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Inpatient rotation

Located at United Hospital

Length: Four weeks, or call to negotiate length of rotation

Hospital: United Hospital

Offered: Call for schedule availability

Limit: One student per session

Course Director: Ravi Balasubrahmanyan, MD

Contact: Madeline Nelson 651-241-1004 or

Report first day

Arranged, call contact person.

This course is intended for students interested in Family Medicine as a career, or for medical students wishing to acquire a broad spectrum of patient care. The medical student will participate in inpatient care at United Hospital as a component of the Family Medicine Residency Program. Educational components will include patient care, morning report, lectures, and group discussions.

This elective provides opportunities for students to participate in inpatient services care.

  • Upon completion in the care of the outpatient, the medical student will be able to:
  • Take a history, perform the physical exam, and interpret and integrate lab results in the care of the hospitalized patient.
  • Identify patient problems, develop a differential diagnosis, and formulate a management plan.
  • Write daily orders and progress notes.
  • Understand the role of the Family Physician in the coordination of care of inpatients and the appropriate role of working with consultants and other medical specialists in the care of patients in the hospital.
  • Understand the decision-making process that is involved in admitting a patient to the hospital, and to understand alternatives to acute inpatient care.
  • Understand the multidisciplinary nature of inpatient care and the importance of working with the many members of the health care team.
  • Understand the complexity of discharge planning and how the psychosocial context of the patient impacts processes.
  • Become familiar with and become comfortable with end-of-life issues, including advanced directives, DNR/DNI decisions, and withdrawal of care.
  • Understand the importance of peer education in the care of patients and to participate in those efforts during time on the service.
  • Understand the appropriate care of patients in the Rehab Unit and Psychiatry Unit and to understand what that setting becomes most appropriate in the care of the patient who is in the hospital.


Evaluation of performance will be completed informally by both the faculty and Chief Resident, and formally through written evaluation at the end of the rotation.

Special instructions

Each student must contact the course contact person no later than four months prior to the start of the requested rotational period.

Other information

  • Hospital parking provided to medical student.
  • Medical student to wear medical school identification/name tag while on rotation.
  • Medical student to wear lab coat while on rotation at United Hospital.