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Medical Student Rotations

We invite you to visit us in Indiana, Pennsylvania, where "It's a Wonderful Life." Indiana, PA is the hometown of Jimmy Stewart, the site of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is the Christmas Tree Capital of the World. Our non-profit, independent community hospital, Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) is a place where physicians truly make a difference. Physicians play key roles in the leadership structure at IRMC. Our hospital board includes local community leaders and clinicians with our community's best interests in mind. Our CEO is a pharmacist and long-term member of our community, who knows our staff by name. Our physicians lead the healthcare teams caring for a wide variety of patients including farmers, coal miners, students and staff of IUP, our Amish neighbors and more. IRMC collaborates with learners and instructors from the PsyD and nursing programs Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IRMC physicians provide care to the IUP Campus Health Center as well as to Division II athletic teams at IUP. IRMC is home to a cutting-edge robotic surgery department as well as a developing National Breast Cancer Center. Students who rotate at IRMC have direct and usually individual access to attendings at our community hospital.

With trails around the hospital and throughout our region, hikers and outdoors enthusiasts of all sorts will find new adventures here. Both the Hoodlebug and Ghosttown bicycle trials run through Indiana County, extending 44 miles and into Cambria County. Blue Spruce County park hosts picnicking, fishing, and hiking around the lake. Yellow Creek State Park offers boating, sailing, camping, mountain biking, and fishing.

IUP hosts the Kovalchick Complex, home of the IUP Hawks basketball teams, as well as a variety of musicians and performers throughout the year. The IUP Lively Arts Program additionally hosts a variety of theatrical, symphonic, and artistic opportunities on campus at Fisher Auditorium. If you exhaust the activities in the county, Indiana is just 60 miles east of Pittsburgh where you can find professional sports teams, museums, and theaters. IRMC is the kind of place where we care for our neighbors, and everyone is treated as our guest. We look forward to meeting you and supporting you along your educational journey.

Available rotations

ICU/critical care

Help to directly care for critically ill patients alongside or full-time intensivist attendings. Students will have the opportunity to round one-on-one with an attending Critical Care Medicine physician in the ICU, a 12-bed unit at IRMC. They will follow one to three patients and endeavor to assume primary management of their patient(s) as the patient navigates their critical illness. Students should gain basic competency in recognizing pathologies such as sepsis and shock; acute coronary syndrome; acute respiratory failure (various etiologies); and acute neurologic emergencies among many others that require critical care. At the end of the rotation, they should be able to understand the indications for and launch the initial steps in critical care. They will participate in the ongoing maintenance and management of critical care interventions. The exceptionally motivated student may have the opportunity to observe and participate in interventional procedures related to the practice of critical care.

Gastroenterology

IRMC gastroenterology rotation includes daily rounds and routine office hours. Students will have opportunity to attend all endoscopies and colonoscopies with direct attending supervision.

Students will participate in rotation activities based on academic year / clinical experience and comfort level.

Orthopedic surgery

Like many rotations at IRMC, the IRMC orthopedic rotation offers direct access to attendings. Attendings are engaged educators who love to teach. Students will be permitted to assist with orthopedic surgeries. Our orthopedic physicians are the team physicians for a variety of athletic teams at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and work closely with the university's training staff. If you want personal attention and opportunity in orthopedics as a student, this is the rotation for you.

Pediatrics

The pediatric rotation at Indiana Regional Medical Center is an opportunity to interact and care for the youngest members of our community. Responsibilities include both inpatient and outpatient pediatrics. Morning rounds in the newborn nursery and on the pediatrics inpatient floor are followed by outpatient rounds in pediatric offices in Indiana, Blairsville, or Marion Center, PA. Medical students will have direct interaction with a pediatric attendings and will receive ongoing guidance and feedback during the course of the rotation.

Psychiatry

The Mental Health Sciences Division in IPG/NPA is dedicated to medical education. The service consists of a 16 bed geriatric psychiatry unit, a busy outpatient office, a robust consultation liaison service and medical education. The provider staff includes 3 board-certified psychiatrists, one of whom is a fellowship trained and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. There are two nurse practitioners, two physician assistant, three neurologists two masters level and one supervisory PhD-trained psychologist along with multiple externs. Medical students, nurse practitioner students and PA students rotate on the service. It has a well-established history of medical education. ECT service will be added in the near future. Forensic psychiatric cases are also performed. The students are integrated into the service during the rotation and participate in all aspects. In particular, they are introduced to the nuance of the relationship between physician and patient unique to psychiatry. They are taught the biopsychosocial comprehensive assessment of patients. The primary teaching services are the inpatient unit and the consultation liaison service. They are exposed to and perform admission evaluations, follow-up notes, consults. They are expected to present to a combined treatment team, the patients that they are following or have been involved in the admission process. They are introduced to psychotropic medication management, ECT as well as other non-somatic treatments. This service has received multiple good reviews by students in the past. The inpatient unit consistently scores above the 95 percentile on Press Ganey surveys. Neuropsychiatric Associates is considered to be one of the preeminent outpatient programs in Indiana County. The consultation liaison service is extremely busy exemplified by the confidence and value placed upon it by other providers in the group.

Rural family medicine (or family medicine sub-internship)

Our family medicine rotation is a rotation with a variety of outpatient, inpatient and a dash of sports med/OMM. Students will care for members of our close-knit community from newborn to geriatric, grandbabies to great grandmas. Our rural patients are our neighbors and are very appreciative of the care that we provide. Our family physicians see patients in the office, at the local school, at nearby nursing homes and personal care homes, and occasionally at the patient's home. This rotation can also be adapted as a family medicine sub-internship.

Primary care sports medicine/OMM

IRMC Sports Medicine, a primary care medical specialty, provides non-surgical orthopedic care for a spectrum of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions to include sprains and strains, fractures and concussions in both athletes and the general population. Sports Medicine physicians have special training in the musculoskeletal exam and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Treatment techniques range from manual manipulation/OMT to ultrasound-guided injections in order to maximize patient function and facilitate return to sports. IRMC Sports Medicine works closely with the athletic training staff of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and the local high schools in order to provide care for their athletes. We provide competition coverage for the fall and winter seasons of IUP athletics.

Surgery

IRMC staffs five general surgeons as well as a vascular surgeon. Our surgical program is headed by Dr. Dan Clark, a leader and instructor in robotic surgery. Our surgeons are completing national certification as a center for breast cancer care. Twice monthly there is a breast cancer conference in addition to a routine oncology noon conference for interdisciplinary discussion of cases of patients with oncologic diagnoses. Our surgeons rotate coverage at the IRMC Wound Clinic. As with other rotations at IRMC, students have direct, and usually individual access to attendings. Additionally, you won't find a more personable group of surgeons than IRMC's surgical group.

Additional rotations available monthly: Nephrology & Emergency Medicine

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