1st Propaedeutic Internal Medicine Dpt

Professor - Director: Apostolos Hatzitolios

1. Aim
The clinic is responsible for educating students attending the 6th, 9th, 11th and 12th semester of Medical Education. Education is carried out both theoretically and on practical terms, during medical rounds in patient rooms. The clinic is also responsible for provision of full time authorized education for SHO of Internal Medicine, as well as the two prerequisite years of Internal Medicine training for other fields of medical specialties

The clinic is situated inside the premises of AHEPA hospital, and is responsible for the provision of tertiary health care in patients attending the outpatient department or those admitted in the emergency department.

The aim of the clinic is to provide the best available education in medical students and senior house officers, as well as to apply the best medical services to incoming patients, either those admitted to Hospital, or those attending the Outpatient departments.

2. Historic data
The clinic was founded in 1943, the same year that the Medical School of Thessaloniki was founded. Its first head of department was Prof. Deligiannis, an associate professor of the University of Athens. The clinic initially settled in a different Hospital, namely the Kentrikon (Central) Hospital, nowadays known as G. Genimatas. In 1967 the clinic has moved to its present facilities. á

The clinic was responsible for the elaboration of numerous doctoral thesis and research scientific papers. Members of educational and research personnel overcome all difficulties to cope with the extreme amount of work that needs to be done, including medical rounds, night shifts, attending scheduled outpatient clinics, educating the students, while at the same time participate in research programs.

3. Clinic Identity

The clinic is situated on the first floor of the Old Building Complex of AHEPA Hospital and comprises 51 beds: three rooms consisting of 8 beds, one room with 4 beds, five rooms of 3 beds (one of which is for intensive care patients), three 2-beds rooms and two one-bed rooms. The clinic is divided into two wings with patient rooms and one wing with laboratories, offices for the Professor-Director and a conference room.

Head of the clinic is the Professor, who is responsible for the coordination of Educational, Nursing and Research work. The director is in continuous communication with the Secretary of Medical School and the Hospital Administration. He's, also, responsible for the operation of Clinical Laboratories.

The secretary is responsible for students' affairs, as well as to inform the members of education and research personnel for all incoming decisions, irrespective of the source (University, Hospital, Medical School). The secretary is also responsible for the correspondence and communication of the clinic.

4. Scientific personnel
Nine members of ERP work in the clinic, namely one Professor, three associate Professors ad five lecturer. The clinic employs a doctor of the national health system and 20 scientific assistants.

5. Departments
┴. Internal Medicine á(┴1, ┴2 and ┴3)
┬. Hematology and Gastroenterology
C. Diabetes and Metabolism
D. Musculoskeletal diseases
E. Nephrology
F. Hypertension
G. Vascular diseases
H. Hepatology

6. Laboratories
┴. Internal Medicine
┬. Hematology
C. Endoscopy
D. Nephrology
┼. Hypertension and vascular diseases
F. Clinical Trials
G. Hepatology

7. Scheduled Outpatient Department
The clinic is responsible for the operation of Medical Outpatient Services, including all the relevant medical specialties, which form part of the clinic management. Medically responsible for each Outpatient Department is a specialized doctor, or a doctor of the corresponding educational and research personnel. Senior house officers and special medical assistants provide special help, in order to facilitate the proper function of each department.
┴. Internal Medicine
┬. Hepatology
C. Hypertension
D. Diabetes
┼. Blood clotting disorders
F. Hematology
G. Musculoskeletal diseases
ă. Non alcoholic fatty liver disease
I. Lipid disorders
J. Stroke disease
K. Diabetic nephropathy

8. Support in other Clinics- Consulting
Members of the Research and Educational Personnel serve as consultants for other clinics, regarding internal medicine, hypertension, hematology, gastroenterology, nephrology, diabetes and musculoskeletal problems, according to their specialty.

9. Patient information procedures
Patient relatives are informed only by the doctors that look after them, usually at 13:30 or 14:00 pm. No information is given to anyone that is not related to a patient, in order to maintain medical confentiality.

10. Visiting hours- Patient escorts
Visiting hours are in accordance with the Hospital decision, between 16:00 and 18:00 pm. No escorts are allowed inside the wards, especially during medical examination.

11. Archive
Patient data are collected and stored at the Hospital's General Archive, while admitted patient records are kept on doctors' offices. There's a separate archive for the endoscopic department. Every specialized medical department stores their data on electronic form.

12. Training material
The clinic owns two portable computers and two video projectors, to facilitate educational issues. It also has models for CPR, as well as models for blood sampling, IV saline insertion, prostate finger examination and cyst catheter insertion. Finally, there are two microscopes (in the Hematology Lab), that can serve a simultaneous observation.

13. Library
The library contains many medical issues, both old and modern, as well as medical journals.

14. Research work
Research work is carried out by members of the ERP (educational and research personnel), usually simultaneously with the educational and treatment duties. Scientific papers contacted in the clinic comprise original papers, retrospective papers and case reports, as well as experimental papers, which are mainly part of a doctoral thesis. áResearch fields

A. Research field
Research field depends on the specialty and the special interest of the members of ERP, but are subject to the infrastructure of the Hospital. To conduct a scheduled research the Bioethics Committee of the Hospital should provide its accreditation. Drug research should be approved by the national drugs administration. á

┬. Publication procedures
Scientific papers are published in both Greek and international Congresses. The names of researches appear in accordance with their contribution to the paper. In order to achieve the best perspectives, members of the ERP should participate in numerous publications in well known scientific international journals.

├. Elaboration of doctoral thesis (DT)
The procedure includes the following:

  • In no case should the duration of elaboration of DT be less than three (3) years.
  • During the elaboration all three members of the advocative committee are considered responsible for the completion of DT.
  • The candidate should submit 3 annual reports to the General Assembly of the corresponding sector.
  • The candidate should provide a comprehensive letter of 20 pages, regarding the progression of his/her DT (monography).

In accordance with the internal regulation of the Medical School of Thessaloniki, the maximum amount of elaborations depends on the available members of ERP. Candidates for DT are considered theá honorary scientific associates, the SHO and specialized doctors of the clinic, or doctors of other clinics, with the condition that they can handle verbal and writing communication skills, which are necessary, and are also hard working and dedicated.

The certain procedure is strictly followed for every candidate and is subject to the rules of the Medical School. The minimum duration of elaboration is 3 years and the candidate should be supervised by those appointed to guide him/her, throughout the whole phase of the elaboration.

The three member committee should provide annual progression report to the general assembly of the School, where it's confirmed that the candidate actively participated in the elaboration of DT. After the completion of DT, and before the thesis is presented, the candidate must present at least one written document, in the form of scientific paper, that is published in a Greek or international medical journal.

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