4th Year Student Rotation Applications

We encourage 4th year students to rotate with us on one or more of our available electives. This affords you the opportunity to experience our unique approach to medical education on a first-hand basis. Our 4th year electives have been recognized repeatedly as the Best Senior Rotation by the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Application forms can be found here.

Visiting 4th Year Student Rotations include:

Medicine Subspecialties*

Course number: MEDC 423i
Faculty: Faculty of the LSU Internal Medicine Department in Baton Rouge
Duration: 4 weeks
Availability: All blocks
Number of students: 2 per block
Objectives and Means of Implementation: The major objective of this rotation is to give exposure to the various subspecialties in Internal Medicine. A major focus of the rotation will be to provide one-on-one teaching using patients with diseases that are the most representative and important in that subspecialty. Students will be expected to attend morning report. Neither night call nor weekend clinical responsibilities will be required of the student during this rotation.

Acting Internship - Internal Medicine*

Course number: MEDC 431i
Faculty: Faculty of the LSU Internal Medicine Department in Baton Rouge
Duration: 4 weeks
Availability: Senior acting internships may be taken as an elective if spots are available after assignment of acting internships to students at the EKL Hospital
Number of students: Maximum of 8 students
Objectives and Means of Implementation: To allow the senior student to function as an integral member of a team responsible for the inpatient care of ill patients in a setting which will closely simulate their expected experience as house officers. This experience will be under the supervision of house officers and faculty at each affiliated hospital. The participating hospital will establish criteria for student supervision recognizing that there may be minor variations in the level of clinical responsibility permitted to the student. In general, students will be regarded as interns with the limitation that their patient care activities are under the continuous supervision of responsible and qualified physicians.

Critical Care Medicine*

Course number: MEDC 475i
Faculty: Dr. Kevin Reed; Dr. Stephen Brierre; Dr. Roy Culotta; Dr. Tonya Jagneaux; Dr. John Godke; Dr. Bud O'Neal
Duration: 4 weeks
Performance Site: Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge
Availability: All blocks and summer
Number of students: Maximum of 2 students
Objectives and Means of Implementation: This four-week course is designed to develop fundamental skills in the evaluation and management of critically ill patients. The student will make daily rounds with interns, residents, and attending staff in the ICU. The student will be instructed in chest radiograph interpretation, ventilator management, hemodynamic management, and pulmonary artery catheter interpretation. The student may participate in the performance of supervised procedures that are needed in the care of the critically ill. Weekly teaching conferences in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine are held on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. Additional didactic lectures are held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday by the Section of Internal Medicine. Attendance at morning report is mandatory. Night call is not mandatory.

Principles in Clinical Decision Making: An Approach Based on Concept Maps*

Course number: MEDC 424i*
Faculty: Dr. George Karam, Dr. Guido DeJesus and Dr. John Godke
Duration: 4 weeks
Availability: All blocks
Number of students: Minimum of 2 students
Objectives and Means of Implementation: Within medical school curricula, there has traditionally been little emphasis on how clinical decision making best occurs. In recent years, there has been emphasis placed on the use of concept maps in the formation of an approach to providing patient care. In contrast to algorithmic medicine, the use of concept maps focuses on pathophysiologic variables. The goal of this elective is to help students understand the role of concept maps and pathophysiologic reasoning in the approach to clinical problem solving. The rotation will consist of 4 components: 1) Attendance at morning report and a daily noon conference, at which the learning style is based on use of concept maps, 2) Formal small-group instruction to better learn the principles that influence development of concept maps and of pathophysiologic reasoning, 3) Participation in patient care encounters in internal medicine subspecialty clinics during which the principles of concept maps can be used in the provision of medical care, 4) An evaluation process that will consist of the student developing and presenting to peers a concept map approach for clinical decision making in a specific area of the specialty the student will ultimately pursue. Because of the nature of this elective, the grading system will be either Pass or Fail.

*These descriptions are condensed versions of the official course descriptions found in the Visiting Student Electives Catalog available through the Office of Student Affairs at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans.

Department of Internal Medicine
in Baton Rouge
Phone: (225) 757-4080
LSU Medical Education and Innovation Center
LSU Health Sciences Center Baton Rouge
5246 Brittany Drive
Baton Rouge 70808