IMED661CM.01 (Reno)
Internal Medicine Sub-I

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Internal Medicine Sub-I
  • Short Name: Internal Medicine Sub-I
  • Course Number: IMED661CM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 weeks only
  • Preceptor: Timothy Baker, M.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.

Description of Rotation

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Gather a history and perform a physical examination
  • Prioritize a differential diagnosis following a clinical encounter
  • Recommend and interpret common diagnostic and screening tests
  • Enter and discuss orders and prescriptions
  • Document a clinical encounter in the patient record
  • Provide an oral presentation of a clinical encounter
  • Form clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance patient care
  • Give or receive a patient handover to transition care responsibility
  • Collaborate as a member of an interprofessional team
  • Recognize a patient requiring urgent or emergent care and initiate evaluation and management
  • Obtain informed consent for tests and/or procedures
  • Perform general procedures of a physician
  • Identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement


The progression from medical student to resident intern involves a significant transformation involving increased responsibility and workload. The sub-internship (also known as acting internship) is commonly viewed as one of the most important clinical experiences in helping senior medical students prepare for internship [1-3]. This course provides fourth-year medical students an opportunity to assume the role of an acting internal medicine intern in an outpatient setting with responsibilities in accordance with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) guidelines for optimizing preparation for internship [4]

Course objectives follow the AAMC thirteen core entrustable professional activities (EPA) that define a set of foundational skills and behaviors expected of all medical school graduates entering residency. As an outpatient sub-intern, students will predominantly be evaluated under EPA 1 - EPA 7 and EPA 9 


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Evaluation Method

This course follows AAIM recommendations for prospective internal medicine residency applicants to be formally assessed using the RIME (reporter-interpreter-manager-educator)-based schema. The RIME-based grading system is associated with a more robust and balanced grading practice [8].

• Reporter: Obtains thorough information from H&P but often asks question in a checklist format; rarely misses pertinent history details; consistently reports findings in organized SOAP format.
• Interpreter: Asks questions and performs physical exam reflective of potential diagnoses; formulates an appropriately broad and prioritized differential; provides appropriate clinical reasoning for current treatment plan; independently evaluates new data to modify their differential
• Manager: Formulates a diagnostic and therapeutic plan independently on common medical problems based on standraized guidelines and evidence-based medicine; able to counsel patients appropriately on the plan of care
• Educator: Has the insight to define important questions to research in more depth and the drive to seek out and scrutinize the quality of evidence behind clinical practice. Identifies knowledge gaps in others and effectively fills those gaps. Transition to educator is usually completed during residency.

The mini-CEX is method of clinical skills assessment developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine for graduate medical education. The mini-CEX allows for direct observation and evaluation of medical students by faculty.

IMPORTANT: Grade is Pass/Fail. Please disregard the grading scale below.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Special Notes

A maximum of six students may be admitted to this course.

Open to one 4th year at a time. May or may not be paired with a clerkship student.