Patient Log (College of Medicine Requirement!)

By now you should be very familiar with the patient log. The purpose of this log is first to insure that students are very familiar with the experiences that the faculty determined are so important that every medical student should see or do them prior to graduation. Second, it is an important way for you to track your progress and make sure you have not missed some of the seminal educational experiences of medical schools.

Each clerkship decided to take “ownership” of certain clinical presentations, skills, and tasks that best fit with the specialty. The medicine clerkship is responsible for making sure you are exposed to the following clinical presentations which implies involvement in the evaluation and management:

  • Acute renal failure
  • Acute shortness of breath
  • Alteration in mental status (in particular delirium on an inpatient service)
  • Anemia
  • Chest pain
  • Common cancers
  • Diabetes (uncontrolled)
  • Electrolyte/ acid-base disorders
  • Fever
  • Hypertension (uncontrolled)

Requirement

You must log each of these presentations in New Innovations. Ideally, we hope you see a real patient with the presentation but you can complete the corresponding SIMPLE case for any presentations you have not been able to see on the wards. If you are still missing exposure to core presentations by week 6, please alert the Clerkship Directors so we can provide you with ways to meet the requirement or complete the relevant SIMPLE case and log it.