Medicine

Updated on July 5, 2023. 

MED*801. Internal Medicine Clerkship. On the Internal Medicine core clerkship, third-year medical students care for hospitalized adult patients with a variety of diagnoses and clinical problems. Through experiential learning by working with residents and attending physicians on the General Internal Medicine inpatient ward services at the Medical University Hospital (MUH), Ashley River Tower (ART) and the Veterans Hospital (VA), students will develop the knowledge and skills to actively care for hospitalized adult patients. In addition, students will complete an ambulatory component during the Internal Medicine Clerkship to develop skills necessary to provide ambulatory primary care services. Students are expected to take responsibility for actively caring for patients, including interviewing, examining, and communicating with patients, as well as presenting and documenting patients' clinical courses. Performing, documenting and verbally presenting histories and physical examinations of patients in emphasized throughout the clerkship. In addition, students are expected to develop differential diagnoses, assessments and treatment plans that demonstrate understanding patients' illness and the impact of illness on the patient and family. Students' clinical experiences are supplemented by didactics, conferences, and small group interactive discussions. Prerequisite: successful completion of preclerkship curriculum and a passing score on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam. 10 s.h.

MED*801K. Intro to Inpt Diabetes Mgmt. This 1-week rotation will introduce students to various forms of diabetes in inpatient settings. Students will learn to take a diabetes-focused history and do appropriate physical exams. Furthermore, students will learn the importance of appropriate glycemic control and will be able to understand the pharmacology of antidiabetic medications and insulin. 1 s.h.

MED*802K. Intro to Outpt Nephrology. This 1-week rotation will introduce students to caring for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease, managing the complications of chronic kidney disease, complex hypertension, volume overload and preparation for outpatient long term dialysis. This rotation will also introduce students to the transplant referral process.  1 s.h.

MED*803. Medical-Surgical ICU. Fourth-year medical students will be directly involved in assessing, stabilizing, and treating critically ill patients with a variety of complex diseases with a focus in but not limited to Heme/Onc and GI. With supervision and guidance, students will be primarily responsible for their patients and will gain experience in developing clinical plans for critically ill patients. Students will become familiar with the basics of mechanical ventilation, intravenous fluids, shock and vasoactive medications, surgical emergencies, procedural indications and end-of-life care issues in the ICU. Students will observe and potentially perform invasive procedures.5 s.h.

MED*809. Palliative Medicine. This course will expose 4th-year medical students to Palliative Medicine. The focus is on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, regardless of the diagnosis in order to improve the quality of life for both the patient and family. Students will learn how to approach and support patients with serious illness who have emotional, spiritual, and symptomatic needs. Students will work with patients and families in the hospital setting and in Hospice as available. Students will be provided with reading material and regular didactic sessions concerning basic topics in Palliative Medicine. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*811. Endocrinology. This course is designed to expose fourth-year medical students to see patients with endocrine disorders. Students will work with endocrinologist in the office and on rounds/consultations in hospital. 2.5 s.h.

MED*812. Pulmonary/Crit Care Med AME. This course is designed to expose fourth-year medical students to common pulmonary diseases that are seen in the in-patient setting as well as in the pulmonary office. Students will participate in the care of pulmonary patients in the office, on the hospital war and in the ICU. Students will learn to Interpret pulmonary function and be exposed to common pulmonary procedures such as thorocentesis and bronchoscopy and their indications. 2.5 or 5.0 variable credit hours.

MED*813. Rheumatology. The fourth year medical student will rotate in a busy two physician rheumatology practice. The student will present patients in the office. It is expected that the student will gain knowledge/experience with common rheumatology disorders (crystalline arthropathies; inflammatory arthritis including spondyloarthropathies; rheumatoid arthritis; systemic lupus erythematosus; osteoporosis; fibromyalgia; and vasculitis). 2.5 s.h.

MED*814. Hematology-Oncology. This elective introduces the general approach to the diagnosis and management of common oncologic and hematologic disorders typically seen by primary care physicians. The student will see patients in inpatient and outpatient settings to achieve skills needed to take appropriate histories and perfonn physical exams as well as formulate assessments and management plans. Student will be working with oncologists in their outpatient setting (Anderson Area Cancer Center Oncology & Hematology, Suite 5000, 2000 East Greenville Street, Anderson) or inpatient at AnMed Health Main Campus (800 North Fant Street, Anderson). Student will work Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. 2.5 or 5.0 variable credits.

MED*815. Medicine Elective AME. Virtual medicine elective. 5 s.h.

MED*817. Specialty Medical ICU. Fourth-year medical students will work with interdisciplinary critical care teams lead by Pulmonary and Critical Care physicians with house staff coverage by Senior Pulmonary/Critical Care fellows and Internal medicine residents. Students will be directly involved in assessing, stabilizing, and treating critically ill patients with a variety of complex medical diseases such as sepsis, respiratory failure, shock, renal failure, liver failure, post-operative liver transplant. Students will become familiar with the basics of mechanical ventilation, intravenous fluids, shock and vasoactive medications, procedural indications, and end-of-life care issues in the ICU. Students will observe and potentially perform invasive procedures. 5 s.h.

MED*820. Allergy & Immunology. Students will see both ADULT and PEDIATRIC patients 5 days a week in our outpatient offices. Students will learn about asthma, allergic skin diseases, food allergies, insect allergies, and immune deficiencies. They will also learn about the economics of an outpatient office. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*820J. Outpt Allergy, Asthma & Immuno. Students will see both ADULT and PEDIATRIC patients 5 days a week in outpatient offices. Students will learn about asthma, allergic skin diseases, food allergies, and immune deficiencies. They will also learn about the economics of an outpatient office. 2.5 s.h.

MED*821J. Infectious Disease. This is a selective for third year students who desire to learn more about the field of Infectious Disease. The student will see patients with inpatient infectious diseases under the supervision of an Infectious disease specialist. The goal is exposure to common infectious diseases processes as to their diagnoses and treatment options. 2.5 s.h.

MED*824. Infectious Disease. This is an inpatient consultation service rotation designed to expose fourth-year medical students to the field of Infectious Disease. The student will see patients with infectious diseases under supervision by the attending physician and learn the diagnostic approach as well as medical management of these patients. 2.5 s.h.

MED*824J. General Internal Medicine. This selective introduces the student to the care of the hospitalized adult patient. By working alongside patient care teams on the General Internal Medicine inpatient ward services at the Medical University Hospital (MUH), Ashley River Tower (ART), and the Veterans Hospital, students will learn firsthand about caring for the hospitalized adult patient. Students will be expected to learn the role of the patients' primary hospitalist and should take an active role in the documentation of the patient's hospital stay. Emphasis is placed on performing, documenting, and presenting histories and physical examinations of patients; developing differential diagnoses, assessment, and treatment plans; actively participating in the care of patients, and understanding the impact of illness on the patient and family. 4 s.h.

MED*825. Gastroenterology. This rotation will be inpatient and outpatient to give the fourth-year medical student exposure to the field of gastroenterology. The student will be exposed to patients with digestive diseases and learn the diagnostic approach as well as the medical management of these patients. The student will also observe endoscopic procedures and understand their role in the care of these patients as well. 5 s.h.

MED*825J. Gastroenterology. This rotation will be inpatient and outpatient to give the third-year medical student exposure to the field of gastroenterology. The student will be exposed to patients with digestive diseases and learn the diagnostic approach as well as the medical management of these patients. The student will also observe endoscopic procedures and understand their role in the care of these patients as well. Office is AnMed Health GI Specialists, Suite 2900, 2000 East Greenville Street, Anderson and the hospital is AnMed Health, 800 North Fant Street, Anderson. 2.5 s.h.

MED*826. Electrocardiography. This two week elective will work with three internal medicine physicians to learn the intricacies of reading electrocardiograms. There is an on-line curriculum that must be completed during the two weeks. All ECGs done at the residency during the two weeks will be read by the senior medical student along with oversight by the two attending physicians. One-on-one sessions will be done with the attending physicians. Clinical time will be in the AnMed Health Family Medical Center. 2.5 s.h.

MED*826J. Pulmonary Medicine. This course is designed to expose third-year students to common pulmonary diseases seen in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will participate in the care of patients in the office and hospital including the ICU. Students will learn to interpret pulmonary function tests and be exposed to common pulmonary procedures such as thorocentesis and bronchoscopy. 2.5 credits.

MED*827. Cardiology. This is an inpatient/outpatient rotation designed to expose 4th year medical students to the field of cardiology. The student will be exposed to patients with cardiac diseases, learn the diagnostic approach, as well as the medical management of these patients. The student will spend time in the cardiac cath labs, CDU, CCU and inpatient cardiology ward. There will be time spent in the ECG reading lab as well as in the private office of a cardiology group. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*828. Internal Medicine Externship. The student will manage acutely ill general medicine patients. The student will develop independent clinical practice skills with guidance and supervision from an individual attending on the hospitalist service. The student will function at the level of an intern, being primarily responsible for their patients' plan of care, communication, and documentation. 5 s.h.

MED*829. Medicine ICU. Fourth-year medical students will work with interdisciplinary critical care teams lead by Pulmonary and Critical Care physicians in a large community hospital setting. Students will be directly involved in assessing, stabilizing, and treating critically ill patients with a variety of complex medical diseases such as sepsis, respiratory failure, shock, renal failure. Students will become familiar with the basics of mechanical ventilation, intravenous fluids, shock and vasoactive medications, procedural indications and end-of-life care issues in the ICU. Students will observe and potentially perform invasive procedures. Students will participate in a mandatory orientation day to cover essential critical care subject matter. Participation is expected at all simulation-based procedural skills modules unless absence is excused. Students will be expected to work at least 20 shifts. Make-up dates for unexcused absences will take place the final weekend of the rotation and then at the discretion of the unit director. There is no expectation of night call, but it can be offered by the unit director as an integral learning experience or as make-up for unexcused absences. This rotation is solely available to students completing clinical rotations at AnMed Hospital. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*835. Palliative Care. The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Elective is based on the Voluntary Program Standards for residency Education in Palliative Medicine 2005. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*836. Medical ICU. The course is an introduction to management of adult critically ill patients with a variety of complex diseases. The student will participate in all aspects of care including diagnosis and management. They will receive instruction in ventilator management (including bi-vent, oscillator, and non-invasive ventilation), pulmonary artery catheter use, and central line use. They will receive instruction in pharmacotherapy of the critically ill, and will have the opportunity to learn a variety of procedures such as central line placement, arterial line placement, and the use of ultrasound in the ICU. Students will participate in all of the academic activities of the Critical Care Team including the Division of Pulmonary Medicine in the Department of Medicine. They are expected to serve at the level of an intern this includes performing an admission history and physical, developing a differential diagnosis and treatment plan. It is also expected that the student will review relevant information in the medical literature regarding their patients146 disease state. Once a week call is strongly encouraged, but not required. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*842. Gastro Hepatology AME. This is an outpatient clinical (2 weeks) and inpatient consultation service (2 weeks) rotation designed to expose the 4th-year medical student to the field of Hepatology. The student will also observe endoscopic procedures and understand their role in the care of the patients. Students will rotate at the VA Clinic so current VA logins and codes are required. Overall, the rotation affords the student with a fascinating educational opportunity. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*844. Develop Clin Skills Teaching. Teaching clinical skills is essential and required for residents but students receive little to no training prior to residency. Preclerkship students often feel more comfortable asking questions of and become more confident learning from fourth year students as they recognize they will be able to learn and master clinical skills with lime and experience. 4th year medical students will attend didactic sessions about teaching clinical skills and assist in leading physical exam workshops, physical exam practice sessions, and interview skills practices sessions under the supervision of master clinical skills teacher or FPC co-director. They will also attend preparatory sessions to prepare for the workshops or practice sessions. 2.5 Credit hours.

MED*848. VA Medical ICU. Students will be assigned to the VA therefore students must be current with VA logins and codes before starting this rotation. This is an opportunity for 4th year students to experience a medical intensive care unit and the introduction of the management of critically ill patients with a variety of complex diseases. To understand the critically ill patients in the ICU, the students will also participate in the pulmonary consult service and inpatient and outpatient procedures. Students will learn how to interpret pulmonary function, and be exposed to common pulmonary and critical care procedures such as thorocentesis, bronchoscopy, ventilator and sepsis management, central line placement, and end of life discussions. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*849. Nephrology AME. Students on this rotation will be exposed to patients with acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, electrolyte abnormalities, and end stage renal disease. The student will work in an outpatient setting as well as in the hospital and dialysis center. 5 s.h.

MED*849J. Pulmonary Medicine VA. Students will be assigned to the VA therefore students must be current with VA logins and codes before starting this rotation. This is an opportunity for 3rd year students to experience the pulmonary consult service at the VA in addition to being introduced to the medical intensive care unit at the VA. The students will participate in the care of complex pulmonary patients on the pulmonary consult service, learn how to interpret pulmonary function, and will be exposed to common pulmonary procedures such as thorocentesis and bronchoscopy and their indications. 2.5 s.h.

MED*851. Nephrology AME. The student will participate directly in patient care topics in nephrology and hypertension in a supervised teaching environment of dedicated faculty, fellows and housestaff. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*851J. Nephrology. This rotation will expose third-year medical students to Nephrology patients with acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, electrolyte abnormalities, and end stage renal disease. The student will work in an outpatient setting as well as in the hospital and dialysis center. Office is Nephrology and Internal Medicine of Anderson, 779 Senate Parkway, Anderson and hospital is AnMed Health, 800 North Fant Street, Anderson. 2.5 credit hours.

MED*855. Cardiology AME. This elective is designed to expose students to consultive adult cardiology both inpatient and outpatient. 5 s.h.

MED*858. Gastroenterology Luminal AME. This course in adult gastroenterology provides students with sufficient exposure and knowledge so that they may be better prepared to deal with patients suffering from disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, biliary tract, pancreas and liver. 5 s.h.

MED*859. Hematology/Oncology AME. This elective provides a broad and integrated exposure to the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and state-of-the-art management of patients with a variety of solid-organ tumors, hematologic malignancies, and other hematologic disorders including anemias and hereditary and acquired bleeding and clotting disorders. This is accomplished by assignment to the Consultation Service, participation in rounds on the inpatient Oncology-Hematology Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, attendance at the outpatient clinics, and formal training with the instructor in the interpretation of peripheral blood smears and bone marrow aspirates. 5 s.h.

MED*861. Infectious Disease AME. This elective consists of consultation rounds with the infectious disease attending, fellow and medical resident at MUH providing extensive exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases precipitating hospital admission or occurring during hospitalization for non-infectious problems. The student will work up inpatients for presentation to the infectious diseases attending. The progress of inpatients will be monitored closely. Clinical experience is supplemented and extended by case conferences, Journal Club and a didactic lecture series. The didactic series is an 8 lecture series repeated each month by all faculty and fellows and provides an introduction to the practice of infectious diseases. HIV infection is not a part of this course. Please discuss with course director for possible opportunities to be involved in HIV care. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*862. Endocrinology AME. This course provides student participation in the activities of the division: inpatient consultations, several outpatient clinics (Endocrinology, Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid 150 private consultations), investigation of patients with endocrine/metabolic problems, weekly case conferences, noon house staff conferences, weekly conferences with the division (a topic oriented conference) and Journal Club. Direct contact with attendings is employed in all clinical settings. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*864. Internal Medicine Extern AME. The student assumes the role of a PGY-l house officer. The student is expected to discharge the responsibilities appropriate for that position, including performance of the history and physical examination, providing clinical care and documentation of patients. The student works closely with a supervising medicine resident and attending physician. The student participates in the scheduled conferences offered by the Department of Medicine. 5 s.h.

MED*865. Pulmonary Medicine AME. This course allows students to review and apply principles of respiratory pathophysiology to disease states, introduces them to a variety of clinical forms of pulmonary disease and instructs them in the principles of respiratory care. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*868. Rheumatology & Immunology AME. This elective emphasizes the evaluation and management of outpatients with common musculoskeletal diseases. The majority of the time is spent in private and public ambulatory clinics of the division. Limited exposure to complicated inpatient consultations is available. Students will have intense one-on-one contact with faculty in the evaluation of ambulatory patients. Variable credit hours. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*871. Heart Failure / Transplant. Exposure to the full spectrum of diagnosis and treatment of congestive heart failure. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*884J. Cardiology. This two week course will be with cardiologists at An Med Health Cardiology (7 physician group). This will provide a brief overview of inpatient and outpatient cardiology. The student will spend time in the cardiac cath lab, CDU, CCU as well as on the inpatient cardiology ward. Time in the outpatient cardiology office will expose the student to various cardiac diseases and diagnostic approaches to treatment options. 2.5 credit hours.

MED*891. Med Hospitalist Consults AME. The 4 week course is 2 weeks on the hospitalist consult service at MUSC and 2 weeks on the community hospitalist service at East Cooper Hospital in Mount Pleasant. The 2 week course is either. At both sites, the student is expected to independently evaluate patients, follow them daily, and present findings/plan to the hospitalist attending. The consult team at MUSC consists of an attending hospitalist and a medical resident. At East Cooper, the student works solely with an attending hospitalist. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*891J. Hepatology. Demonstrate proficiency in assessing patients with liver disease and understanding the components of the history and physical exam that are essential for managing these patients. 2.5 s.h.

MED*892. Novel Approaches Primary Care. Students will rotate at the Harvest Free Medical Center, a faith-based facility in N. Charleston that delivers primary care to the indigent, and at Detyens Medical Center, a facility owned by Detyens Shipyards, Inc., that cares for its employees and their families at no cost to the employees. Time will be spent primarily in clinical duties in both sites (housed in the same building), but opportunities for clinical research are available. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*894J. Subspecialty Consults/Clinics. At the completion of this clinical rotation, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate proper techniques for interviewing a patient to obtain a medical history and performing a physical examination in the inpatient setting. 2. Demonstrate analysis, synthesis, and integration of pertinent patient data. 3. Formulate a comprehensive, ordered differential diagnosis. 4. Present patient data gathered from patient interviews, physical examinations, and laboratory sources, including progress notes on patients, in standardized format. 5. Document patient data gathered from patient interviews, physical examinations, and laboratory sources, including progress notes on patients, in standardized format. 6. Apply knowledge of the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and natural history of diseases to the diagnosis and management of common patient conditions in Internal Medicine. 7. Perform diagnostic and lab test interpretation skills commonly used in Internal Medicine. 8. Demonstrate effective and professional interpersonal and communication skills in interactions with patients, including an awareness of psychosocial factors related to patients' problems. 9. Demonstrate professional demeanor and ethical behavior. 2.5 s.h.

MED*897J. VA Cardiology & EKG. This selective offers students the opportunity to lead, assist, and appreciate EKGS. 2.5 s.h.

MED*898J. Caring for Diabetic Patient. To understand basic classification of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, Latent autoimmune adult onset, gestational, etc. 2.5 s.h.

MED*899J. Endocrinology Neoplasia. Know and understand pathophysiology of common neoplastic disorders of the endocrine system (i.e. thyroid cancer, including post-surgical hypothyrodism and hypoparathyroidism and benign thyroid nodules; pituitary tumors and pituitary hypersecretory and deficiency syndromes; hyperparathyrodiam; MEN syndromes). 2.5 s.h.

MED*900A. Medicine Elective. This rotation includes all non-MUSC pre-approved electives for 4th year students. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*900E. Medicine Externship. This rotation includes all non-MUSC pre-approved externships for 4th year students. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*900J. Inpatient Cardiology. This is a junior selective in Cardiology. 2.5 s.h.

MED*901J. Inpatient Hematology. This is a junior selective in hematology. 2.5 s.h.

MED*970E. Research. Individualized research. 2.5 or 5.0 Variable credit hours.

MED*981. Independent Study. The Independent Study course in the College of Medicine is designed for approved students to explore different content areas including research and academic enrichment. The independent study experience is to encourage self-directed learning. Learners will have experiences in a research or academic focused setting.Course Requirements:As applicable, it is the enrolled students’ responsibility to: Identify a research mentor; Confirm research mentor and project and provide an overview of the study design; Prepare and submit research progress report(s) throughout the enrollment of the course. Your research mentor must review and sign off on your completed work through the semester; The student will explore the processes of presenting and publishing research findings; Meet with Student Affairs leaders to receive an academic monitoring contract or plan, to guide you through the independent study period; Engage with Student Affairs leaders on a monthly basis to provide status updates on research projects or academic progress during the course. Failure to do so could result in failure of course; Continue to seek support from CAE and CAPS to address any underlying issues related to your academic progress.. 6.0 s.h.

MED*995J. Nephrology Consultation. This is a junior selective in Nephrology. 2.5 s.h.