Each year, students graduating from allopathic medical schools in the United States are asked to complete a Graduation Questionnaire by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The results of the questionnaire are made available to the School of Medicine and include a rating by each student of the quality of the educational experience in each clinical clerkship. The accompanying table indicates the percent of students each year who rated the clerkship educational experience as “Good” or “Excellent.” As you can see, the internal medicine clerkship has performed exceptionally well on the questionnaire for the last 10 years, and we are happy to say that it is the highest ranked clerkship on campus. This is in large part due to the outstanding leadership of Dr. Michelle Horn, who has led the internal medicine clerkship during that entire ten-year period and who was joined in that leadership by Dr. Zeb Henson in 2021-2022 as Dr. Horn transitioned to the role of Division Director of General Internal Medicine. Jennifer Chappell, Medical Education Administrative Director, has served as the clerkship program administrator for the past 15 years and has also been instrumental in its success. Destini Dill has recently joined the Department as Student Project Manager and assists in coordinating lectures, workshops, tests, and performance evaluations.
Also playing a major role in producing a high-quality educational experience in our internal medicine clerkship have been our internal medicine and medicine-pediatrics residents, subspecialty fellows, and Department of Medicine faculty. The third-year medical students consistently report a positive and welcoming learning environment created by our department’s physicians and administrative staff and have recognized the clerkship as the best on campus through the student-led Evers society for 20 of the last 21 years. Thank you to all of you for making the Department of Medicine a leader in medical education on campus and beyond.