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Clinical Clerkship Rotations

Clerkship training opportunities are offered to students of various health care professions who are enrolled in military scholarship programs or schools in the local Augusta, Georgia, area. Many military and civilian students rotate at Eisenhower Army Medical Center each year. The professional staff enjoy teaching and pride themselves on quality training. Clerkship rotations are highly sought after. Military scholarship students may be accepted for active duty military training or in civilian status. Other civilian-affiliated students must be enrolled in a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Professional Education. Medical student clinical clerkship rotations are generally four to six weeks, but variations in length may be accommodated for both core and elective training. Arrangements for clerkships are made through the Office of Graduate Medical Education at 1-800-492-5055 or (706) 787-4657.

For medical students who are specifically interested in applying to Eisenhower for military internship training, personal interviews are strongly encouraged. Clinical rotations are not required, however, in addition to the obvious advantage of giving both the student and program director the opportunity to observe each other, a rotation also gives the student a chance to become familiar with the Medical Center and with the local Augusta area.

The following lists some of the medical student clerkships that are commonly available:

Family Medicine: The full scope of Family Medicine, including most outpatient procedures, is taught by the faculty and residents in a fast-paced, academically and clinically driven ambulatory and inpatient care setting. Pediatric, geriatric, and obstetric patients are represented. The student gains an understanding of the Family Practice philosophy of comprehensive medical care, health maintenance, and the holistic approach to individual patient care. Morning reports, lectures, and clinic rounds provide outstanding ongoing didactics each week. Students from the military medical school (USUHS), as well as from civilian allopathic and osteopathic programs, consistently rate our site among the best for teaching and role modeling the practice of primary care.

Internal Medicine: Third-and fourth-year students are supervised by residents and are responsible for initial history and physical exams, admission orders and daily progress notes for patients on medicine wards. Students present cases, discuss differential diagnoses and participate in the formulation of treatment plans. Learning activities include routine ward procedures, lectures and conferences.

General Surgery: Students rotate on one of the three primary surgical teams under the supervision of General Surgeons and subspecialists in the fields of advanced laparoscopy, surgical critical care, colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, endocrine surgery, bariatric surgery and vascular surgery. Students will gain experience and provide pre-operative, operative, and post-operative care to surgical patients in conjunction with surgical residents. Students participate in all academic conferences during their rotation and are expected to deliver one formal presentation.

Orthopaedic Surgery: Students rotate in the outpatient clinic, inpatient ward, operating room and participate in orthopaedic emergencies. Students attend all scheduled orthopaedic activities, including morning report, comprehensive lecture series, symposia, grand rounds and journal club. Students will learn proper patient assessment, including interpretation of diagnostic radiographs and treatment procedures while under the close supervision of residents and faculty.

Cardiology: Under direct supervision of the staff cardiologist, third-and fourth-year medical students learn to perform appropriate physical examinations on cardiology patients, interpret EKGs and treadmill stress tests, and learn management principles for all routine cardiologic problems. Didactic sessions will emphasize the cardiovascular examination, evaluation, and management of routine cardiology problems.

Emergency Medicine: This rotation includes evaluation of Emergency Department patients with direct supervision by board-certified Emergency Medicine staff. Differential diagnoses and emphasis on ruling out worst possible case scenarios are stressed. An emergency procedure lab is included, as well as several educational videos and extensive individual teaching.

Intensive Care Unit: Under the direct supervision of the resident, students usually follow one or two patients at a time in the ICU. Students gain an understanding of the physical and diagnostic signs of patients who have sustained acute, life-threatening, single or multi-organ system failure secondary to disease or injury and understand the pathophysiology of the disease processes encountered.

Other clerkships such as the Medicine sub-specialties, Radiology, Anesthesiology, ENT, Neurology, Pathology, and Psychiatry may be available on request.


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