Drexel University

Medicine Pathway

Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.

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PATHWAY 2018-2019: Please review the "Introducation to the Medicine Pathway" video by Dr. Fitzpatrick. After you view the video, email Kate Lewyckyj ( kl35@drexel.edu ) to schedule the initial advising appointment. Please do not email the physicians directly.


Introduction

The Department of Medicine offers a Discipline-based Pathway for senior students. The pathway is designed to assist students who are considering a career in general Internal Medicine or one of its many subspecialties. The Pathway will allow students to explore a vast array of choices within the field of Internal Medicine. Students will learn about the field through inpatient, outpatient and critical care experiences.

Medicine Pathway Video VIEW THIS VIDEO ABOUT
THE MEDICINE PATHWAY

by Dr. Fitzpatrick
(posted 1/5/2018)

 

Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director and Site Coordinator:
Drexel University College of Medicine
Janet Fitzpatrick, M.D.
Hahnemann University Hospital
245 N. 15th Street, Mail Stop 427
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 762-7296 Phone
(215) 762-7814 Fax
jhf32@drexel.edu

Coordinator: Kate Lewyckyj
(215) 762-7296 Phone
(215) 762-7814 Fax
kl35@drexel.edu

Associate Pathway Directors, Site Coordinators and Teaching Sites:

Site

Associate Director

Site Coordinator

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Renee E. Amori, M.D., FACE
Drexel University College of Medicine
245 N. 15th Street, Mail Stop 1037
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 762-7296 Phone
rea23@drexel.edu

Kate Lewyckyj
(215) 762-7296 Phone
(215) 762-7814 Fax
kl35@drexel.edu

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Aruni Jayatilleke, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine
245 N. 15th Street, Mail Stop 426
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 762-7296 Phone
aj475@drexel.edu

Kate Lewyckyj
(215) 762-7296 Phone
(215) 762-7814 Fax
kl35@drexel.edu

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Goals and Objectives

The major goal of the Department of Medicine's Senior Year Discipline-based Pathway is to assist students in structuring their senior year to prepare them for residency training in internal medicine. The pathway includes rotations in the ambulatory setting, as well as in inpatient and critical care areas. Students also are guided to selection of electives in various medicine and non-medicine disciplines, and should use these menus to increase their knowledge bases in areas where they feel deficient and broaden their exposure to areas that complement the practice of internal medicine.

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Description of Pathway

Click here for a summary table of the Medicine Pathway.

Subinternship in Medicine
See the description of the Subinternship in Medicine included in the required coursework for all pathways.

Neurology Course
See the description of the Neurology Course included in the required coursework for all pathways.

Subinternship in MICU, CCU or Emergency Medicine
Students will choose a second subinternship in either the Medical Intensive Care Unit, the Cardiac Care Unit or the Emergency Department (subinternship #8504 or elective #8124 or 8134). This will enable students to gain experience with more critically ill medical patients. While an Emergency Medicine is sufficient to meet the requirements of the Pathway, the more intense experience with critically ill patients in an Intensive Care Unit, where students will learn the details of things like ventilator and pressor management in depth, will likely be better preparation and enhance confidence prior to beginning as an Internal Medicine Intern.

Electives - Recommended
It is recommended that students take two or three medicine electives and at least one non-medicine elective, however variations are acceptable.  Of note, students are only permitted to take a maximum of 24 weeks in medicine, including the medicine subinternships.

Department of Medicine Electives
It is recommended that the student choose two or three Elective Courses from the standard list of Medicine electives. These subspecialty experiences may be from the DUCOM "home" clinical sites or an "away" clinical site of an LCME-approved medical school or ACGME-approved residency affiliated program. These experiences will broaden students’ exposure to ambulatory and subspecialty medicine in consultative care and/or primary care settings. Two Medicine Subspecialty rotations are strongly recommended for students in the Medicine Pathway.  Some Medicine subspecialties offer two week rotations.  Students may opt for these two-week rotations if they would like a broader range of subspecialty exposure.

Department Of Medicine - Medicine Subspecialty Electives
It is recommended that the student choose two Elective Courses from the standard list of Medicine subspecialties. These subspecialty experiences may be from the DUCOM "home" clinical sites or an "away" clinical site of an LCME-approved medical school or ACGME-approved residency affiliated program. These experiences will broaden students’ exposure to subspecialty medicine in consultative care and/or primary care settings. Two Medicine Subspecialty rotations are strongly recommended for students in the Medicine Pathway.

Department of Medicine Subspecialty Menu

Non-Medicine Elective
The student will benefit from experience in non-medicine disciplines. This can be done at either a "home" or "away" site.  These rotations can broaden the student’s educational experience to complement the Medicine discipline experience.  These can be chosen by the pathway student depending on interest.

Some Suggested Non-Medicine Electives

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

The standard textbooks of Medicine are recommended as references including: Harrison's and Cecil Textbooks of Medicine. The Washington Manual is recommended as a quick reference while working on the wards.

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Evaluation

The student's clinical performance while on elective course assignments will be evaluated by both the supervising attending physician, and resident when appropriate, using the standard DUCOM clinical evaluation form. Students not receiving a grade of satisfactory or higher will be counseled and provided with remediation.

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The provisions of The Student Handbook of Drexel University College of Medicine are not to be regarded as a contract between any student and the College of Medicine. The College of Medicine may, at any time, change any provisions, curriculum requirements, teaching facilities, affiliated teaching sites and/or their amenities, bylaws, rules, regulations and policies as may be necessary in the interest of the University, College of Medicine, and its students.
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Revised 01/3/2018; rev 10/5/2018-- Specific questions or comments about the content of this page may be directed to the Division of Clinical Education