School of Medicine
University of Patras
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Undergraduate Courses

Internal Medicine (Clinical Training)

Semester 11th & 12th ()

Hours Teaching 0 hours, Laboratory 0 hours, Tutorial 0 hours , Clinical Training 35 hours (per week)



The purpose of this course is to train the students of the 6th year in the exercise of clinical practice and in the acquisition of the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for the postgraduate medical practice. During the six weeks of exercise, the students are incorporated in the nursing-education units of the Internal Medicine Clinic for 4 weeks and then in the Hematology Unit of Internal Medicine Clinic for 2 weeks.

Students are acting as assistants. They take over patients that are hospitalized and are responsible for writing the medical history of the patients. Students have to monitor the daily progress of their patients and actively participate with their group members in the diagnostic and therapeutic access of these patients.

After consultation and with the guidance of doctors in the team, the responsible for the patient student conduct therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. These include blood sampling, taking arterial blood, chest puncture, puncture of ascites fluid, placing nasogastric catheter, bladder catheterization, etc.

Students must have full and daily updates on the progress of their patients and they should be able to accurately report the status of patients to the attending physician of the team when requested.


Students are on call at the external call of the nursing unit to which they belong. The working hours are 3pm-10pm on weekdays and 8am-10pm on holidays. From the start of the call they are presented to the team members that are in charge and they assign them appropriate tasks. During the call the students are in constant contact with the responsible doctors on call, and they refer to them as for the settlement of the delegated tasks. They must also be constantly accessible by doctors on call, who must know where their students are and what they deal with. Students should also be on duty on 1-2 internal calls.

Students attend and actively participate in the educational process, as scheduled by the clinic in which they incumbent.