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Medical ICU Sub-Internship

Rotation at a Glance


Overlook Medical Center


Available as a four-week sub-internship, or a two-week elective rotation, depending upon preceptor availability:

  • Four-week rotations start on the first Monday of the month
  • Two-week rotations start on the first or third Monday of the month


Year round


Successful completion of all third-year core clerkships


The medical intensive care unit (ICU) sub-internship allows 4th year medical students to act as sub-interns on an active medical and cardiac care unit, seeing a wide variety of diagnostic and acute care problems within internal medicine and its subspecialties. Emphasis will be placed on history taking, on performing complete and sophisticated physical examinations, and on making rational choices of diagnostic studies and therapies under the direct supervision of senior residents and attendings.

An ICU sub-internship is not equivalent to a medicine sub-internship.  Students applying for an ICU sub-internship as a substitute rotation for a medicine sub-internship, which may be a medical school requirement, must obtain prior approval from their medical school.

Learning Experience:

Under the supervision of senior residents and teaching attendings, the sub-intern will:

  • Experience the responsibility of caring for critical care patients
  • Follow individual patients in a 24-bed, medical/cardiac intensive care unit
  • Round with the multidisciplinary critical care team and attend daily intake rounds

Goals & Objectives:

  • To gain exposure to a wide variety of acute medical and cardiac problems
  • To understand pathophysiology of disease process
  • To provide medical students clinical skills and cognitive abilities required for decision-making and problem-solving in diseases that require critical care consultation or intervention
  • To identify conditions that require critical care intervention or consultation
  • To establish effective clinical communication in an efficient and reliable manner with colleagues, patients, and families

Feedback & Evaluation

Feedback and evaluation will be done by attending preceptors and residents. Students will also evaluate their preceptors and residents, and the elective.