The Primary Care Clerkship is a general internist-run “New York Primary Care” experience during which all Weill Cornell Medicine students rotate and see patients with a diverse group of academic and voluntary faculty community-based internists, geriatricians, pediatricians, gynecologists, urgent care physicians, dermatologists, and surgical subspecialists. Students receive clinical mentorship and develop clinical skills in patient interviewing and motivational counseling, physical examination, patient presentations, and differential diagnosis; and their clinical evaluations focus on assessments of these skills. General internists in our division lead a didactic curriculum and run small tutor group sessions where students present cases to each other that fit primary care themes; these sessions utilize an innovative approach where students receive case presentations from their peers and have to each formulate their own assessments and care plans, leading to high level discussions of evaluation and management in the context of evidence-based medicine. This clerkship is offered every academic block of the year and includes three clinical tracks: the main Weill Cornell Medicine campus, the Cornell University-Ithaca campus, and as of this academic year, the NYP/Brooklyn Methodist campus. The clerkship is under the direction of Brian Eiss, M.D., Director and Melissa Rusli, M.D., Associate Director.
The Medicine Clerkship is an active learning experience in which students learn by engaging in the care of patients. The goals of the medicine clerkship are to disseminate the knowledge and foster the skills and professional attributes related to the practice of internal medicine. By the end of the course, the student should be able to perform a complete history and physical examination: write orders and notes; develop the problem list, differential diagnosis, diagnostic strategy, and management plan for common medical problems; and interact as a professional with the patient, family, and members of the medical team. The clerkship is an eight-week course taken starting in the second half of the second year of medical school. Students are assigned to inpatient medical services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, NYP/Queens, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Students in the Medicine Clerkship attend regular, small group tutorials and seminars, as well as teaching rounds, professor's rounds, grand rounds, and house staff teaching conferences. Under the direction of Ernie Esquivel, M.D., Aram Annie Kim, M.D., and Michael Torres, M.D., faculty in the Section of Hospital Medicine, the Medicine Clerkship leadership is committed to fostering the development of each medical student and ensuring that learners achieve their goals, while growing as physicians in a supportive learning environment.
The Internal Medicine Sub-Internship, led by Anthony Ogedegbe, M.D., is a 4 week major milestone in the undergraduate medical curriculum, when the medical student is entrusted with many roles and responsibilities of a first-year, internal medicine housestaff.
The AOC on Patient-Centered Care and Health Equity focuses on helping to prepare medical students to become future clinicians, researchers, educators, and advocates who wish to build careers in advancing patient-centered care and health equity across a variety of disciplines. How these activities can advance through influencing health policy is another important focus of this AOC. Students will identify a mentor to develop a unique scholarly project that will focus on improving health disparities through one of several potential frameworks and approaches including (although not limited to): 1) innovations in patient engagement, education, and communication, 2) health and human rights, 3) health care disparities research, and 4) health care policy and advocacy.
The Weill Cornell Community Clinic is a student-led initiative aimed at providing high-quality and equitable health care to uninsured individuals in New York City. Under the supervision of an attending physician, the clinic offers comprehensive primary healthcare services at low-or no cost to adults, including preventive care, treatment for acute and chronic conditions, and referrals to appropriate and affordable specialty services. WCCC aims to extend healthcare access to underprivileged populations while encouraging volunteerism and philanthropy, and welcomes all students to participate in the clinical, research, and organizational opportunities that are available.