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The Advanced Clerkship in Medicine

The Clerkship in Medicine is a one-month rotation on the inpatient medicine service which provides medical students additional training and experience in managing complex medical issues.  Students often elect the Advanced Clerkship in Medicine to better prepare for an internship year in Medicine, to make a decision about internal medicine residency, or as a last opportunity to study Internal Medicine and the approach to care of the complex patient prior to residency training in another field.  In fact, the Department of Medicine encourages all students to take an Advanced Clerkship in Medicine (Sub-internship) prior to graduation, as it is an outstanding preparation for any post-graduate training.

The Department of Medicine is committed to providing students with opportunities beyond the Medicine Core Clerkship experience, and has structured the Advanced Clerkship in Medicine to approximate the role of the intern.  Typically two Advanced Clerkship students (sub-interns) will take the place of one Intern on a ward team, assuming almost all of the care responsibilities for a fewer number of patients, but engaged in similar activities of an Intern:  taking overnight call, admitting patients, entering orders, etc. 

Visiting Students:

Due to the complexity of Hospital Information Systems and the Credentialing process, visiting students will not be accepted into this elective.  Visiting students should contact Emma Ey,, regarding other offerings for sub-internships.

Rotation Confirmation:

Your assignment will be processed by the Course Director and posted on this website located under “Assignments.”  This serves as confirmation for your Medicine Elective Sub-Intern rotation.  Please refer to the “Assignments” page for more instructions for required paperwork.


If you have any questions that are not answered on this website, please contact:

Course Director:  April Fitzgerald (    

Course Co-Director:  Dr. Bimal Ashar (          

Medical Training Program Administrator:  Sherrie Lynne Fornoff (

Administrative Assistant for Dr. Bimal Ashar:   Janice Pohlner (



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