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Internal Medicine at Mercy - MEDC 548-M


Successful completion of Internal Medicine and be in the 4th quarter of third year


Mercy Medical Center

Description and Goals:

This program in Internal Medicine offers students an in-depth experience caring for patients with a wide range of pathology in an efficiently run community hospital. Senior students function as vital members of patient care teams. Patient care teams are comprised of two or three students and three or four first year residents supervised by a senior resident and a full time teaching attending. The housestaff program is integrated with the University of Maryland; thus students are supervised by University of Maryland residents. Students are given ample opportunity to learn and perform bedside diagnostic procedures. They are expected to participate in Morning Report and to attend Journal Club, Grand Rounds and subspecialty teaching conferences. Experience in caring for both service and private patients is provided. The student-intern is encouraged to take primary initiative in clinical decision making and general care of his/her patients, be they service or private.

Each student-intern cares for four to seven patients at any one time. Night call is every fourth to sixth night, depending on staffing. Sunday through Thursday, a night float team arrives at 9 p.m. Phlebotomy and fluid teams, patient transportation services, efficient clinical laboratory and radiology departments, and other ancillary services allow students to use their time for meaningful patient care activities.

Meals, parking, and on-call rooms are provided by the hospital.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday - Yes
Shift work - No
Evenings - Yes
Weekends - Yes
Call – Yes, until 10 pm

Course Director:

Philip Dittmar, MD
(410) 328-5720
Fax: (410) 328-5685 

Administrative Contact:

Theresa Jackson
(410) 328-6070
Fax: (410) 328-0267  

Additional Information:

This rotation allows students to participate in a University training program conducted in a community hospital atmosphere. Because students are incorporated into the service schedules well in advance of the rotation, those who wish to drop this elective must contact the Chief Resident and are expected to find a replacement or honor their obligation. In addition, schedule requests should be submitted as soon as possible to the chief resident and no less than one (1) month in advance.


Last Revision: April 16, 2013