Medical Student Education

Important Dates


Educational Objectives


Educational Support

This page is maintained by the Office of Medical Education. You may contact the OME by email ( or phone (504) 988-6600.



Course Overview

Welcome to the Internal Medicine Clerkship! Be prepared to learn more about being a physician than at any other time during medical school. The next eight weeks will be both physically and mentally challenging, but you will reap the rewards of your hard work with vast gains of insight and knowledge. You will witness amazing pathology and help treat the most complicated and challenging patients. You will be at the bedside everyday examining, listening to, and healing patients. You will work with us do great things for the people of New Orleans. You will learn from Tulane's best residents and teaching faculty. You will learn how to think like a physician and solve medical mysteries. More than ever, you will come to understand the sick condition and the limits of healthcare. You will understand the true value of caring for your patients, even when there is no treatment to make them better. There will be long days and long nights, but you will discover stamina you never thought you had. Make the most of these next eight weeks and immerse yourself fully into the world of Internal Medicine and our patients. I assure you that you will get back your investment of time and energy tenfold. We are grateful to have you help us in our mission to serve the people of this great city. Get ready for an intense, but meaningful experience. I look forward to meeting you on the first day of the block!


Chad S. Miller, M.D.
Director, Student Programs

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Course Website ( IMed Section)

Course Goals and Objectives

  • Take an accurate history, perform a thorough physical exam, interpret laboratory data, and generate an appropriate differential diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Organize notes, patient information, and data so that all are easy interpret and access.
  • Communicate patient findings through daily progress notes and oral presentations.
  • Interact in a respectful manner with colleagues, nurses, and hospital support staff.
  • Acknowledge errors, flaws in reasoning, and take the appropriate action to remedy the problems. 6. Demonstrate the ability to read and learn on your own.
  • Accept constructive criticism. 8. Be an active and integral member of a team.
  • Keep the patient as a priority and respect his or her autonomy.
  • Behave in a professional manner at all times.
  • Acquire a breadth of knowledge relevant to Internal Medicine that is appropriate for a third year medical student.

Tulane SOM Learning Objectives


The Internal Medicine Clerkship is designed to give the students experience diagnosing, treating, and caring for adult hospitalized patients. All students are placed on an inpatient general internal medicine team that includes residents and faculty. Student are expected to be active members of the team and contribute to patient care every day. Students are exposed to a variety of internal medicine patients, with no particular subspecialty emphasized over another. Students are expected to see patients everyday, write progress notes on each patient, present his or her patients on rounds, engage in active discussion regarding diagnosis and management with the team, and participate in the administrative duties necessary for patient care. The greatest emphasis is placed upon meeting the needs of the patient. Particular emphasis is placed on the physical exam, proper patient documentation, oral presentations, clinical reasoning, and professionalism. All students complete the clerkship with a fundamental understanding of the role of the Internist and the diseases that he or she treats.

Contact Information

Course Director: Chad S. Miller, MD
Office Address: 1555 Poydras, Room 867
Office Phone: (504) 988 -7814
Cell: (504) 231-5954
Office Fax:

Program Coordinator: Leigh-Ann Sallis
Internal Medicine Student Programs
Office Address: 1555 Poydras, Room 871
Office Phone: (504) 988 -7892
Office Fax:504-988-3971

Mailing Address:
1430 Tulane Ave. SL-50
New Orleans, LA 70112

Department website

Please go to the course webpage: the IMED section of the course website ( for key documents for course preparation and guides.

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5251