Instruction in Medicine is provided during all four years of the medical curriculum, beginning with Practice of Medicine I (Medicine 507) in the first year. Teaching in the second year has two main objectives: the correlation of the basic sciences with clinical aspects of disease and training in the technical methods of physical examination and laboratory diagnosis. By the beginning of the third year, the student is ready for supervised clinical study of individual patients. A clinical clerkship of 12 weeks, divided into three four-week periods, is served by third-year students on the medical services of the department. In the final year, students may elect a sub-internship in general medicine and a series of elective courses in the medical specialties.
For information about Primary Care Summer Preceptorships, please refer to the information at the bottom of this section.
M25 Medicine 900
Dana R. Abendschein, PhD
9924 Clinical Sciences Research Building
Research in this translational physiology laboratory is focused on development of novel antithrombotic approaches for use during acute myocardial infarction, stroke, and surgery where vascular injury is an underlying mechanism. Current studies are designed to define the efficacy of targeting antithrombotics to the surface of injured vascular cells and activated platelets on thrombus progression. One approach uses nanoparticles covered with epitopes to bind exposed receptors on thrombus and containing inhibitors of coagulation or platelet activation. Students will be expected to participate in experiments using animal models and will develop skills in experiment design, vascular physiology, clinical antithrombotic therapy, coagulation, histopathology and statistics.
John P. Atkinson, MD
Clinical Sciences Research Building, 10th Floor
A clinical research elective is offered in the evaluation of patients with complement deficiency or overactivity states and with undiagnosed rheumatic disease syndromes.
Roberto Civitelli, MD
BJC Institute of Health, 11th Floor, Musculoskeletal Research Center
The biology of cell-cell interactions and communication in bone via gap junctions and cell adhesion molecules. Function of connexins and cadherins in transcriptional control of osteoblast differentiation, osteoclastogenesis, and mechanotransduction. Modulation of mesenchymal lineage allocation and osteogenic differentiation by cadherins and beta-catenin signaling.
Nicholas O. Davidson, MD
910 Clinical Sciences Research Building, North Tower
Genetic pathways for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and colorectal cancer development. We have two major areas of research interest. Our laboratory is interested, first, in the molecular mechanisms of hepatic steatosis and the pathogenesis of NAFLD. This is the most prevalent liver disease in the U.S., likely affecting a quarter of the population. We have generated genetically manipulated mouse strains that offer insights into the mechanisms of hepatic steatosis. The student would work as part of a team, designing and conducting experiments that will test hypotheses concerning the mechanisms and consequences of hepatic steatosis. These studies will primarily involve mouse genetics, examining the expression of candidate genes under a variety of nutritional and pharmacologic settings that modulate hepatic lipid metabolism. In addition we are using microarrays to study the spectrum of genetic changes that may predict the extent of hepatic lipid accumulation in patients with steatohepatitis. Our goal is to test hypotheses using mouse genetics and to extend these studies to examine the same pathways in humans with NAFLD. Our second area of interest concerns the genetic pathways involved in colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. We have developed a novel strain of mice in which the dominant effects of mutations in the APC tumor suppressor gene have been abrogated through deletion of an RNA binding protein, apobec-1. This deletion has a major effect on the expression of cox-2, abrogating the increase in expression seen in human colonic adenomas and wild-type mouse intestinal adenomas. These findings suggest that apobec-1 is a genetic modifier of colon cancer development. We will study the importance of apobec-1 expression in human colon cancer specimens and continue our murine genetic studies of this novel pathway for modulating colon cancer development and progression.
Gerome Escota, MD
6604 Wohl Hospital
Special projects in medical education. Through special arrangement with and approval by the course director, fourth-year students will participate in special projects in medical education. Typical projects will require approximately four weeks to complete. These four weeks can occur consecutively (preferred) or be spread out somewhat as needed. Medical education projects should be aimed at improving the curriculum, student experience, and/or administration of the Internal Medicine Clerkship or the Sub-Internship. Interested students should contact the course director via phone or email to discuss the proposed project. Those who are interested but would like guidance in designing a project should also contact the course director. This is open only to Washington University School of Medicine students.
Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH
Occupational medicine epidemiology and intervention research. Our research involves the use of epidemiology methods to characterize associations between diseases and work-related exposures. We are also doing workplace intervention studies to prevent injuries and illnesses, and to improve healthy diet and physical activity among working populations. During an elective in occupational medicine epidemiology research, students will learn how to use epidemiologic methods to investigate disease processes by working on a mutually agreed-on topic of interest related to occupational diseases. Other activities can include work-site visits and intervention projects, as well as involvement with work-site health promotion and policy making. Elective length is variable depending on individual circumstances. Please contact Dr. Evanoff to discuss this research.
Gregory I. Goldberg, PhD
Wohl Clinic, 4th Floor
Role of secreted extracellular matrix metalloproteases in tissue remodeling. Structure and function of the metalloproteases.
Richard W. Gross, MD, PhD
4525 Scott Avenue, East Building
Lipid mediators of signal transduction in the cardiovascular system. Characterization of regulatory mechanisms responsible for the liberation of lipid second messengers during cellular activation. The roles of phospholipases in mediating the metabolic syndrome and end-organ tissue damage.
Emergency medicine clinical research. Emergency medicine clinical research involves the gamut of research designs ranging from retrospective cohort studies ("The Use of B Hydroxy Butyrate Point-of-Care Testing in Diabetic Ketoacidosis") to prospective clinical trials ("Biomarkers in Traumatic Brain Injury") to the evaluation of health care systems and Emergency Department processes ("Effects of a Triage Process Conversion on the Triage of High Risk Presentations") to analyzing health policy issues ("Rate of Follow-up to a Primary Care Clinic and Subsequent Emergency Department Utilization among an Urban ED Population"). Students will learn the basic clinical research designs and will be able to articulate the benefits and drawbacks of each. They will be involved in hypothesis generation and study design for projects that are at that stage. For ongoing projects, they will learn about the informed consent process and be involved in screening for study subjects and subject selection and enrollment. They will be allowed to consent for studies judged to be minimal risk. Students will be taught important rules regarding data acquisition and entry, particularly as it relates to standards that have been set forth in the medical literature. They will learn about bias and inter-rater reliability. Students will participate in data entry, data analysis, and subsequent abstract/manuscript preparation based on their level of interest and ability for time commitment. Students will meet weekly with one of the course directors to discuss study progress and to identify any roadblocks to study completion. These meetings will also serve as a forum for one-on-one education of the student regarding study methodology, ethical issues in research, and various resources available to the clinical researcher at Washington University.
Sandor J. Kovacs, MD, PhD
9965 Clinical Sciences Research Building
For students with math, physics and engineering background. Cardiovascular biophysics research elective concentrates on physiologic modeling and comparison of model predictions to in vivo human data. Minimum of eight weeks of elective time.
Marc S. Levin, MD, and Deborah C. Rubin, MD
922/924 Clinical Sciences Research Building
Phone: 314-362-8933, 314-362-8935
Students will be members of a collaborative research team headed by Drs. Levin and Rubin (Department of Medicine) investigating the mechanisms underlying the intestinal adaptive response that occurs to compensate for loss of functional small intestine. A second project focuses on epithelial-mesenchymal interactions and their role in regulating gut epithelial proliferation carcinogenesis and the normal and cancer stem cell niche. Specific mechanisms under investigation include the function of an immediate early gene Tis7 on gut adaptation following resection or injury. The role of myofibroblast protein epimorphin in regulating cell proliferation and colon carcinogenesis is being explored. The student will have the opportunity to learn basic molecular biology and physiology as it relates to small intestinal growth and function. Examples of techniques that are used in these studies include small animal surgery and colitis and cancer models (mice and rats), molecular biological techniques including PCR, Northern blotting, vector construction for production of transgenic and knockout mouse models, in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry.
Jason C. Mills, MD, PhD
Clinical Sciences Research Building, North Tower, Room 1030
We investigate the differentiation of epithelial stem cells in the upper GI tract. We study how genes regulate differentiation in mouse models and in vitro in tissue culture, and we correlate our findings with human tissue specimens. Specific projects include: (1) understanding how inflammation leads to aberrant differentiation (metaplasia), which is a precursor for cancer; (2) elucidating how master regulatory transcription factors like Xbp1 and Mist1 coordinate the massive cytoskeletal and organellar expansion of specialized secretory cells as they differentiate from stem cells; and (3) understanding mechanisms regulating how differentiated cells can be reprogrammed into stem cells in GI organs like stomach and pancreas.
Richard E. Ostlund, MD
8804 Wohl Hospital
Our laboratory focuses on the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease by studying cholesterol absorption, detoxification and elimination from the body. Direct patient studies that use new stable isotopic cholesterol tracers and mass spectrometry techniques complement in vitro work on the biochemistry of cholesterol transport in cultured cells.
Russell Pachynski, MD
BJC Institute of Health, 7th Floor
Our lab focuses on several aspects of tumor immunology and translational immunotherapy. We utilize mouse tumor models, human tissues and samples, and advanced molecular and immunologic techniques to study leukocyte trafficking in the setting of tumor development and progression. We also have projects focusing on developing novel immunotherapeutics aimed at augmenting the recruitment of beneficial leukocyte subsets into the tumor microenvironment in order to suppress tumor growth. We are utilizing several approaches such as nanoparticles, fusion proteins and viruses.
Katherine Ponder, MD
8818 Cancer Science Research Building
Gene therapy for lysosomal storage diseases. Our laboratory is interested in using gene therapy to treat lysosomal storage diseases such as mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS). We have developed a retroviral vector that can be efficiently delivered to the liver of mice and dogs, and results in expression that is sufficient to reduce many of the clinical manifestations of these genetic diseases. Current studies focus upon assessing the therapeutic effect of gene therapy on sites that are affected in MPS such as the heart, aorta, bones and joints, and developing vectors that might be translated into human patients. In addition, we are evaluating the pathogenesis of disease in MPS, which appears to involve the upregulation of destructive proteases in the aorta and possibly other sites. A better understanding of the pathogenesis of disease might result in additional therapies for MPS.
Clay F. Semenkovich, MD
Southwest Tower, 8th Floor
Fatty acid metabolism and its role in atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension and obesity. The modulation of respiratory uncoupling for the treatment of aging, obesity and vascular disease.
Phyllis K. Stein, PhD
Northwest Tower, Room 13116
Clinical significance of heart rate variability and ECG-derived waveform parameters obtained from continuous ambulatory monitoring. This elective affords the opportunity to perform research in heart rate variability or in other measurements, like QT variability or T-wave alternans that can be derived from continuous ECG monitoring from Holter recordings or polysomnography recordings in the sleep lab. One area of active research is the identification of heart rate patterns associated with obstructive and central sleep apneas and hypopneas and the relationship of previously unappreciated cycling heart rate patterns and outcomes. Data are also available from mice. Many possible projects are available using our many large existing datasets, using the thousands of stored studies in the sleep lab, or involving de novo data collection in a clinical or animal population and in infants. Also, many possible directions for this research are available from applying traditional and nonlinear HRV to different populations, developing methods to quantify ultradian heart rate variability patterns, to developing novel ECG analysis techniques, etc. Also, we are involved with the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), a large population-based longitudinal study of risk factors for heart disease and stroke among community-dwelling people >65 years old. There is a subset of this population who had Holter recordings (~1400 at baseline, ~800 of the same people five years later, and ~370 minority subjects recorded at the same time as the second CHS recording). These recordings have already been analyzed by us so there is a large amount of heart rate variability and heart rate pattern data available. There are also subsets of the CHS and of another study (EPHESUS) who are known to have died suddenly, and we have developed a matched control group in order to examine ECG-based differences in those who died suddenly. We also have electronic sleep studies at two time points for about 300 of the CHS Holter participants who also participated in the Sleep Heart Health Study. We have analyzed an additional ~1500 sleep studies from CHS participants who did not have Holter recordings. Thus, there is also an opportunity in the CHS dataset for studies on the relationship of heart rate variability and changes in heart rate variability over time and a huge number of clinical and demographic factors among the elderly. We also have data on the relationship of Holter-based HRV and sleep apnea patterns to the development of atrial fibrillation post-cardiac surgery and data from a study of treatment of depression in treatment-resistant depressed post-MI patients, a study of sickle cell patients, and one of heart rate variability and echo parameters in elderly African Americans. Currently we are also analyzing HRV in both premature infants as they mature and also HRV as a predictor of response to treatment in babies in the NICU and PICU, using stored 24-hour bedside ECGs.
Heart rate variability and clinical outcomes: The student will be learning about HRV methods and will investigate the relationship of HRV and outcomes in one of our datasets. Because we have clinical and demographic data on about 20,000 subjects for whom continuous ECGs from Holter recordings, sleep studies, and ICU studies are available, and also some mouse data, the student will be able to choose a project leading to a publishable result in an area of interest. The HRV Lab has enough computers and software to accommodate the needs of any interested students.
John Turk, MD, PhD
Southwest Tower, 8th Floor
Phospholipid signaling mechanisms in pancreatic islets. Experience in mass spectrometric analysis of complex lipids is available.
H.J. Wedner, MD
5002 Steinberg Pavilion, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, North Campus
Phone: 314-454-7937 or 314-454-7377
- Asthma care in the inner city: Students will participate in ongoing studies of the delivery of asthma care to inner-city children and adults. The emphasis will be on direct contact between the asthmatic patients and the student, along with an asthma counselor.
- Biology of pollen and fungal allergens: Our laboratory has been characterizing the important allergenic proteins from molds and pollen. The allergens are identified using skin-test-sensitive individuals, and the proteins are isolated and characterized by a combination of physiochemical and molecular biological techniques. These studies should lead to better forms of allergy immunotherapy. Students will participate in the isolation, characterization and modification of major allergens from a number of molds including Stachybotrys atra, Epicoccum nigrum, and several pollens including those from white oak and Parthenium hysterophoros, a newly recognized allergen.
Since 1996 the school has sponsored a primary care preceptorship program for students during the summer between their first and second years of classes. Students select a preceptor in internal medicine, pediatrics or family practice and spend up to eight weeks observing that physician's clinical practice. A stipend is provided to the student. Although many of the preceptors are in St. Louis, others, particularly alumni, are located in cities throughout the country.
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M25 Medicine 507 Practice of Medicine I
POM I is a large course which spans all three blocks of the first year. It is composed of three content areas: Clinical Skills Patient, Physician, and Society Clinical Knowledge. Each of these three content areas has two or more sections, each run by a faculty section leader. POM I employs a variety of teaching techniques, instructors and venues. This includes lecture, small group discussions, panel sessions, one-on-one hospital interviews, standardized patient sessions, a patient home visit, and visits to both a primary care office and a city clinic. What are the educational goals of POM I? Students will learn to: 1. Perform a complete history and physical examination with thoroughness, accuracy, sensitivity and compassion. 2. Communicate effectively, efficiently and compassionately with patients, families and other health professionals. 3. Describe and analyze the statistical methodology of clinical studies and apply the results to individuals and groups of patients. 4. Identify and investigate ethical, cultural, socioeconomic and political factors relevant to medical interactions. 5. Examine and analyze personal and professional competencies, limitations and behaviors. How do we accomplish these goals? 1. Learning skills and techniques requires a cycle of steps: preparation, background reading, attempts at skill performance, analysis and reflection on performance, discussion of potential improvements and successive performance of the skill with advancement to a new level of expertise. 2. The focus is on learning skills. You practice each skill, such as interviewing, in a variety of venues and situations of varying complexity. This course is for learning about how to do things that you will use for taking care of patients and families. 3. You work in multiple learning environments. a. Academic environments: small group sessions for discussion, small group practice sessions, peer learning, small group presentations, individual and group writing assignments, and reflections on experiences are the preferred learning locations. b. Clinical environments: inpatient units with faculty and WUSM IV mentors, standardized patient experiences with videotape review, physicians' offices, patients' homes with and without home care professionals, and a city clinic.
Credit 198.5 units.
M25 Medicine 605A Infectious Diseases
The Infectious Diseases course teaches both organism-specific and organ-specific approaches to disease caused by microbes. The course expands upon the material presented in the first year concerning bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites and their involvement in causation of human disease. It explores the complex interaction between microbes and host in the individual patient, and at the broader public health level. Educational methods include lecture, interactive in-class case discussions and review sessions, and student-led clinical case discussions in small groups.
Credit 51 units.
M25 Medicine 606A Rheumatology
A major focus of the course is teaching "how to think like a rheumatologist", emphasizing the concept of clinical diagnosis: the history and physical generate a clinical hypothesis, which is supported by laboratory tests. Inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, crystalline disorders, and infectious arthritis), classic "autoimmune diseases" (lupus, inflammatory myopathy, and scleroderma), and vasculitic syndromes are presented. A team based learning exercise on rheumatology lab tests gives students a chance to teach one another the details. Two separate sessions with four unknown patients gives students a chance to interview patients and try to make a diagnosis.
Credit 17 units.
M25 Medicine 607 Practice of Medicine II
The goal of The Practice of Medicine (POM) course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to patient care regardless of specialty. POM II is a continuation of POM I and will continue to address various interfaces between patients, physicians and society and will also introduce the advanced physical exam and approaches to clinical thinking and decision-making. The sections of POM II include Clinical Skills, Case Development, Communication Skills, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Community and Public Health, Ethics and Health Policy Humanities, and Scientific Methods. The learning objectives for each section of POM II emphasize topics and skills used in all fields of medicine, and the majority of the course work will be taught in small groups or through clinical experiences.
Credit 89 units.
M25 Medicine 611B Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death within the United States, although steady advances in the field have greatly reduced both its associated morbidity and mortality. This course provides a foundation for understanding the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of cardiovascular conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice, including hypertension, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias, valvular heart disease, pericardial diseases, aortic diseases, peripheral arterial disease, and venous disorders. An emphasis is placed on describing the current state of knowledge in cardiology while also including some of the exciting new developments that are revolutionizing patient care. The course includes lecture overviews of each topic along with small group and team-based learning sessions to solidify and apply knowledge of the material to patient case scenarios. In addition, "EKGs of the Week" allow students to practice a structured approach to the interpretation of EKGs.
Credit 30 units.
M25 Medicine 612B Pulmonary Diseases
The pulmonary pathophysiology course is designed to familiarize medical students with the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying diseases of the pulmonary system. The course begins with a brief review of pertinent pulmonary physiology and pulmonary function, and then explores how pathologic disorders alter normal lung physiology resulting in the clinical presentation of disease. Major categories of clinical pulmonary diseases discussed include obstructive lung diseases, restrictive lung diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases and pleural disease. Educational methods include lectures, team-based learning and review sessions.
Credit 22.5 units.
M25 Medicine 613B Renal & Genitourinary Diseases
This course focuses upon the wide variety of renal diseases. It will begin with a brief review of pertinent renal physiology, and then will explore disorders of fluids/electrolytes (abnormalities in plasma water/solute balance), patterns of acute and chronic kidney injury (including nephritic/nephrotic syndromes and renal involvement in systemic disorders), and finally the options available when end stage kidney disease is reached (hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation). The course contains a mixture of lecture, small group, team based learning, case-based presentations, and patient presentation.
Credit 38 units.
M25 Medicine 614 Dermatology
The dermatology second-year course is designed to provide medical students with a foundation in dermatology that will support future learning and improve diagnostic skills in general medicine and a wide variety of specialties. Medical students will learn how to describe skin lesions and the pathophysiologic basis and clinical characteristics of major dermatologic diseases. Major categories of clinical skin diseases and their most prominent constituents will be discussed, including papulosquamous diseases, blistering diseases, infectious diseases, and benign and malignant neoplasms.
Credit 8 units.
M25 Medicine 615A Endocrinology and Metabolism
The endocrine pathophysiology course aims to provide an understanding of the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of common endocrine disorders. Emphasis is placed upon relevant clinical history and physical examination as well as the interpretation of investigations for endocrine disorders. Basic principles of treatment of endocrine disorders will also be discussed. Lectures are supplemented by organ-specific clinical case discussions.
Credit 31 units.
M25 Medicine 620A Gastroint. and Liver Diseases/Nutrition
This course discusses the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying diseases of the gastrointestinal tract including esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gall bladder and pancreas. A series of lectures related to nutrition and the impact of nutritional disorders on health and disease are also included. Lectures are supplemented by group seminars that include discussion of clinical case presentations.
Credit 32 units.
M25 Medicine 625A Hematology and Oncology
The hematology pathophysiology course exposes students to common hematologic disorders and hematologic malignancies. The course utilizes lectures, clinical case discussions and practical sessions involving microscopy.
Credit 39 units.
M25 Medicine 707 Practice of Medicine III
Objectives: 1. To review challenges and dilemmas relevant to the practice of clinical medicine. 2. To examine clinical experiences from a variety of perspectives. In this course, themes and topics relevant to students in their clinical stage of training are discussed. Session formats include lecture, panel discussion and/or small group. As students exchange problematic scenarios and questions, the group develops potential solutions and management schemes. *Topics in the past have included: 1) Diversity 3.0 training; 2) Business of medicine; 3) Individualized Learning Objectives in clinical scenario; 4) PSQI; 5) Mock Deposition, Risk Management, and Adverse Patient Outcomes; 6) Compassion Fatigue, Resilience, and Burnout Part 1; 7) Compassion Fatigue, Resilience, and Burnout Part 2; 8) Caring for Incendiary Patients; 9) Diagnostic Error and Transitions of Care; 10) Strategies for Effective Teaching and Mentoring. Attendance at 8 out of 10 POM III sessions is required to pass this course. Students may use two absences for any reason and are recommended to save them for their ACES rotation, Labor & Deliver rotation, or an emergency.
M25 Medicine 710 Medicine Clerkship
The Medicine clerkship provides supervised study of patients in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. For the inpatient rotations, students are assigned as clinical clerks to patients admitted to the general medical teaching services of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Veterans Administration Medical Center. For the outpatient rotations, students rotate through the ambulatory general medicine clinics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a community-based internal medicine practice. Teaching is provided by the chief of service, attending physicians, house officers, consultants, chief residents and regularly scheduled conferences. Formal instructions is given regarding core internal medicine topics during the clerkship. A minimum of 12 weeks is required: three consecutive four-week rotations.
Credit 462 units.
M25 Medicine 714 Ambulatory Clerkship: Emergency Medicine
The Urgent Care area (UCA) serves as our site for the WUSM III Ambulatory Care Rotation. Three students at a time are assigned to this four-week rotation. Students will spend their first day in an orientation session learning suturing, ECG interpretation and airway management (including intubation skills) in hands-on laboratories. They will also review pelvic examinations and view an education video on domestic violence. On day two, they begin primarily evaluating non-emergent patients in Urgent Care and report directly to an Emergency Medicine attending. There are four hours of conferences per week (8-10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings) — attendance is mandatory. Discussions are currently underway to allow students to participate in helicopter ride-alongs with ARCH Airmedical Services. Students can expect to gain a wide range of skills in evaluating uncomplicated upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, lacerations, eye problems, rashes, simple extremity trauma — in general, "bread and butter" medical/surgical problems. Students do a case presentation (15 min.) at the close of the block.
Credit 154 units.
M25 Medicine 730 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Workshop
Clerkship in PM&R for third-year medical students provides an opportunity to gain basic knowledge and clinical skills in evaluation and management of a wide range of neurological and musculoskeletal diseases and conditions that require specialized rehabilitative medical and therapeutic care. Students spend two weeks on the Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCI) and two weeks on the Brain Injury (BI) and Stroke Unit at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis. Students are expected to be a part of the rehabilitation team, follow three to five patients, participate in daily morning rounds, participate in performing consults, and attend team meetings and family conferences. Students are required to attend several outpatient clinics such as SCI, BI, Amputee and Stroke. During the entire rotation, students work with PM&R residents and fellows, and under direct guidance of the NeuroRehabilitation faculty. The usual duty hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. There is no night call. Students are required to attend all PM&R curriculum lectures and conferences. On the first day of rotation, students meet with the PM&R program director to go over goals, objectives and schedules. Upon completion of the rotation, students are required to fill out the evaluation form to provide feedback regarding rotation experience.
Credit 154 units.
M25 Medicine 740 Dermatology Clerkship
The goal of the dermatology clerkship is to provide a guide for the student to appreciate dermatology within the broader perspectives of medicine and biology. The student will develop familiarity with dermatologic vocabulary, learn to recognize and initiate therapy of common dermatologic disorders and become cognizant of uncommon or complicated dermatologic problems that require specialty care. Emphasis will be placed on careful history taking and physical examination. Students will always work under the direction of the resident physician and the attending physicians in the clinic setting.
Credit 154 units.
M25 Medicine 750 Geriatrics Clerkship
The primary goal of this rotation is for students to gain proficiency in the principles of geriatric evaluation and management, including the medical, psychological, social, and functional assessments of older adults. Students are expected to participate in the evaluation of three to five patients per week, in a variety of settings including the outpatient Geriatric Assessment Clinic, inpatient Geriatric Consult service, Parc Provence nursing home, and the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL). Students will also have the opportunity to participate in hospice and home care visits, interdisciplinary team meetings, and observe an assessment at the Washington University Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Students are expected to attend weekly conferences while on the rotation. The day normally begins at 8:30 a.m. and is usually finished by 5:30 p.m. There is no night or weekend call. Time is provided to read the detailed syllabus/bibliography. Many clinical activities are off-site from the medical campus. Students will be required to coordinate transportation to and from such sites. Students will be expected to give an oral presentation on a topic of their choice once during the rotation.
Credit 154 units.
M25 Medicine 801 Honors Medicine - General Medicine
The purpose of the Honors Medicine elective (sub-internship) is the development of expertise in the care of hospitalized patients in a well-supervised teaching environment. Sub-interns act as their patients' interns under the supervision of residents and attending physicians. Sub-interns have the same on-call and admitting schedules as the interns on their teams and are assigned up to two new patients on each admitting day. Sub-interns are not required to spend call nights in the hospital. Except in emergencies, sub-interns are the first individuals to evaluate patients admitted to medical service teams. A diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the patient is planned in consultation with the resident. Sub-interns assume primary responsibility for the daily care of their patients, under the supervision of resident and attending physicians. This includes evaluation on daily rounds, scheduling and obtaining results of diagnostic studies, planning therapy, making arrangements for care after discharge and communicating with patients and their families. Sub-interns attend the same conferences as the house staff.
M25 Medicine 805 Rheumatology
Students will be involved in the diagnostic work-up and management of patients with conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, vasculitis (ANCA-associated vasculitis, temporal arteritis, etc.), spondyloarthropathies (ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, etc.), and gout; there is less exposure to osteoarthritis and regional musculoskeletal problems. By working closely with a faculty member, fellows and medical residents, students become integral and active members of the rheumatology service for inpatient consultations and outpatient clinics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. An emphasis is placed on the physical examination of joints and the musculoskeletal system, synovial fluid analysis, and interpretation of diagnostic tests and radiographs. Students attend two rheumatology conferences held weekly. A rotation limited to outpatient rheumatology is possible by prior arrangement with the course director.
M25 Medicine 807 Honors Medicine - VA Hospital
The purpose of the Honors Medicine elective (sub-internship) at the VA Medical Center is to develop proficiency in the care of hospitalized patients on an internal medicine ward. Sub-interns will have similar responsibilities as interns, with appropriate supervision by the attending and resident physicians. They have the same on-call/admitting schedules as the interns and participate in the same teaching conferences, but they do not take overnight call. Sub-interns should admit at least two patients per call day, and they should be the first to evaluate the patients admitted to the medical service, except in emergencies. A diagnostic and therapeutic approach to evaluating each patient is planned in consultation with the resident. Sub-interns assume primary responsibility for the daily care of their patients, including evaluating each patient daily, presenting on morning rounds entering orders (discussed with and co-signed by the resident), interpreting results of diagnostic studies, calling consults, collaborating with nurses and social work, organizing post-discharge care, and communicating with patients and their families. Sub-interns also attend weekly small group learning sessions during which they discuss, diagnose, and treat patients using example cases. By the end of the VA Honors Medicine rotation, sub-interns will be able to independently: - Synthesize and succinctly present a patient's history, exam, diagnostic data, assessment, and plan of care. - Support differential diagnoses and proposed care plans with clinical reasoning and evidence. - Demonstrate how to correctly order diagnostic tests and medications that further patient care. - Analyze complex patient cases during interactive small group learning sessions. Integrate feedback from patients, residents, and attending physicians, and formulate a plan for ongoing improvement as a clinician.
M25 Medicine 810 Geriatric Medicine
The primary goal of this rotation is for students to gain proficiency in the principles of geriatric evaluation and management, including the medical, psychological, social, and functional assessments of older adults. Students are expected to participate in the evaluation of three to five patients per week, in a variety of settings including the outpatient Geriatric Assessment Clinic, inpatient Geriatric Consult service, outpatient and home-based Primary Care, and the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL; optional). Students will also have the opportunity to participate in hospice and home care visits, interdisciplinary team meetings, and observe an assessment at the WU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Students are expected to attend weekly conferences while on the rotation. The day normally begins at 8:30 a.m. and is usually finished by 5:30 p.m. There is no night or weekend call. Time is provided to read the detailed syllabus/bibliography. Many clinical activities are off-site from the Medical Campus; students will be required to coordinate transportation to and from such sites. Students will be expected to give an oral presentation on a topic of their choice once during the rotation.
M25 Medicine 811 Clinical Internal Medicine - Hospitalist
This course allows the student to work one-on-one with hospitalist physicians on a patient care team. The student acts as the intern under the direct supervision of the attending physician. Daily responsibilities include admission history and physicals, daily notes and discharge summaries on assigned patients. They also will have the opportunity to perform indicated procedures on patients on this service. Students are encouraged to participate in Department of Medicine conferences.
M25 Medicine 814 Clinical Emergency Medicine - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
This rotation offers practical experience in the evaluation and management of acutely sick and injured patients. Students will function as sub-interns, initially evaluating their assigned patients and developing a plan for further diagnostic studies and therapy. They will report to a senior-level resident or an attending physician. The student can expect to get an opportunity to perform a wide variety of procedural skills such as suturing, splinting, peripheral and central venous access, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Shifts will be eight hours, and students will rotate between day, evening and night shifts, including weekend shifts, in order to gain maximum exposure to all types of emergencies. A core content of lectures will be provided. Students will gain an understanding of prehospital care by doing a ride-along shift with the St. Louis Fire Department EMS. Students will also gain knowledge of the basics of ultrasound during their time in the department. Students interested in EM will be doing 1:1 shifts with a single attending during their last two weeks of the rotation. Students desiring a letter of recommendation from any EM attending should take this WUSM IV Emergency Medicine rotation. Students will be scheduled for required weekend and overnight shifts, and changes will not be allowed to the schedule unless approved prior to the start of the rotation by the course coordinator. Please be advised that there is a limit of days off while on this rotation during interview season; otherwise, students should arrange to take the elective at a different time during the year. Days off during the rest of the year will conform to university policy. Days off should be requested from the course coordinator at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the rotation for scheduling purposes.
M25 Medicine 821 Inpatient Cardiology
Students will participate as members of the Barnes-Jewish Cardiology at Washington University Consultative Team. They will be part of a team composed of faculty members, fellows, residents, and nurse practitioners that sees a large population of cardiac patients and follows them through all aspects of their in-hospital care. Emphasis will be placed on physical examination and the interpretation of modern cardiac diagnostic tests including electrocardiograms, echocardiograms and coronary angiograms and their role in clinical decision making.
M25 Medicine 822 Honors Medicine - Cardiology
The structure and functioning of the Honors Medicine-Cardiology elective (sub-internship) is very similar to the general medicine sub-internship (M25 801). The basic purpose is to develop expertise in the care of hospitalized patients in a well-supervised teaching environment. The majority of patients admitted to the service will have a cardiology diagnosis as the main reason for admission. Some general medical problems will also be seen. All attendings on the service are cardiology subspecialists. Cardiology fellows act as the chief resident for the service on a monthly basis. Sub-interns act as their patients' interns under the supervision of residents and attending physicians. Sub-interns have the same on-call and admitting schedules as the interns on their teams and are assigned up to two new patients on each admitting day. Sub-interns are not required to spend call nights in the hospital. Except in emergencies, sub-interns are the first individuals to evaluate patients admitted to medical service teams. A diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the patient is planned in consultation with the resident. Sub-interns assume primary responsibility for the daily care of their patients, under the supervision of resident and attending physicians. This includes evaluation on daily rounds, scheduling and obtaining results of diagnostic studies, planning therapy, making arrangements for care after discharge, and communicating with patients and their families. Sub-interns attend the same conferences as the internal medicine house staff. There are also several conferences specific to the cardiology service.
M25 Medicine 823 Clinical Cardiology - VA Hospital
The major purpose of this elective in clinical cardiology at the John Cochran VA Hospital is to improve evaluation and management skills for diagnosis and treatment of important cardiovascular conditions such as coronary artery disease including acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and valvular heart disease. The rotation is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of course objectives but includes the opportunity to participate in 1-3 outpatient clinics per week; 1-4 weeks of inpatient intensive care, telemetry, or cardiology consultation rounds; and ECG, stress testing, nuclear imaging, or echocardiographic reading sessions, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiologic procedures. The emphasis will be on improvement of the ability to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease on the basis of information obtained from a thorough history and physical examination that is integrated with data from appropriate highly targeted laboratory studies in a manner that optimizes patient outcome and minimizes risk and costs.
M25 Medicine 825 Cardiac Arrhythmias and Electrophysiology
This elective provides the student with exposure and teaching in the diagnosis and treatment of complex cardiac rhythm disturbances. Specifically, the student is expected to evaluate patients referred for evaluation and treatment of complex or life-threatening rhythm disturbances, unexplained syncope or sudden cardiac death. Rounds are made daily on hospitalized patients, and students are welcome to observe electrophysiology studies or implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators. This elective also provides an intensive opportunity to learn clinical electrocardiography and the systematic use of anti-arrhythmic drugs. Finally, since patients with chronic, complex rhythm disturbances frequently have organic heart disease, a broad-based exposure to general cardiology is also part of this elective.
M25 Medicine 827 Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation
This rotation is intended to provide trainees with a comprehensive experience managing patients with advanced heart failure. In addition to daily rounds, trainees are invited to attend both heart failure and transplant clinics. Further, the curriculum is supplemented by a comprehensive syllabus that contains the critical literature pertinent to this patient population. The trainees will also have experience with the evaluation of patients for operative heart failure therapies and will have the opportunity to observe these surgical procedures.
M25 Medicine 830 Dermatology
The aim of this elective is to provide a guide for students so they are able to appreciate dermatology within the broader perspectives of medicine and biology. Emphasis will be placed on the dermatologic variations encountered in a normal physical examination of the skin, the identification of common skin diseases, dermatologic clues to systemic disease, as well as those dermatologic conditions that are life-threatening. The student will participate in outpatient care in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and affiliated clinics. Students will attend all clinical teaching rounds and conferences in addition to the basic science and cutaneous histopathology conferences.
M25 Medicine 831 Pediatric Dermatology
This clinical rotation will be available to students interested in dermatology, pediatrics or both. Students will follow the dermatology rotation (M25 830) with an emphasis on pediatric dermatology by attending pediatric dermatology clinics, seeing consults, etc. Enthusiastic students will have an opportunity to write up a case report if they wish, but need to notify the instructor before the course.
M25 Medicine 834 Clinical Mentoring
This elective is designed to develop the teaching and mentoring skills of our fourth-year medical students through structured hospital sessions with first-year medical students. The primary format of the elective is observation of two first-year students during hospital sessions that span from September-April. During these hospital sessions the first-years perform the H&P, and the fourth-year mentors observe and offer constructive feedback. Each session will have an accompanying H&P written by the first-year student, which is to be thoroughly reviewed and critiqued by the fourth-year mentor. Additional practice sessions are optional and can be individually arranged between teams where the fourth-year mentor can assist the first-year student on personalized skills that are identified by their individualized learning goals. A small number (2-3/year) of in-person sessions will occur with clinical faculty instructors to review teaching methods, assist in giving feedback, and to help the fourth-year mentor to acquire skills necessary for supervision of medical students during internship/residency. The schedule is very flexible, and there are no active clinical responsibilities during December/January to allow time off for interviews.
M25 Medicine 836 Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
The GI Hepatology elective is integrated into a very active inpatient and endoscopy service at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Students will participate in the evaluation of inpatients with a spectrum of gut and liver disorders, will make patient rounds with the faculty and fellows, and have responsibility for patients on whom consultations have been requested. In addition, they will observe general endoscopic techniques and participate in GI conferences.
M25 Medicine 836A Treatment of Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
This elective will allow students to spend an intensive period of time learning about all aspects of the care of patients with IBD (surgical, endoscopic, and medical management). Although a predetermined schedule has been developed, it can be modified based on the student's interest. Alternative options include: inpatient IBD care (Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes West County); wound clinic / stoma care; specialized endoscopy (chromoendoscopy, ERCP); IBD / colorectal surgery; pathology.
M25 Medicine 838 Medicine Consult Service
The focus of the Medicine Consult Service elective is the evaluation and management of medically complex patients admitted to the hospital on non-medicine services. The issues involved with perioperative management are particularly stressed. The student will function as a member of the consult service team. Duties will include performing initial consultations and follow-up care under the supervision of a Hospital Medicine attending and a senior medical resident. Attendance at Department of Medicine and division conferences is encouraged.
M25 Medicine 842 Introduction To Wilderness Medicine
The purpose of this course is to introduce medical students to common medical problems both emergent and nonemergent seen in various wilderness settings. After taking this course the student should have a basic understanding of the pathophysiology and management of these problems in an environment with limited access to medical aid. The course will involve four days of four-hour lectures each week along with one 1-2 day required overnight camping trip. Requirements to pass this course include completing a presentation on a topic of their choosing that is approved by the course director as well as a skills and written test.
M25 Medicine 843 Medical Toxicology
This rotation offers practical experience in the evaluation and management of the acutely ill poisoned patient. Students will function as sub-interns and either report to the senior resident, fellow, or directly to the toxicology attending. Students will gain familiarity and experience evaluating and treating patients who have intentionally and unintentionally overdosed on medications or illicit drugs, been envenomated (such as by spiders, snakes, or other reptiles), or been exposed to toxic substances or chemicals. Students will also gain experience in administering antidotes and learning to properly decontaminate someone after an ingestion or exposure. There are no overnight or weekend shifts. Daily activities start in the morning and are generally concluded by the early afternoon. A core content of lectures will be provided. The students will also be assigned small projects during their rotation that will enhance their experience particularly in environmental and occupational toxicology. Opportunities to increase their experience with occupational toxicology also exist during this rotation; those with this interest can ask for further information during their rotation. Students will also have the opportunity to go to the Missouri Poison Center and evaluate patients in the outpatient toxicology clinic. Students desiring a letter of recommendation from one of the toxicology attendings (who are also Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine attendings) or interested in Emergency Medicine or Medical Toxicology should take this elective. Also, students considering other specialties such as Pediatrics or Internal Medicine should consider this rotation as they will be responsible for evaluating these patients as part of their inpatient or outpatient practice. Please be advised that there is a limit of days off while on this rotation during interview season; otherwise, students should arrange to take the elective at a different time during the year. Days off should be requested from the course coordinator at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the rotation for scheduling purposes. Students should receive a course guide just prior to their rotation. However if they do not, they can page the toxicology pager at 314-672-0284 to determine when and where to meet for rounds.
M25 Medicine 844 Hematology and Hemostasis
Activities include work-up of patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital under the supervision of the hematology fellow and faculty; attendance at daily clinical rounds for 1-1.5 hours per day. These are staffed by a senior faculty in the Division of Hematology. In addition to evaluation of patients with hematologic disorders, the student will gain additional analytic skills including: 1. Interpret and integrate laboratory data in the diagnosis of anemia and pancytopenia; 2. Review peripheral blood and bone marrow morphology; 3. Analyze laboratory data for the diagnosis of thrombophilia and bleeding; 4. Discern the principles of blood banking and pheresis. The students will have the opportunity to follow patients with sickle cell disease and understand the treatment of this disorder. The student is expected to attend and participate in the weekly hematology conference.
M25 Medicine 847 Bone and Mineral Diseases
The course is designed to acquaint the student with the clinical, radiological and pathological manifestations and treatment of disorders of bone and mineral metabolism, including osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, hyperparathyroidism, osteomalacia, and more rare disorders of bone development and homeostasis. The student will rotate through clinics of the Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases, and see patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children. Acquired and heritable bone diseases will be studied in the context of derangements of mineral homeostasis with emphasis on vitamin D and peptide hormone metabolism and skeletal formation and remodeling. The role of non-invasive methods for measuring bone mass in the diagnosis and management of skeletal diseases also will be stressed. Faculty and medical students will present interesting cases for discussion or the students can present a pertinent topic related to bone metabolism they have researched during their rotation.
M25 Medicine 853 Bone and Joint Infectious Disease Consult
Study of infectious diseases of the bones and joints, including infections in both native and prosthetic joints. The elective is designed to teach students the fundamentals of evaluating clinical orthopedic infections and formulating plans for workup and therapy. Students see consultations in infectious diseases in every part of Barnes-Jewish Hospital under the supervision of a faculty member who rounds with them every day. They work closely with the infectious diseases attending and nurse practitioner, follow their own patients and play an important role in their management. They are expected to read the literature about their patients and participate in clinical conferences. They attend teaching rounds and conferences and lectures in infectious diseases. They also learn appropriate use of antibiotics and antifungal agents. The role of surgical and medical management is discussed, and the students will interact with surgical staff in understanding the risks and outcomes of these common infections. Two weeks of General Inpatient Infectious Disease are a prerequisite to this course.
M25 Medicine 854 Transplant Infectious Disease
Study of infectious diseases in patients who have had bone marrow or solid organ transplants, or who have a hematologic malignancy. The elective is designed to teach students the fundamentals of evaluating clinical infections in these complex and interesting patients and formulating plans for workup and therapy. Students see consultations in every part of Barnes-Jewish Hospital under the supervision of a faculty member who rounds with them every day. They work closely with infectious disease fellows, follow their own patients and play an important role in their management. They are expected to read the literature about their patients and participate in clinical conferences. They attend teaching rounds and conferences and lectures in infectious diseases. They also learn appropriate use of antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral agents in this highly immune suppressed population. A wide distribution of infectious diseases is covered including management of neutropenic fever, invasive fungal infections in the transplant population, acute and chronic infections, infection prophylaxis and monitoring and interactions between immunosuppressive agents and antibiotics.
M25 Medicine 858 Ambulatory Infectious Disease
The elective is designed to teach students the fundamentals of evaluating clinical infections in the outpatient setting. Students see patients under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will participate in the care of HIV-infected or otherwise immunosuppressed patients as well as general infectious disease and travel patients. The clinic is the primary provider for HIV-infected patients, and students will learn the pathogenesis of HIV, become familiar with most antiretroviral medications, and have the opportunity to learn about opportunistic infections and their prophylaxis. They will also have the opportunity to see patients with bone and joint infections, endovascular infections, endemic and opportunistic mycoses, mycobacterial infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and many other infections. Patients seen will have a wide range of acute and chronic infections, and will include indigent and insured patients of both sexes and a wide range of ages. The students will play an important role in the management of these patients and will present their assessments and plans to the supervising attending. They are expected to write clinic notes, read the literature about their patients, and participate in clinical conferences.
M25 Medicine 859 General Inpatient Infectious Disease
Study of patients with infectious diseases, including inpatient care of HIV-infected patients and general infectious disease consults. The elective is designed to teach students the fundamentals of evaluating clinical problems in infection and formulating plans for workup and therapy. Students see consultations in infectious diseases in every part of Barnes-Jewish Hospital under the supervision of a faculty member who rounds with them every day. They work closely with medical residents and infectious disease fellows, follow their own patients and play an important role in their management. They are expected to read the literature about their patients and participate in clinical conferences. They attend teaching rounds and conferences and lectures in infectious diseases. They also learn appropriate use of antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral agents. A wide distribution of infectious diseases is covered including community-acquired acute and chronic infections, opportunistic infections in HIV-infected patients, hospital-acquired infections, and basic infection control practices. This is a four-week rotation. Two-week rotations are allowed, but must be done in conjunction with two weeks of Transplant Infectious Disease or Bone and Joint Infectious Disease.
M25 Medicine 861 Oncology - Inpatient Consult Service
Medical Oncology is a complex subspecialty that is undergoing a rapid evolution as a result of new systemic treatment approaches that stem from biological insights into the nature of cancer. During the course of the elective, medical students will be able to interact with attending physicians and patients for bed side teaching and attend tumor boards and lectures focused on the care of patients with solid tumors. At the end of the rotation, the students will appreciate the principles of our approach to cancer patients and should have gained insights into the evaluation and management of patients with newly diagnosed malignancies. The role of surgery, radiation, and systemic treatment will also be an important theme, as well as the conduct of clinical research in this patient population. Students will also learn to care for hospitalized patients suffering from complications from their cancer or from toxicities due to treatments. Oncologic emergencies will be covered. Issues such as palliative care treatment options and end-of-life decision making will be explored as well.
M25 Medicine 862 Honors Medicine - Oncology
The structure and functioning of the Honors Medicine-Oncology elective (sub-internship) is very similar to the general medicine sub-internship (M25 801). The basic purpose is to develop expertise in the care of hospitalized patients in a well-supervised teaching environment. The majority of patients admitted to the service will have an oncology diagnosis as the main reason for admission. Some general medical problems related to their cancer and their therapy will also be seen. All attendings on the service are oncology subspecialists. Sub-interns act as their patients' interns under the supervision of residents and attending physicians. Sub-interns have the same on-call and admitting schedules as the interns on their teams and are assigned up to two new patients on each admitting day. Sub-interns are not required to spend call nights in the hospital. Except in emergencies, sub-interns are the first individuals to evaluate patients admitted to medical service teams. A diagnostic and therapeutic approach to the patient is planned in consultation with the resident. Sub-interns assume primary responsibility for the daily care of their patients, under the supervision of resident and attending physicians. This includes evaluation on daily rounds, scheduling and obtaining results of diagnostic studies, planning therapy, making arrangements for care after discharge and communicating with patients and their families. Sub-interns attend the same conferences as the internal medicine house staff. There are also several conferences specific to the oncology service.
M25 Medicine 863 Emergency Ultrasound
This rotation will focus on ultrasound and all of its many applications and uses in the Emergency Department. Students will participate in the performance of bedside ultrasound of patients in the Emergency Department. Common applications of Emergency Ultrasound include the FAST exam, pelvic ultrasound, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), vascular access, renal, gallbladder, and DVT. In general, the student will be in the Emergency Department during weekdays to perform these exams. Students will be involved in direct patient care during this rotation. In addition, the student will meet with the elective instructor one to two times per week to review images and have direct hands-on instruction. At the end of the rotation, the student should have gained the knowledge of basic emergency ultrasound, including its indications and applications, as well as becoming more adept at the performance of ultrasound.
M25 Medicine 865 Intensive Care Medicine
This elective in intensive care is offered in the Intensive Care Unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, South Campus. This unit has 16 intensive care beds providing intensive nursing care and life-support technology. The patients represent a mixture of patients with primarily medical problems. Patient care responsibility includes night call. In addition to patient responsibility, there are regularly scheduled conferences and attending rounds.
M25 Medicine 867 Medical Intensive Care
This elective is offered as an opportunity to gain additional experience in acute, primary care medicine. The elective is an advanced course in patient care involving complex medical problems. Responsibilities involve working up new patients with the MICU team, case presentations and attendance at conferences. Conferences consist of attending rounds Monday through Saturday, radiology rounds Monday through Saturday, pulmonary conference and medical grand rounds on Thursday, and critical care conference once each month. Call schedule is every third night.
M25 Medicine 869 Palliative Medicine
The Palliative Medicine elective will focus on the care of patients with life-threatening or debilitating illness throughout the course of their care. Skills in symptom management, communication, and interdisciplinary team-based care will be the focus. Students will spend the majority of their time on the BJH Palliative Care Service. Based on the individual student's interest, there may also be opportunities to work with the BJC Hospice Team and the St. Louis Children's Hospital Palliative Care Service. While in the hospital, students will be responsible for seeing patients upon initial assessment as well as delivering follow-up care with the team. Patients will be seen for both end-of-life care as well as symptom management. Students will learn to assess and treat refractory symptoms and participate in complicated advanced care planning. Students will attend interdisciplinary team meetings, and may participate in conversations about goals of care and coping with bad news. They may also make home visits with hospice care providers, if desired. Emphasis will be placed on observing and understanding the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patients, as well as the impact of the burden on caregivers. In addition, students will be expected to lead biweekly presentations/group discussions on selected aspects of Palliative Medicine with the BJH Palliative Care team.
M25 Medicine 870 Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
In general, the four-week rotation will be divided into two weeks of general endocrinology and two weeks of diabetes. Students taking this elective will perform consultations with fellows and faculty on the inpatient services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and will also see patients with endocrine and metabolic diseases in the Outpatient Consultation. They will present these cases daily on teaching rounds. They will also participate in case conferences and seminars on a weekly basis. Extensive interaction with patients with diabetes and a diabetes education program are included, as is involvement with patients with thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, gonad, metabolic bone disease, and lipid disorders. Ample opportunities will be provided for discussions of patient problems with the members of the division. A variety of outpatient clinics are offered in the division, and interested students should speak with the fellows and faculty members to customize the learning experience to match their career goals. At the end of the rotation, it is expected that students will have the ability to initiate inpatient and outpatient management of diabetes including insulin dosing and glucose monitoring, as well as evaluate and treat of a variety of endocrine disorders including but not limited to thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal disease. Students will learn to perform effective inpatient and outpatient consultations.
M25 Medicine 871 Oncology - Outpatient
Students will gain experience in the initial treatment of newly-diagnosed malignancies and the outpatient management of oncology patients. Participation in multidisciplinary tumor conferences will stress a combined-modality approach to management, incorporating chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Students will see patients with a variety of malignancies, including lymphoma, myeloma, and tumors of the lung, breast, and colon. Management of hypercalcemia and other paraneoplastic syndromes, as well as cancer pain management, will be covered. Students will have the opportunity to see how most oncologists spend 90 percent of their workday. They will observe different styles that oncologists use when presenting news about prognosis, treatment options, and other information to patients while they also learn about the molecular basis for cancer, the mechanisms of action for our therapies (particularly the newer agents which target specific molecular abnormalities), and the key studies that justify the use of therapies (e.g., randomized studies showing that after surgery, chemotherapy will reduce the risk of recurrence from a particular cancer with a particular regimen). By spending time with clinicians, students will learn how to identify hereditary syndromes, use drugs for symptom relief, and also learn how radiographic and laboratory tests allow oncologists to care for patients.
M25 Medicine 877 Intensive ECG Interpretation
During this two-week elective, students will read 20-25 ECGs obtained from the Barnes-Jewish Cardiac Diagnostic Laboratory, with an overread by an experienced electrocardiographer. There will also be didactic sessions covering infarction, ventricular hypertrophy, heart block, arrhythmias, and aberrant conduction.
M25 Medicine 879 Pulmonary Clinic for the Underserved
Clinical setting: Outpatient clinic dedicated to providing pulmonary specialty care to patients who are predominantly uninsured or who rely upon public assistance such as Medicaid. Student role: Students independently interview and examine patients and present findings to the attending, tests and imaging are reviewed, and provider and attending develop plan. Common problems/diseases: Asthma, COPD, sarcoidosis, lung cancer, and obstructive sleep apnea are commonly seen. Also, patients are referred for evaluation of abnormal x-rays and for symptoms such as dyspnea. Primary learning objectives: to understand and practice important history and exam skills in pulmonary medicine: symptoms, smoking history, work and environmental exposures, and important pulmonary physical exam findings; to understand the basics of pulmonary function tests, chest imaging, and methods for tissue sampling; to understand the basis of treatment of common pulmonary disorders. Conferences: There is no conference associated with this clinic, but students may attend the usual Thursday morning Medicine Grand Rounds at 8:00 a.m. and the Pulmonary Grand Rounds at 11:00 a.m. if the subject matter is appropriate.
M25 Medicine 880 Pulmonary Medicine - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Students will acquire skills in the evaluation and management of patients with pulmonary diseases and in the interpretation of pulmonary function tests. They will gain experience in outpatient Lung Center and attend regular pulmonary and critical care medicine conferences.
M25 Medicine 884 Bone Marrow Transplantation and Stem Cell Biology
Intense four-week clinical rotation exposing interested fourth-year medical students to the clinical world of bone marrow transplantation and to the basic science of hematopoiesis, leukemia, and stem cell biology. Students will be primarily responsible for the care of autologous and allogeneic BMT recipients and those patients being treated for a variety of hematologic malignancies such as AML, ALL, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In addition they will be exposed to methods of stem cell harvest, cryopreservation and immunophenotyping. This rotation plans to provide motivated students with an ideal mix of clinical medicine and basic science.
M25 Medicine 887 Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine
Clinical cardiology with some internal medicine in a rural setting. Inpatient and outpatient care. Diagnostic testing. Device implants and follow-up care. Cardiac catheterization. Peripheral vascular angiography and intervention.
M25 Medicine 890 Clinical Nephrology
Students rotate through inpatient and outpatient experiences to gain exposure to all facets of nephrology. They will spend time the majority of their time on an inpatient consult service, gaining exposure to acute and chronic renal failure, glomerulonephritis, and electrolyte disorders. During this time, they will serve as a fully integrated member of the consult team, evaluating underlying causes of kidney disease, performing diagnostic procedures, formulating management plans, and engaging in decision-making discussions with primary services and families. In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience ICU nephrology, the transplant service, the various CKD clinics, and all modalities of dialysis, including in-center, home, and peritoneal dialysis.
M25 Medicine 890A Kidney Transplant
Students participating in this elective will: gain exposure to end-stage renal disease and the treatment options; examine kidney transplantation as the most valuable option; learn about immunosuppression; and gain exposure to infectious diseases like CMV, BK, and adeno virus that are commonly seen in patients that have had a kidney transplant (and not often seen otherwise).
M25 Medicine 893 Adult Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Students will participate in the outpatient Allergy Clinics located in Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine, Barnes-Jewish West County, and Center for Advanced Medicine South County. Students will participate in allergy skin testing, pulmonary function testing, and drug desensitization. They can attend allergy conferences on Thursday morning. Students have the option to follow a fellow and see inpatient consults at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
M25 Medicine 900 Research Elective - Internal Medicine
Research opportunities may be available. If interested, please contact the Department of Internal Medicine.