Skip to Content

Site Menu

Zucker School of Medicine - Home

Resources & Search

Zucker School of Medicine - Home
Menu Icon

MD Program:Years 3 & 4

Academic Success

Preparation for Residency

The fourth year of the medical education program, "Preparation for Residency (PREP)," includes three required Acting Internships (AIs)

AI Descriptions and Goals

  • Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice or Surgery

    Acting Internship in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice and Surgery
    The Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice and Surgery Internships are 4-week clinical experiences that allow the Acting Intern (AI) to assume primary responsibility for patient care under the direct supervision of an attending physician. The overall goal is to fully integrate the AI into the medical team and to foster independent learning to bridge the gap between the acting internship and the first year of residency training. We provide an educational road map for deliberate learning so that, by the conclusion of the rotation, the AI has acquired ample medical knowledge, skills and personal and professional qualities and attitudes that will allow him/her to succeed in residency and beyond.

    Acting Internship Goals
    • To equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to enter internship and succeed in residency training.
    • To provide students with a progressive level of responsibility for caring for an increasing number of patients, under the direction and supervision of a resident and an attending physician.
  • Critical Care

    Acting Internship in Critical Care
    The Critical Care Acting Internship is a four-week required clerkship that takes place within one of the Northwell Health System's Hospitals. As part of our goal to better prepare students for residency, students can choose to rotate through the Medical ICU, the Surgical ICU, the Pediatric ICU, the Neonatal ICU or the Neurosurgical ICU. The students have primary responsibility for patients under the direct supervision of an attending, fellow or resident. In these settings, the student has an opportunity to learn from and gain first-hand clinical experience in the care of medically complex patients. The students are expected to assume the role of an incoming intern with the help of senior residents, fellows and attendings.

    Acting Internship Goals
    • To equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to understand the multi-organ system and multi-disciplinary approach to caring for critically ill patients
    • To provide students with an authentic role in caring for critically ill patients, under the direction and supervision of a resident, fellow, and an attending physician
  • Emergency Medicine

    Acting Internship in Emergency Medicine
    The Medicine Acting Internship in Emergency Medicine is a four-week required clerkship that is scheduled at one of the Northwell Health's Departments of Emergency Medicine. As part of our goal to better prepare students for residency, students with an interest in Pediatrics are given the opportunity to do most of their rotation in the Pediatric ED at CCMC and are also provided with time in the Adult ED at LIJ. In addition, students rotating through the Adult ED are scheduled for shifts in the Pediatric ED at both NSUH and CCMC.

    Acting Internship Goals
    • Provide students with a diverse experiences in Emergency Medicine which allow them to practice the initial diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the care and management of acutely ill or injured adult (or pediatric) patients with medical, traumatic, or non-traumatic surgical problems
    • Heighten student knowledge of and appreciation for the unique features, advantages, and challenges associated with the providing patient-centered healthcare in the Emergency Department
    • Provide the students the opportunity to complete any required clinical experience that they were not able to complete during their Advanced Clinical Experience.

These four-week AIs take place in our clinical sites in New York City and Long Island. They are specifically designed to prepare students for the level of responsibility and supervision expected during postgraduate training, as well as emphasize the core entrustable professional activities (EPAs) endorsed by the AAMC. They can be tailored to an individual student's area of interest; e.g. a student pursuing a career in Pediatrics could choose an AI in the Pediatric ICU or the Neonatal ICU, and rotate through the Pediatric ED.

In addition, students are expected to complete five (4)-week blocks of elective time (20 weeks in total), either at one of our clinical sites in New York City or Long Island or at outside institutions of their choosing. Types of electives include:

  • Research elective (Ex. Medicine: Research)
  • External elective (Ex. Medicine: External)
  • Global external elective (Ex. Global: Uganda)
  • Students may elect to take an additional acting internship for elective credit
  • Preceptorships

Students are encouraged to spend at least half of their elective time in areas complementary to, but distinct from, their primary field of interest. 

Finally, students are given three (4)-week blocks of "Professional Development" time to dedicate to residency interviewing or Step 2 preparation.

Schedule

Course Catalog

2019-2020 MS4 Course Catalog

 


Curriculum Cards