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Consulting Service in Medicine

LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: General Internal Medicine Faculty
DURATION: 2 weeks minimum
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


  1. To gain appreciation of the role of the internist as a consultant.
  2. To become familiar with pre-operative evaluations.
  3. To perform focused medical assessments and manage medical problems in patients who are on services other than internal medicine.
  4. To be better prepared for the role of consultant resident.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

The student will be part of a consultation team and will evaluate requests for general internal medicine consults with the resident. Cases will be discussed with an attending physician. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating patient's complaints using history and physical examination. The indications for diagnostic tests will be discussed. The student will also learn important criteria in the preoperative evaluation of patients and medical preparation for surgery. There will be an opportunity to follow patients perioperatively. Valuable experience will be gained by dealing with the postoperative care of complicated patients. A cost-effective, evidence-based approach to perioperative issues will be emphasized.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Daily observation.

Pre-Rotation Instructions