Teaching internal medicine in the community

Sophia Eilat-Tsanani, M. Weingarten, M. Ben-Ami, Mordechai Dayan, H. Tabenkin

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Background: Teaching Internal Medicine is mainly hospital‑based. Chronic diseases are treated mostly in community‑based ambulatory care. This study describes our experience during the first year of teaching Internal Medicine in the community, with a focus on chronic disease management. Methods: This was an observational study describing the content of clinical exposure and the feedback from students after a two‑week clerkship in community health centers. Results: Over a period of three months, 54 students spent two weeks in health centers singly or in pairs. The disciplines covered were: Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology and Geriatrics. In their feedback, the students most frequently noted knowledge acquired in the management of diabetes, infectious diseases and cardiology. The teaching content was determined by the case‑mix of patients. The spectrum of conditions was wide. Students who were used to more structured hospital‑based study found it difficult to cope with this mode of learning by discovery. Discussion: Future research should concentrate on the transition between the different modes of learning as students move from the hospital to the community setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-208
Number of pages4
JournalEducation for Health: Change in Learning and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Community
  • Internal medicine
  • Undergraduate teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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