University of Pittsburgh
Combined Clinical Years

Internal Medicine Acting Internship
MS-4

4 weeks

Thomas Painter, MDClerkship Director 
Thomas Painter, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine 
paintertd@upmc.edu

Erika Hoffman, MDClerkship Co-Director
Erica Hoffman, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine 
hoffmaneb@upmc.edu

Clerkship Co-Director
Melissa McNeil, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine 
mcneilma@upmc.edu

Clerkship Co-Director
Brian Heist, MD 
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine 
heistb@upmc.edu

 

Course Description

In the Subinternship, the student, like the intern, will have primary patient involvement but on a limited number of patients. As an integral member of the house officer team, the subintern will perform the initial patient evaluation and institute appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures under the direct guidance and supervision of the resident and attending physician. By allowing the student greater involvement in patient care and management than is possible in the basic clerkship, this experience will serve as a bridge between the basic clerkship and the internship year. Due to the nature of the complete patient care responsibilities, the subintern will be expected to attend to these responsibilities every day during the rotation, including university holidays (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) and through the final day of the rotation. In order to maximize the experience, the department will assign the subintern to one of the university hospitals. It is recommended that students interested in postgraduate programs in internal medicine take a subinternship in the first half of the year.

Faculty Note

Clerkship Director Thomas Painter, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award. Clerkship Co-Director Melissa McNeil, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award, the Donald S. Fraley Award for Medical Student Mentoring, and multiple Excellence in Education Awards for Small Group Facilitator. Clerkship Co-Director Brian Heist, MD, is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award. Clerkship Co-Director Erika Hoffman, MD, is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award. In addition, Drs. Painter, McNeil, and numerous clerkship faculty are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.