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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 205-208

Teaching internal medicine in the community

1 Department of Family Medicine; Clalit Health Services, Northern Region; Faculty of Medicine in Galilee, Bar Ilan University, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
2 Faculty of Medicine in Galilee, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
3 Faculty of Medicine in Galilee, Bar Ilan University; Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, Israel
4 Clalit Health Services, Northern Region, Bar Ilan University1, Ramat Gan, Israel
5 Department of Family Medicine; Faculty of Medicine in Galilee, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Correspondence Address:
Sophia Eilat-Tsanani
Department of Family Medicine, Emek Medical Center, Amakim Region Office, Afula
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.178606

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.

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