inpatient and one outpatient. For the inpatient rotations, students are assigned as clinical clerks to patients admitted to the cardiology and general medical teaching services of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the St. Louis VA Medical CenterJohn Cochran Division. For the outpatient rotations, students are placed with community-based internal medicine or family practice physicians and will almost always require a car for transportation. Teaching is provided by the chief of service, attending physicians, house staff, consultants, chief residents, community-based preceptors and regularly scheduled conferences. Formal instruction is given regarding core internal medicine topics during the clerkship. Teaching activities include Chief Resident Rounds, Core Lecture Series, Physical Diagnosis Rounds, Radiology Rounds, Professor’s Rounds and other departmentally based conferences.

Clinical Pathological Conference
The clinical course, laboratory and radiologic studies, and pathological findings of a patient are discussed using a problem-solving format at a weekly conference by members of the Departments of Medicine, Pathology and Immunology, and Radiology; Melvin Blanchard, MD, internal medicine; chief residents and medical staff; Louis P. Dehner, MD; and pathology staff.