Internal Medicine Clerkship


Clerkship Director

Nersi Nikakthar

Nersi Nikakhtar, MD

Subinternship Director

Ron Reilkoff, MD

Medicine Externship I

The MED 7500 (Medicine Externship I, or "Med I") is the core clinical clerkship that provides the critical foundations for not only adult inpatient medicine but also for the care of the acutely ill patient. Students will be part of inpatient care teams that will include interns, residents, and faculty.

Students will learn through case discussions and presentations, didactics, independent study, and in the daily care of their patients. Students are expected to care for their patients as their primary point of contact, to begin to assume the responsibility for caring for, and coordinating care for, their patients.

In addition, students on MED 7500 are expected to develop the basic skills of patient care in an academic environment. These skills include working across disciplines and professions on a health care team, effectively documenting and relaying patient care information between other care providers, and learning how to gather information to create a well-formulated assessment and plan. The skills learned on MED 7500 provide the foundation for patient care that students will use across disciplines for the remainder of medical school, into residency, and beyond.

Further information for currently enrolled students can be found on the Black Bag site.

Elective Courses

For a detailed description of Internal Medicine Electives offered, please visit the Medical School information page


The MED 7900 Subinternship in Critical Care is an innovative, unique educational experience that focuses on develop of knowledge and skills in caring for acutely ill patients that builds upon the skills gained in MED 7500. The goal in MED 7900: Sub-Internship in Critical Care is to prepare medical students for internship and residency, through a clinically-focused experience focusing on higher acuity patients (ICU, IMC), clinical care, and emphasizing tasks necessary for internship. Students on this rotation care for patients on General Medicine services and in the Medical, Surgical, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Subinterns on this rotation will have primary responsibility for the care of acutely, and often critically, ill patients in the hospital setting. Students will also work to develop skills in practicing safe handoffs, cross-covering patients, and participating in family meetings.

For Educators

Medical student evaluators may complete student evaluations using the E*Value site.

Faculty and residents will also find the following resources helpful: