The Internal Medicine Subinternship—Now More Important than Ever: A Joint CDIM-APDIM Position Paper

T. Robert Vu, S. V. Angus, Paul B Aronowitz, H. E. Harrell, M. A. Levine, A. Carbo, S. Whelton, A. Ferris, J. S. Appelbaum, D. B. McNeill, N. J. Ismail, D. M. Elnicki

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For decades, the internal medicine (IM) subinternship has served as a critical interface between undergraduate and graduate medical education. As such, the vast majority of U.S. medical schools offer this rotation to help students prepare for post-graduate training. Historically an experiential rotation, a formal curriculum with specific learning objectives was eventually developed for this course in 2002. Since then, graduate medical education (GME) has changed significantly with the regulation of duty hours, adoption of competency-based education, and development of training milestones and entrustable professional activities. In response to these and many other changes to residency training and medical practice, in 2010, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) surveyed its members—with input from the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) Subinternship Task Force—to determine which core skills program directors expected from new medical school graduates. The results of that survey helped to inform a joint CDIM-APDIM committee’s decision to re-evaluate the goals of the IM subinternship in an effort to enhance the transition from medical school to residency. This joint committee defined the minimum expectations of what constitutes an IM subinternship rotation, proposed recommended skills for IM subinterns, and discussed challenges and future directions for this crucial course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1369-1375
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 19 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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