Duration: 4 weeks
General Internal Medicine Inpatient Elective
The General Internal Medicine Inpatient Elective is designed to provide students with exposure to the highest quality inpatient internal medicine patient care services in a state-of-the-art medical facility with the most modern diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of care. This elective will allow students to see a wide variety of medical conditions in a diverse patient population in New Orleans.
The elective is based at the main Ochsner Campus on Jefferson Highway. Students will be part of an internal medicine team that includes two third-year medical students, two first-year residents, a second- or third-year resident, a PharmD, and an attending physician. The attendings are Internal Medicine Hospitalists who specialize in inpatient care and who practice and teach effective, efficient, and cost-conscious treatment of hospitalized patients.
The Ochsner Medical Center is both a community medical center for the New Orleans area as well as a tertiary care referral center for patients from the Southeastern United States and Central and South America. Students will therefore admit and follow patients with a wide variety of medical problems ranging from primary through tertiary levels of medical care. Many patients are transferred to OMC for evaluation of renal transplants, liver transplants, advanced endoscopic procedures, and specialized heart failure treatment.
Students will also attend daily noon conference and afternoon report. They will participate in extensive formal patient teaching rounds, during which the team will review in depth the pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, physical examination findings, guideline-directed treatment, and cost-effective practice of medicine. Students will also gain an awareness of the knowledge, communication skills, values, attitudes, and professional responsibilities required to be a successful Internist.