2017 — 2018 IU School of Medicine Student Career Electives

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  • Campus: Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie, Northwest, South Bend, or Terre Haute
  • Elective Type Category: Clinical Practice, Advanced Science, Professional Development, Career Exploration or Special Elective

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  • 93CE500 - CAREER EXPLORATION IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

    Description:
    This two-week elective is designed to give third year medical students exposure to the practice of emergency medicine. The student will be in direct contact with emergency medicine faculty and residents to gain exposure to the common pathologies, procedures, interdisciplinary interactions, and professional lifestyles commonly experienced in the specialty.

    Course Director: Nash Whitaker, M.D.

    Campus: Indianapolis

    Location: All affiliated emergency departments in the academic health center

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    Primary Contact for Adds/Drops:
    James Graber (jamgrabe@iu.edu)

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1) Observe emergency medicine physicians and residents in order to develop a basic understanding of their role in the healthcare system (P2)
    • 2) Reflect on the professional requirements of an emergency physician and compare those with your interests, career goals, and lifestyle needs (PBLI1)
    • 3) Gain exposure to the diverse patient population and broad scope of practice that encompasses emergency medicine (PC2)
    • 4) Develop an understanding of the strengths and limitations of the profession of emergency medicine (PBLI1)

    Assessment

    • Students will be assessed by the preceptors and the evaluation compiled by the course director. The student will be graded Pass/Fail by their attendance with consideration of their professionalism and engagement in the experience. A reflection piece will be submitted to their Lead Advisor for review as the student considers their future career path. Confirmation of the completion of the reflection piece will be provided to the Course Director with the REFLECTION EVALUATION attached, however the content will not be shared.

    Notes and Enrollment Information:
    One student per two weeks at each affiliated emergency department in the academic health center.

    Number of weeks a student must contact faculty prior to beginning elective: 2

    Availability with Max Students: 1 per 2Wks

    Prerequisites: Third Year status

    Elective Type Category: Career Exploration

    Duty Hours: 45-50 Hrs/Wk/week

    Tags: Emergency Medicine; Career Exploration

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  • 93CE502 - CAREER EXPLORATION IN INTERNAL MEDICINE AND SUBSPECIALTIES

    Description:
    This is a 2-week Career exploration elective designed to give the student exposure to the a specific sub-specialty within the discipline of Internal Medicine. Students will elect the Internal Medicine Sub-specialty of their choice including General Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology, Hematology/Oncology, Palliative Care Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, and Geriatrics. Time will be allocated depending on the specialty chosen. For example, Endocrinology will involve mostly outpatient clinic time with some inpatient time. Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine would involve time in the ICU, Pulmonary clinic, the bronchoscopy suite, and pulmonary function test reading. Thus, the 2-week elective would be structured to fit the sub-specialty.

    Course Director: Joseph P. Smith, M.D.

    Campus: Indianapolis

    Location: Multiple sites statewide

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    Primary Contact for Adds/Drops:
    Cassandra Laughlin (casslaug@iu.edu)

    Other Faculty: Faculty will be determined based on the sub-specialty chosen and faculty availability. The Chair of the Division will be used as a resource to identify appropriate faculty. For center sites, the site coordinators and physician service line leaders will be used as resources to identify appropriate faculty.

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1) Compare the professional attributes of an Internal Medicine sub-specialist with your career goals. Consider aspects of patient care, procedural aspects, and hours. Also consider intellectual, physical, and lifestyle demands (PBLI1)
    • 2) Contrast the role of the Internist or Internal Medicine sub-specialist with other specialties(PBLI1)

    Assessment

    • Students will be assessed by the preceptors and the evaluation compiled by the course director. The student will be graded Pass/Fail by their attendance with consideration of their professionalism and engagement in the experience. A reflection piece will be submitted to their Lead Advisor for review as the student considers their future career path. Confirmation of the completion of the reflection piece will be provided to the Course Director with the REFLECTION EVALUATION attached, however the content will not be shared. (CEE Rubric)

    Notes and Enrollment Information:
    This course is open to all 3rd year medical students at all campuses. Housing and transportation is not provided. Students must email Cassandra Laughlin at casslaug@iu.edu at least 8 weeks prior to the 2-week elective.

    Number of weeks a student must contact faculty prior to beginning elective: 8

    Availability with Max Students: 3/month

    Prerequisites: Third Year status

    Elective Type Category: Career Exploration

    Duty Hours: Will follow IUSM Work Hours Policy/week

    Tags: Medicine; Career Exploration

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  • 93CE501 - CAREER EXPLORATION IN GENERAL SURGERY

    Description:
    This is a 2-week Career exploration elective designed to give the student exposure to the discipline of General Surgery. The student's time will be divided among the surgical faculty to observe general surgery including breast, colo-rectal, endocrine, and forgut surgery. Time will be allocated for experiences in the clinics on the wards, and in the operating room with direct faculty contact and resident team experience.

    Course Director: Hadley E. Ritter, M.D., FACS

    Campus: Indianapolis

    Location: IU Health North

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    Primary Contact for Adds/Drops:
    Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu)

    Other Faculty: Jennifer Choi MD, Bruce Robb MD, Don Selzer MD, Kandi Ludwig MD, Ambar Banerjee MD, Demetrios Stefinidis MD, Annabelle Butler MD.

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1) Compare the professional attributes of a surgeon with your career goals including intellectual, physical, and lifestyle demands (PBLI1)
    • 2) Contrast the role of the surgeon with other specialties (PBLI1)
    • 3) Develop a basic understanding of the surgical care of the patient in a pre-op evaluation, during an operation, and through the post-op care (PC3)

    Assessment

    • Students will be assessed by the preceptors and the evaluation compiled by the course director. The student will be graded Pass/Fail by their attendance with consideration of their professionalism and engagement in the experience. A reflection piece will be submitted to their Lead Advisor for review as the student considers their future career path. Confirmation of the completion of the reflection piece will be provided to the Course Director with the REFLECTION EVALUATION attached, however the content will not be shared.

    Notes and Enrollment Information:
    This course is open to all students at all campuses however housing is not provided.

    Number of weeks a student must contact faculty prior to beginning elective: 4

    Availability with Max Students: 1 per 2Wks

    Prerequisites: Third Year status

    Elective Type Category: Career Exploration

    Duty Hours: 50-60 hours per week/week

    Residents are involved in the teaching of this course.

    Tags: Surgery; Career Exploration

  • 93CE503 - CAREER EXPLORATION IN PEDIATRIC SURGERY

    Description:
    This 2-week course intends to provide a broad experience of surgical practice regarding common pediatric surgery conditions at Riley Hospital for Children. The focus of the elective will be the outpatient patient evaluation and management for routine and complex pediatric surgery conditions. Opportunities for operative care and participation in the operating room will be utilized for exposure to routine pediatric surgery conditions and for participant's personal interest in exposure to surgical interventions in pediatric surgery care. Inpatient experiences will be offered through participation in attending rounds.

    Course Director: Alan Ladd, M.D.

    Campus: Indianapolis

    Location: Riley Hospital

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    Primary Contact for Adds/Drops:
    Dr. Alan Ladd (aladd@iupui.edu); cc Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu)

    Other Faculty: Matt Landman, Brian Gray, Cartland Burns, Thomas Rouse, Fred Rescorla, Deborah Billmire

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1) Recognize common conditions in pediatrics that require pediatric surgery referral and the appropriate timing for referral and intervention (MK3)
    • 2) Develop surgical care plans for common outpatient surgical conditions in pediatric surgery (PC3)
    • 3) Understand the basic surgical care tenets in the treatment of common conditions in pediatrics that require surgical care MK4)
    • 4) Appreciate the interaction of the pediatric surgeon with primary care providers and resources offered in pediatric surgical care (SBP5)

    Assessment

    • Students will be assessed by the preceptors and the evaluation compiled by the course director. The student will be graded Pass/Fail by their attendance with consideration of their professionalism and engagement in the experience. A reflection piece will be submitted to their Lead Advisor for review as the student considers their future career path. Confirmation of the completion of the reflection piece will be provided to the Course Director with the REFLECTION EVALUATION attached, however the content will not be shared.

    Notes and Enrollment Information:
    Common pediatric Surgery Conditions log for experiential exposure: inguinal hernia; umbilical hernia; soft tissue mass; pectus anomalies; soft tissue abscess.

    Number of weeks a student must contact faculty prior to beginning elective: 2

    Availability with Max Students: 2 per 2Wks

    Prerequisites: Third Year status

    Elective Type Category: Career Exploration

    Duty Hours: At least 40 hours per week including self-directed learning time./week

    Tags: Surgery; Career Exploration

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  • 93CE504 - CAREER EXPLORATION IN RENAL SURGERY: THE FUNDAMENTALS

    Description:
    This two weeks elective will provide exposure to renal surgery and will be suitable for students interested in considering urology, surgery or nephrology as a career. There will be one on one interaction with the course director and the fellow. However, other urology faculty and residents in the University Hospital will be involved as required to provide the best experience for the student. The student will observe or assist in the operating rooms during laparoscopic, robotic and open renal and adrenal surgery. Renal pathologies/ conditions treated will include cancer, obstruction, kidney donation, and stones. The student will be involved once a week during outpatient clinic. The student will also observe renal transplant surgery on one of the days. Will attend the weekly two hour urology department teaching / didactic sessions. Experience with oncology(renal cancer) or nephrology can be arranged based on student interest.

    Course Director: Chandru P. Sundaram, M.D., FACS

    Campus: Indianapolis

    Location: Indianapolis

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    Primary Contact for Adds/Drops:
    Dr. Sundaram (sundaram@iupui.edu)

    Learning Objectives:

    • 1) Describe the fundamentals of stage specific treatment modalities for kidney cancer (MK3)
    • 2) Understand the principles of evaluation and w/u of a patient with localized kidney cancer (PC3)
    • 3) Describe renal and ureteral anatomy, including renal vascular anatomy(MK1)
    • 4) Understand the indications for laparoscopic, robotic and open approaches to renal surgery (MK4)
    • 5) List the surgical steps involved during nephrectomy (PC5)

    Assessment

    • Students will be assessed by the preceptors and the evaluation compiled by the course director. The student will be graded Pass/Fail by their attendance with consideration of their professionalism and engagement in the experience. A reflection piece will be submitted to their Lead Advisor for review as the student considers their future career path. Confirmation of the completion of the reflection piece will be provided to the Course Director with the REFLECTION EVALUATION attached, however the content will not be shared.

    Number of weeks a student must contact faculty prior to beginning elective: 2

    Availability with Max Students: 2 per 2Wks

    Prerequisites: Third Year status

    Elective Type Category: Career Exploration

    Duty Hours: About 40 hours per week/week

    Tags: Urology; Career Exploration