IU School of Medicine



This course is designed to give 4th year students a unique experience in the practice of adult Hospitalist Medicine at a community hospital. Attendings are drawn from the hospitalist group at Ball Memorial Hospital In Muncie. Students will work one-on-one with a member of the group and will learn to evaluate patients efficiently and formulate an appropriate evidence-based treatment plan for a broad range of medical problems. Students will expand their communication skills by interacting with patients and their families, consulting appropriate sub-specialty services, and by participating in multi-professional rounding with pharmacists, case managers, dieticians, and therapists. Participation in weekly teaching conferences, such as Chest Conference, Tumor Board, and Hospitalist Case Presentation, and attendance at grand rounds will be expected. Students will work Monday through Friday, with the option to work with a nocturnist on Friday evening shifts. During this night time rotation, the student's responsibilities include new admissions and communicating effectively with family and medical staff nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and consulting physicians. At the completion of the rotation, students will have developed the necessary skills to effectively manage a variety of medical conditions encountered in hospitalized adult patients.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org)

Director: Christopher Gamble, M.D.

Campus: Muncie

Location: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Appropriately diagnose and manage commonly encountered diseases in adult inpatient medicine (PC2)
  • 2) Properly consult sub-specialty services (ISC1)
  • 3) Develop a treatment plan and utilize proper documentation (PC3)
  • 4) Effectively communicate with patients and their families as well as other physicians (ISC1)
  • 5) Develop and utilize an individual patient management style supported by best evidence for patient care (PC3)
  • 6) Display a strong appreciation and understanding of a 'system based' medical management environment (SBP1)
  • 7) Display sensitivity, care, and respect to patients, families, and colleagues in the hospital setting (ISC2)
  • 8) Develop skills in the evaluation and management of common inpatient diagnoses such as heart failure, COPD, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, etc. (PC2)
  • 9) Develop differential diagnoses for common presentations such as fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain (PC2)
  • 10) Participate in inter-disciplinary rounding and develop presentation and communication skills required for team based, collaborative care (ISC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; Case Presentations and Participation (Tumor Board & Chest Conferece) Will be assessed by course director and attending hospitalist physicians)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Research; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org) Every effort will be made to provide housing; arrangements will be made prior to arrival.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Inter-disciplinary rounding with pharmacists, nurses, and care managers.

Service Learning Included: None