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San Francisco Internal Medicine Clerkships

The San Francisco Medical Center has an active academic clinical clerkship program. All medical students are assigned a faculty mentor to welcome them and oversee their clinical activities while in San Francisco. We find subinternships are an excellent time for medical students to meet our faculty, see our medical center, and see our teaching program in action. We also view this as an opportunity to meet prospective residents and future faculty members. All medical students have the opportunity to meet with the program director on a regular basis. We insure that all students receive an exit interview and students completing rotations may apply for residency at the San Francisco Center without returning for a residency interview.

Internal Medicine

We welcome fourth year medical students as subinterns on our inpatient services and intensive care units. We give them as much responsibility as they can handle – up to four or five patients at a time if they choose. We assign one subintern to each team. Subinterns participate in every activity of the resident teaching program. They attend the morning resident’s report between 8 t0 9 a.m., and devote the rest of the morning to patient care and work rounds with a resident.


We offer fourth year medical students a one-month rotation with the Department of Cardiology under the guidance of the Internal Medicine Residency. This experience involves participation in Cardiology CCU rounds, Cardiology inpatient consults, and all of the teaching experiences offered by the Internal Medicine Residency program. Optional experiences include EKG readings, ECHO, and conventional CT angiography, and weekly cardiology catheterization lab conferences.

Critical Care

The San Francisco Medical Center has recently added an outstanding rotation in the critical care medicine for medical students. The intensive care units at our medical center function largely as closed units and are staffed with full time intensivists. This staffing model makes for an excellent teaching environment. Few other centers nationally are able to offer this critical care delivery model. Medical students set their own curriculum and scheduling. Responsibilities are individualized and flexible.

For more information and frequently asked questions, please see General Policies and Information, or contact:

Helen Lee, GME Program Coordinator
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center
2425 Geary Boulevard/Room M-160
San Francisco, CA 94115-3395
Phone: (415) 833-3034, Fax: (415) 833-4983