Third Year Clerkship

Medical student in a hospital.

During our family medicine clerkship, you’ll meet weekly for case-based discussions and didactic sessions, care for inpatients and outpatients, and have the unique opportunity to provide continuity of care to a standardized patient.

During small-group discussions, our faculty cover the workup of common acute and chronic conditions in the primary care setting.

Our didactic lectures cover:

  • behavioral medicine
  • addiction
  • preventive screening
  • patient safety
  • global health
  • pediatrics in family medicine
  • primary care gynecology
  • dermatology in primary care
  • medical ethics
  • prenatal care
  • the patient-centered medical home

During your clinical preceptorship, you’ll work with outpatient faculty and community preceptors for a month, and on the family medicine inpatient service at one of our affiliated hospitals for two weeks.

You’ll also train in the Behling Human Simulation Center for a workshop each module in ambulatory procedures, including:

  • joint injections
  • skin biopsy
  • gynecological procedures
  • circumcision
  • colonoscopy

Longitudinal Clinical Experience

Our unique longitudinal clinical exercise gives you hands-on experience providing continuity of care, a skill that most medical trainees don’t learn until residency.

Working at both the Behling Human Simulation Center and the Clinical Competency Center, you’ll care for the same standardized patient for four weekly sessions that simulate six months of care.

As your patient’s case evolves, you’ll:

  • manage chronic disease
  • learn about acute care, hospital care and follow-up
  • use electronic health records
  • give preventive screening tests
  • educate your patient about lifestyle interventions

FMD 700 Family Medicine Clerkship

The goals of this course are to teach medical students the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes involved in the discipline of family medicine, primarily in the diagnosis and management of common undifferentiated problems of patients of all ages in the ambulatory setting and to promote independent learning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The course consists of two components: a clinical preceptorship and small-group teaching sessions. They will have the opportunity to see family medicine patients in various urban, suburban and rural inpatient and outpatient settings, including home visits, nursing home visits, night call and the coordination of patient care with community social agencies.

The tutorial component consists of problem-based learning and independent study.

At an orientation on the first day of the clerkship, each student will receive a detailed syllabus describing clerkship objectives, responsibilities, course curriculum and student evaluation.  

Prerequisite: Junior medical student. This is a required 6-week junior-year clerkship. Contact departmental office for site location. 

Module: Blocks 1-4.

Course Director: Andrew Symons, MD