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Rotation at a Glance


Medicine subspecialties are taught one-on-one by physicians who practice in the field and are a blend of outpatient and inpatient teaching experiences (depending upon the physician’s patient mix during rotation dates).  Medical students meet their preceptors at their preceptors’ offices (which may be on campus at Overlook Medical Center, or near it, but not necessarily on campus) and may or may not be traveling to Overlook Medical Center, to round on patients, or for procedures.


Four weeks or two weeks, 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




Successful completion of all third-year core clerkships


The elective is designed to provide a broad exposure in pulmonary medicine emphasizing the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to pulmonary diseases, the pulmonary function laboratory, and procedures.

Learning Experience:

Students will:

  • Be involved with pulmonary consultations and procedures such as thoracenteses and bronchoscopies 
  • Work closely with attending physicians, performing appropriate histories and physical examinations on pulmonary consultations 
  • Attend daily rounds with the consulting physician and house staff assigned to the elective and will see a wide variety of pulmonary diseases including participation in a robust outpatient clinic
  • Gain insight into the use of history, physical examination, pulmonary function testing and appropriate procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of common pulmonary diseases as seen both in outpatient and inpatient settings
  • Develop proficiency in reading chest x-rays, interpreting pulmonary function tests, and blood gas analysis 
  • Learn to recognize the physiology of respiratory disease and be able to use pulmonary medications accordingly

Student are welcome to attend daily house staff conferences and noon report

Goals & Objectives:

  • Provide a broad exposure in pulmonary medicine
  • Emphasize the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to pulmonary disease
  • Introduction to the pulmonary function laboratory
  • Overview of pulmonary medicine procedures

Feedback & Evaluation

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