Clerkship Opportunities for Medical Students

Clerkship in Primary Care Medicine at Stamford Hospital

Clerkship Overview: This clinical clerkship consists of five weeks seeing patients in an outpatient clinic setting, both independently and with residents and attending physicians. Students will develop skills in history taking and physical examination, focusing on assessments and treatment plans. Mid-session and end-of-session feedback will be provided to each student by the clerkship director. Each student will be asked to present a topic on Preventive Medicine (e.g., screening, primary prevention, immunization) in the fourth week of the rotation. In addition to primary care clinic experience, this rotation provides the opportunity for students to see patients in sub-specialty clinics including Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Dermatology, and Pulmonology/TB. Required didactic teaching sessions during this rotation include weekly review of topics and literature in primary care, as well as one half-day weekly of academic sessions on varying topics.

This clerkship will introduce students to the principles and practice of Primary Care Medicine:

  • Performance of accurate and efficient History and Physical Examinations
  • Knowledge of the evaluation and management of common primary care complaints as well as chronic disease management
  • Essentials of preventive medicine (e.g., disease screening, primary prevention)
  • Motivational patient interviewing skills
  • Common issues in outpatient medical subspecialties (i.e., Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Pulmonology)

Primary Care clerkship learning objectives:

  • Learn foundational skills in an outpatient medical practice
  • Acquire skills in taking accurate and complete History & Physical Examinations
  • Develop clinical reasoning skills
  • Perform case presentations (written and oral)
  • Establish good work habits and professionalism
  • Develop communication skills and positive rapport with patient

Primary Care clerkship faculty:

  • Tzivia Moreen, MD – Primary Care Physician and Geriatrician, Primary Care Medicine Clerkship Director. Area of interest: Geriatric Medicine
  • Celeste Cox Baldwin, MD – Primary Care Physician, Primary Care Clerkship Coordinator and Clinic Director.

Clerkship in Family Medicine

This clinical clerkship provides an opportunity for students to have clinical experiences in ambulatory practices. Students will learn the core skills and knowledge essential to the practice of primary care: diagnosis and treatment of common outpatient complaints, management of chronic medical conditions, and strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. The site offers a full spectrum family medicine practice; seeing adults, pediatrics and obstetrics. The student will see patients under the supervision of senior residents and faculty. The students will participate in the residency educational conferences while on this rotation.

The clerkship will introduce students to the principles and practice of Family Medicine:

  • Observe how family physicians provide for the ongoing medical needs of their patients.
  • Learn how to focus on discrete portions of the patient’s medical history and physical concerns with the confines of an office visit.
  • See patients presenting with acute medical problems as well as chronic disease follow up and preventative health exams

Family Medicine clerkship learning objectives:

  • Develop a primary care evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of problems commonly seen in a primary care office
  • Increase communication skills with patients
  • Perform a complete and accurate history and physical
  • Interpret basic laboratory data.
  • Present patient information to attendings, residents and colleagues in an accurate and concise manner.
  • Understand the relevance of biopsychosocial, familial, socioeconomic and community factors to provide patient-centered care.

Family Medicine clerkship faculty:

  • Kathleen Nurena, MD – Medical Student Clerkship Director, Assistant Residency Program Director. Interest: Pediatrics, Medical Education
  • Joseph Connelly, MD – Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Board-Certified, Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Interest: Palliative Medicine
  • Deborah Pinto, MD - Assistant Residency Program Director. Interest: Obesity Medicine
  • Henry Yoon, MD – Residency Program Director. Interest: Interdisciplinary Education, Public Health/Emergency Medicine

Clerkship in Internal Medicine

This clinical clerkship consists of four weeks on an inpatient Medical service at Stamford Hospital. Students will learn the core skills and knowledge essential to the practice of internal medicine, including the diagnosis and treatment of common acute and chronic medical conditions. Students become an integral part of the Medicine team, pre-rounding on their patients, presenting their patients during attending rounds, and composing admission and progress notes. Students will see patients under the supervision of senior residents and faculty. The students will participate in the residency educational conferences while on this rotation.

The clerkship will introduce students to the principles and practice of Internal Medicine:

  • Evaluating and admitting patients from the Emergency Room
  • Caring for critically ill inpatients
  • Understanding when patients require a higher level of care
  • Learn how to perform venipuncture, arterial blood gas sampling and other skills if applicable (e.g., lumbar punctures, paracentesis)
  • Understanding and participating in disposition planning

Internal Medicine clerkship learning objectives:

Learn foundational skills in becoming a physician such as:

  • Conduct history & physical examinations
  • Develop clinical reasoning skills
  • Perform case presentations (written and oral)
  • Establish good work habits and professionalism
  • Develop good bedside mannerisms with inpatients
  • Learn the importance of teamwork
  • Work up eight to ten patients

    • Follow at least two patients at any one time
    • Perform five patient write ups
    • Perform an observed history & physical examination

Clerkship in Surgery

This clinical clerkship provides an introduction to the principles of the surgical care. During the five week rotation, third year medical students are immersed in the clinical milieu of both general surgery and surgical subspecialties. The experience is based primarily in the inpatient setting, both on the wards and in the operating room; however, there is also participation in outpatient care. There is a didactic teaching component supplemented with independent study.

The clerkship will introduce students to the principles and practice of Surgery:

  • Participate in the preoperative evaluation, operative management, and postoperative care of patients presenting with a wide variety of surgical pathologies.
  • Learn basic principles of surgery, to include wound care, suture and tissue handling, surgical anatomy, and operative dissection.
  • Obtain experiences in different surgical subspecialties, gaining perspectives unique to them.

Surgery clerkship learning objectives:

  • Understand basic principles and practices with respect to aseptic technique and surgical decision-making, both in the intra- and perioperative setting.
  • Develop a working knowledge of basic surgical anatomy, particularly with respect to the abdomen and pelvis.
  • Understand perioperative patient management principles, both in the ward and intensive care unit settings.

Surgery clerkship faculty:

  • Kevin Dwyer, MD – Medical Student Clerkship Director, Residency Program Director. Interest: Trauma, Medical Education
  • William Symons, MD – Vice-Chair of Administrative Affairs, Department of Surgery, Interest: Complex Hernia Repair
  • Michael Ebright, MD – Vice-Chair of Operations, Department of Surgery; Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery Interest: Thoracic Oncology, Reflux Disease
  • David Yuh, MD – Chair, Department of Surgery; Medical Student Clerkship Director (Stamford Affiliation Interests: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Minimally-Invasive Mitral Valve Repair

Clerkship Faculty

Ravinder K.

Alaigh, MD

Family Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Sadhna

Alaigh, MD

Family Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Anne H.

Angevine, MD

Hematology, Medical Oncology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Revecca

Babayev, MD

Nephrology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Michael H.

Bar, MD

Hematology, Medical Oncology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Rohit

Bhalla, MD

VP, Quality Safety

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Alfred

Bircaj, MD

Hospitalist medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Neil

Boside, MD

Internal Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Stamford)

Marc

Brodsky, MD

Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Eric Y.

Brown, MD

Nephrology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Maria Cecilia

Catilo Asnis, MD

Endocrinology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Joonun (Chris)

Joonun, MD

Cardiology

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Susan M.

Collins, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Joseph

Connelly, MD

Family Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Debra A.

Daunt, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Salvatore A.

Del Prete, MD

Hematology, Medical Oncology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Stamford)

Sandhya

Dhruvakumar, MD

Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Bryan E.

Dorf, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Jennifer L.

Drummond, MD

Hospitalist medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Deena R.

Ebright, MD

Internal Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Alan T.

Falkoff, MD

Family Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Arzhang

Fallahi, MD

Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Mary E.

Fedor, MD

Hospitalist medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Joseph

Feuerstein, MD

Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

John

Fitzgibbons, MD

Nephrology

Professor of Clinical Medicine

Michael S.

Fusco, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Sarah M.

Gamble, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Peter W.

Gardner, MD

Gastroenterology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Peggy N.

Geimer, MD

Occupational Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Robert S.

Goldsmith, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Meilssa K.

Goldstein, MD

Endocrinology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Rebekah M.

Gospin, MD

Endocrinology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Danielle

Greenman, MD

Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Anthony P.

Gulati, MD

Hematology, Medical Oncology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Mark D.

Heiman, MD

Cardiology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

William H.

Hines, MD

Nephrology

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Kirsten B.

Hohmann, MD

Internal Medicine

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Steven F.

Horowitz, MD

Cardiology

Professor of Clinical Medicine

David H.

Hsi, MD

Cardiology

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Paul

Huang, MD

Hospitalist medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Nina S.

Inamdar, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Shara P.

Israel, MD

Internal Medicine

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Radhika

Jasthi, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Andrew D.

Jenis, MD

Emergency Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Sarah A.

Kahn, MD

Gastroenterology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Asha

Kapur (Shah), MD

Hospitalist, Infectious Disease

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Sharon W.

Karp, MD

Rheumatology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Stamford)

Sharon C.

Kiely, MD

SVP Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Neil C.

Klein, MD

Gastroenterology

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Tulin

Koparan, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

James S.

Krinsley, MD.

Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Eric

Kung, MD

Neurology

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Robert L.

Labarre, MD.

Cardiovascular Disease

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Robert A.

Lindberg, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Paul S.

Lindner, MD

Allergy and Immunology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Ted E.

Listokin, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

K. M. Steve

Lo, MD

Hematology, Medical Oncology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Maher I.

Madhoun, MD

Hospitalist medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Scott Raymond

Martin, MD

Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Waye H.

Miller, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Charles

Miner,III MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Bismrat

Misra, MD

Endocrinology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Hiern I.

Mody, MD

Hospitalist, Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Anna

Moniodis, MD

Pulmonary

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Tzivia R.

Moreen, MD

Internal Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Desh

Nandedkar, MD

Pulmonary

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Darlene

Negbenebor, MD

Gastroenterology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Philip

Negus, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Thomas J.

Nero, MD

Interventional Cardiology, Structural Heart Disease

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Santi J.

Neuberger, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Craig H.

Olin, MD

Internal Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Antonio

Pantaleo, MD

Endocrinology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

William M.

Pintauro, MD

Gastroenterology

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Robert L.

Plansky, MD

Gastroenterology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Stamford)

Praveen K.

Reddy, MD

Hospitalist medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Noel I.

Robin, MD

Endocrinology

Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dominic J.

Roca, MD

Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Stamford)

Remi M.

Rosenberg, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Paul

Sachs, MD

Pulmonary

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Edward H.

Schuster, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

J. Robert

Shapiro, MD

Family Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Anna L.

Shender, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Frederick B

Slogoff, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Richard M.

Slutsky, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Amy E.

Smithline, MD

Gastroenterology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Jamie

Stratton, MD

Hematology, Medical Oncology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Peter

Tenicki, MD

Hospitalist, Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Cathrine L.

Troy, MD

Internal Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Stuart

Waldstreicher, MD

Gastroenterology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

Katherine Wehri

Takayasu, MD

Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine

Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Paul L.

Weinstein, MD

Hematology, Medical Oncology

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Clerkship in Obstetrics & Gynecology

The obstetrics and gynecology clerkship is a five-week rotation spent at Stamford Hospital. The main objective is to familiarize students with the signs and symptoms of normal and abnormal reproductive function and to teach the basic examinations in obstetrics and gynecology. The course will emphasize and reinforce skills for taking an appropriate history, performing a physical and pelvic examination, formulating a differential diagnosis as well as a treatment plan, and properly managing patients.

The student may gain exposure to the medical-surgical aspects in the subspecialty areas of gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology, and perinatology.

The primary didactic vehicles will consist of formal lectures with assigned readings. Small-group preceptor sessions along with conferences will supplement the core.

Obstetrics & Gynecology clerkship learning objectives:

  • Knowledge for Practice: Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Patient Care: Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of obstetric and gynecologic health problems and the promotion of women's health
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the Professionalism and Personal Development: Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles, demonstrate the qualities required to sustain lifelong personal and professional growth
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Use information technology to access medical information, critically assess current literature to support his or her own education and provide accessible educational information to patients. Use feedback to identify areas for improvement.
  • Systems-Based Practice: Work effectively with other health care professionals, in inpatient and outpatient settings as well as in the operating room and labor and delivery suite, to provide patient-focused care. Respond appropriately to medical errors if they arise.

Obstetrics & Gynecology clerkship faculty:

  • Paul Bobby, MD – Medical Student Clerkship Director & Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Areas of interest include: Medical Complications of Pregnancy, Genetics, Fetal Testing, Quality & Safety.
  • Scott Chudnoff, MD – Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Areas of interest include: Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery, Fibroids, Research
  • Frances Ginsburg, MD – Associate Residency Director, Director of Reproductive Endourology and Interfertility, General GYN
  • Setul Pardanani, MD- Residency Directory, Director of Ambulatory Care. Areas of Interest include: Ambulatory care, well women visits, ambulatory prenatal care
  • Carol Fucigna, MD – Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Areas of interest include: Menopause, Office Gynecology, prenatal care.
  • Elizabeth Aronow, MD – Generalist, Obstetrics & Gynecology. Areas of interest include: Office Gynecology, Prenatal Care.
  • Julie Geiser, APRN. Areas of interest include: Ambulatory Care, Well Women Visits, ambulatory prenatal care.