Family Medicine Clerkship

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a 6-week clerkship experience, in which students spend their time in an ambulatory clinic setting caring for patients ranging from the newborn to geriatric population.  Students, in working with family medicine physicians, will take histories, perform physical examinations and counsel patients on a myriad of common chronic medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension and depression.  Students will also provide care for acute medical issues and counsel patients on preventive care.  Finally, students will engage in didactic experiences, ranging from lectures, small groups and team-based learning on issues important to Family Medicine. 

Assessment Methods Grade Composition
Written Clinical Evaluations 45%
Didactic Session Performance 15%
SACC Project 15%
Final Exam 25%
Objectives
1. Gather accurate and thorough histories from a patients presenting for common presentations in ambulatory family medicine.
2. Perform a focused, pertinent physical exam for common presentations in ambulatory family medicine.
3. Formulate appropriate differential diagnoses and initial diagnostic and therapeutic plans for patients presenting with acute and chronic conditions in an ambulatory family medicine office.
4. Organize and succinctly summarize information from a patient encounter in an ambulatory family medicine setting in an oral presentation.
5. Organize and succinctly summarize information from a patent encounter in an ambulatory family medicine setting in a progress note.
6. Apply relevant clinical evidence to develop preventive care interventions and acute and chronic disease diagnostic and treatment plans for patients in an ambulatory family medicine setting.
7. Demonstrate advanced patient communication skills regarding the interpretation of tests and guidelines, the pathophysiology of disease and chosen interventions.
8. Reflect on encounters with patients and colleagues to understand role of biases and improve clinical care
9. Describe the critical role of family physicians within any health care system
10. Design a community based intervention addressing the social and community context of a particular health issue affecting the community surrounding an outpatient health center.
11. Describe the indications, contraindications, and complications of common ambulatory procedures and perform the procedures in a simulated environment.