Internal Medicine (Third Year): 3 block rotation (12 weeks)

During the student’s 12-week medicine rotation they are expected to be proactive learners and ask questions. This rotation is supposed to acquaint the student with the varied aspects of medical care for adults. This will accomplished through rotating through the various subspecialties in medicine. There will be a larger emphasis on enhancing the skills of taking a complete history, performing a physical examination, and presentations, developing a differential diagnosis for common clinical presentations and problems, and finally, developing evidence-based high-value care plans. Most students will see a mix of patients in the office setting as well as in the inpatient setting while other students will only be seeing patients as inpatients. The students will complete three total IM rotations that can be completed in the inpatient and outpatient settings at their core rotation sites. These can be a combination of General Internal Medicine as well as the various subspecialties like Cardiology, Heme/Onc, Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, Critical Care, Hospital Medicine, and Gastroenterology. View the entire curriculum.


The student’s grade will be based upon the following:

  • 50% based on rotation evaluation
  • 30% based on the shelf examination, which is taken on the last Friday of the rotation and is applied to each of the rotations.
  • 20% based on the online curriculum. The 20% for the online portion is broken up into 3 components:
    • End of rotation quiz (50%) on True Learn
    • Instructions on where to find this quiz
    • Completion of the weekly required questions (100) on True Learn, each week is worth 6.25% for a total of 25%
    • Keep a rolling average of >50% on the weekly True Learn questions, each week is worth 6.25% for a total of 25%
    • Completion of the Radiology Teaches Modules
    • Completion of the assigned EPA for review

Required Reading

There are numerous Internal Medicine textbooks out there and we have listed a few of the recommended ones below. We recommend that the students simplify their study materials and pick one textbook, one review book, and a question bank source to utilize throughout their rotation.

There is a student Google drive for textbooks, review books, and other readings.

Textbook Options

  • Stat Pearls Articles (Required). Access the required reading list.
  • The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics. 35th Ed, 2016. (Free using Stat Ref and vital source) Students can access this text via Stat Ref you must be logged into portal and click Stat Ref. From there, accept the terms and check the box of the desired textbook you want to review.
  • Essentials of Medicine. Saunders, 9th Ed, 2015. (Accessible on vital source)
  • Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine. Philadelphia: Chila, Anthony G. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 3rd Ed, 2011.
  • An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment. DiGiovanna, Eileen L.; Schiowitz, Stanley; Dowling, Dennis J. 3rd Ed, 2005.
  • OMT Review; A Comprehensive Review in Osteopathic Medicine. Savarese, Robert G.; Capobianco, John D.; Cox, James J. Jr. 2003.

Supplemental Readings/Review Book Options: (Pick one and read it over twice during your three rotations): There is a Step 2 ANKI deck that is approved for use to study. Don’t spend your time creating one, just use the one that has proven success. Use this resource if you link ANKI along with a review text below. Spaced repetition, get through these texts more than once.