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MED 30000 Internal Medicine Clerkship (Chattanooga)

This is a face to face clinical rotation receiving 12 credit hours. This 8 week Internal Medicine clerkship is required of all medical students. It consists of 6 weeks of inpatient experience and a 2-week ambulatory component.

The student is an integral member of the team which may include an attending, residents and other students. Students will be exposed to a variety of medical conditions and care for internal medicine patients in the inpatient and outpatient realms. Goals include improving history and physical exam skills, written and oral case presentations, increasing fund of knowledge, clinical judgment and integration into the team and beginning patient care with improving differential diagnosis and management skills. There is a core conference series, covering important medicine topics. An observed H and P in an OSCE setting is done, and an NBME medicine shelf exam is required at the end of the rotation. The 3rd year clerk is an active participant on the team and in patient care and is encouraged to take as much responsibility for both patient care and their own learning as they are able. The goals and objectives for the Internal Medicine Clerkship are similar across all UT sites (Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville).

Memphis -- each student is assigned to 2 hospitals which can include Methodist University, Baptist-East, Regional One Health, or the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Chattanooga -- students are assigned to Erlanger Health System, specifically to the Erlanger Baroness Campus in Downtown Chattanooga.

Knoxville -- students are assigned to the UT Medical Center.

Nashville -- students are assigned to St Thomas Midtown.

Details about the Chattanooga Medicine Clerkship --

Medicine Clerkship Director:  Patrick Koo, MD (Chattanooga) --

Administrative Assistant/Medicine Clerkship and Courses Contact: Joyce Poke (Chattanooga) --, 423.778.6670

Location: Erlanger Health System

Orientation Location: Department of Internal Medicine, 2nd Floor, Whitehall Bldg., 960 East 3rd Street

Size: 6

Length: 8 weeks

Overnight call: none

Weekend work: yes, depending on on-call schedule

Deadline for cancellation: Thirty (30) days before start of rotation


    • Half Block: Not Negotiable
    • Time off for interviews: negotiable 30 days before start of clerkship
    • Off cycle start and stop: not negotiable]

Deadline for Cancellation: Thirty (30) days prior to the start of clerkship

Blocks offered: all blocks

Prerequisites: Completion of M1 and M2 years and having taken USMLE Step 1

Pre-reading: any Medicine text

This is a face to face clinical rotation offered in the fall and spring and receiving 12 credit hours.

Link to the main Internal Medicine Clerkship page for the UTHSC College of Medicine in Memphis.


Oct 23, 2023