School of Medicine

Core Clinical Course Descriptions


* Course credits pertain to 2019-2020 academic year.

Emergency Medicine: MCERM-MAIN

The Emergency Medicine course is a two-week rotation that is designed to give students exposure to the field of Emergency Medicine and the emergent approach and stabilization to the undifferentiated patient. This course will take place in the Ben Taub General Hospital Emergency Room, which sees approximately 100,000 patients a year and is also a Level 1 Trauma Center. As part of this rotation, students will learn the emergency medicine approach to common chief complaints. Commonly, the student will be the first provider to take a full history and physical from a patient and from this form a differential and a therapeutic plan to present to the senior resident and the attending. In addition, students will have the ability to perform common Emergency Medicine procedures: bag-valve mask ventilation, FAST ultrasound, laceration repairs, incision and drainage, splinting and IV insertion. Supplementing the clinical experience, the students will also have three hours of active learning didactics a week. The students will also attend the Emergency Medicine grand rounds.

Credits: 2.0
Course Director: Navdeep Sekhon, M.D.

Family and Community Medicine Clerkship: MCFAM-MAIN

The Family and Community Medicine Clerkship introduces students to the role and identity of the family physician in today’s healthcare system and demonstrates the family medicine approach to the comprehensive care of common health problems. Students will spend the majority of Clerkship time in the office of a family physician preceptor, where they will learn to conduct different types of ambulatory visits and to diagnose and manage common conditions seen by family physicians. Additional learning opportunities are provided through seminars and self-directed activities including videos, case studies, and recommended readings.

Credits: 4.0
Clerkship Director: William Huang, M.D.

Medicine Clerkship: MCMED-MAIN

Core Medicine is a clinical rotation designed to develop students' skills in the diagnosis and management of illness in adults. Each student will have a unique experience in medicine, but all students will rotate to the same core hospitals and undertake the same curriculum. Learning is often self-directed and based on the individual patients seen during the clinical experience. Students will learn a great deal about physical diagnosis, laboratory evaluation and differential diagnosis of important disorders. Students will also be expected to learn fundamental aspects of therapy that will help develop their competency in the assessment and treatment of common adult illnesses.

Credits: 8.0
Clerkship Director: Andrew Caruso, M.D.

Neurology Clerkship: MCNEU-MAIN

The required Clerkship in Neurology is a four-week rotation designed to apply the skills of localizing pathology within the neuraxis to evaluate and diagnose patients with neurological diseases and discuss management issues. Students will spend the majority of their time at one hospital in the inpatient services and have the opportunity to evaluate patients in the ambulatory setting as well. Students will learn through didactic lectures, team based learning sessions, supervised direct patient interaction, and clinical instruction.

Credits: 4.0
Clerkship Director: Doris Kung, D.O.

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) Clerkship: MCOBG-MAIN

The OB/GYN Clerkship is designed to provide medical students with the knowledge and skills necessary to compassionately care for women of all ages. The student will be exposed to the breadth of obstetrics and gynecology, while focusing on skills unique to the field including pelvic examinations, vaginal delivery techniques, and exposure to the surgical environment. The clerkship goal is for the student to develop core clinical knowledge essential for providing comprehensive care and advocacy for all aspects of women’s health.

Credits for Graduating Class of 2020 and 2021: 8.0 credits
Credits for Graduating Class of 2022 and beyond: 6.0 credits
Clerkship Director: Jocelyn Greely, M.D.

Pediatrics Clerkship: MCPED-MAIN

The Pediatric Clerkship is designed to provide students with high-quality, effective clinical experiences in which students can develop a basic knowledge of growth and development (physical, physiologic and psychosocial) and of its clinical application from birth through adolescence.

By rotating in both inpatient and outpatient settings, students will develop strategies for pediatric health promotion, develop pediatric-specific clinical examination and problem-solving skills, acquire an understanding of the approach of pediatricians to the health care of children, and acquire the knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and management of common pediatric acute and chronic illnesses.

Credits for Graduating Class of 2020 and 2021: 8.0 credits
Credits for Graduating Class of 2022 and beyond: 6.0 credits
Clerkship Director: Sanghamitra Misra, M.D.

Psychiatry Clerkship: MCPSY-MAIN

The Psychiatry Clerkship strives to educate students in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness as well as the spectrum of normal and abnormal behavior through the lifespan. Students will be given an appreciation of mental health and mental illness in all areas of healthcare, and we hope that students will strive to be a psychologically informed physician. Students will learn in various settings on the rotation including direct patient care, didactic lectures, syllabus material, clinical teaching on rounds, observation of patient interviews by other clinicians, and required text readings.

Credits for Graduating Class of 2020 and 2021: 8.0 credits
Credits for Graduating Class of 2022 and beyond: 4.0 credits
Clerkship Director: Jin Y. Han, M.D.

Surgery Clerkship: MCSUR-MAIN

The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery welcomes students to their core clerkship. The mission of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery is to inspire the next generation of surgeons by providing medical students with a balanced surgical experience that will meet core surgical competencies in both knowledge and skills. As a member of a surgical team, students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of perioperative management of surgical patients in various hospital settings. Students will learn the presenting signs, diagnosis and treatment of common surgical diseases. During this clerkship, students will rotate on a general surgery service, surgery subspecialty service, and in an ICU. The didactic schedule includes lectures from the Department of Surgery’s faculty leadership, online modules, small group teaching sessions, and a skills labs.

Credits for Graduating Class of 2020 and 2021: 8.0 credits
Credits for Graduating Class of 2022 and beyond: 6.0 credits
Clerkship Director: Stephanie Gordy, M.D., FACS


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