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UTMB 3rd Year Internal Medicine Clerkship (Ambulatory Portion)

Every third year medical student at UTMB is required to take the Internal Medicine Clerkship. The entire course is 12 weeks. The inpatient portion is eight weeks and the outpatient portion is four weeks (with a volunteer community teaching physician).

Community Teaching Physician Qualifications

Community Teaching Physician Commitment per Student

  • MD or DO
  • Board-certified in Internal Medicine
  • Preceptors must be licensed and working in the State of Texas
  • Generalists or specialists are allowed to teach for this course, but they must be working in an ambulatory setting
  • No disparaging board-orders on the Texas State Medical Board
  • Preceptor must go through UTMB appointment process before accepting students

Minimum: 4.5 days each week for 4 weeks (36 hours in clinic each week)
Maximum: 45 hours each week for 4 weeks (students need time to study for their shelf exam at the end of this rotation)
Preceptors may ask a student to round with them in the hospital after regular clinic hours. They may also ask the student to work during Saturday clinic hours. Both of these teaching opportunities are acceptable as long as that time does not exceed the 45 hour work week maximum for the student.

If the student is placed with an IM specialist, please let UTMB know 3 weeks prior to the start of the Term. We will make sure to assign different IM specialties for the student's 2 months of inpatient service.

Please get an email address from the IM preceptors so that we may send reminders of the student evaluations the preceptors now fill out online. We are no longer using paper copies for student evaluations.

2018-2019 Academic Calendar
Term 1Term 2
Period 01: 07/01/19 - 07/26/2019Period 04: 09/23/19 - 10/18/2019
Period 02: 07/29/19 - 08/23/2019Period 05: 10/21/19 - 11/15/2019
Period 03: 08/26/19 - 09/20/2019Period 06: 11/18/19 - 12/13/2019
Term 3Term 4
Period 07: 01/13/20 - 02/07/2020Period 10: 04/06/20 - 05/01/2020
Period 08: 02/10/20 - 03/06/2020Period 11: 05/04/20 - 05/29/2020
Period 09: 03/09/20 - 04/03/2020Period 12: 06/01/20 - 06/26/2020

Course Links
UTMB Internal Medicine Website
UTMB Internal Medicine Clerkship Syllabus (PDF)
UTMB Internal Medicine Clerkship Goals and Objectives (PDF)
UTMB Internal Medicine Facilitator Guide (PDF)
UTMB Internal Medicine Clerkship Evaluation Form (Doc)

Please fill out IM Clerkship student evaluations online using the following evaluation instructions and website. The above evaluation form is used for example purposes only. You will be sent a UTMB username/password to log into the New Innovations website to complete IM Clerkship student evaluations.

Online Student Evaluation Instructions (PDF)

This link will take you to instructions on how to log into the IM clerkship online student evaluation website.

Online Student Evaluation Website

This is a direct link to the online student evaluation website.

Course Contacts

Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-Director (Galveston)Karen Szauter, MD
Internal Medicine Clerkship Co-Director (Galveston)Maria Belalcazar, MD
Internal Medicine Clerkship Coordinator (Galveston)Christina Johnson
Ambulatory Month Coordinator (Galveston)Brian Sullivan

If you are interested in teaching medical students for the UTMB 3rd Year Internal Medicine Clerkship, please contact Brian Sullivan.