Department of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Undergraduate Medical Education
The General Internal Medicine Division’s faculty serves as core faculty and leaders in medical student education. Our faculty participates - as course administrators, instructors, and mentors - in the following undergraduate medical student curriculum courses:
Sarah Stone Fellowship in Medical Education: Medical Student Portfolios To Encourage Reflection and Learning
Melissa Fischer, MD, MEd: Students complete reflective learning portfolios to help them explore the Medical School competencies: Physician as Communicator, Clinical Problem Solver, Patient and Community Advocate, Scientist, Person and Professional.
Mary R. Hawthorne, MD, Director
Students on their Medicine Clerkship spend 12 weeks studying the care of adult patients. They spend 4 weeks at the University campus and 4 weeks at a community hospital taking care of patients under the supervision of interns, residents and attending physicians (both hospitalists and primary care internists). They spend an additional 4 weeks in an outpatient office working under the supervision of a primary care internist in an apprenticeship type model. They also participate in special seminar-type intraclerkships on Palliative/End of Life Care and on Primary Care.
Medicine Sub-Internship Clerkship
Sonia Chimienti, MD Subinternship Director
All UMass medical students complete a required sub-internship in their senior year of studies. The experience offers them an opportunity to work closely with faculty and housestaff to develop the advanced skills required to successfully manage hospital inpatients. Clinical experiences are augmented by a curriculum aimed to help them integrate their learning from the prior basic sciences and clinical years.
Longitudinal Preceptor Program
Rebecca Spanagel, MD
The Longitudinal Preceptor Program is for first and second year medical students. This is part of the Physician, Patient and Society course that the students have in the pre-clinical years. The program involves matching an incoming first year student with a physician. The student then goes to the physician's office throughout the first year, and into the second year of medical school. The focus is on developing the student's interviewing skills.
Physician, Patient, and Society Course
David Hatem, MD
The PPS course is a two year course that teaches the fundamental principles, knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to the practice of medicine. Course content includes the medical interview, clinical problem solving (which integrates patient specific, epidemiologic, and community/organizational data), physical examination, medical ethics, and community health which is taught in small groups to small groups of students with faculty facilitators from a broad range of medical and para-professional disciplines. Attention is paid to the personal and professional development of students as well as providing a structure for students to become self-directed learners.
Teaching Communication as a Way to Improve organizational performance.