Family Medicine

There are two electives to choose from in Family Medicine:

1) Outpatient Family Medicine

2) Inpatient Family Medicine

Outpatient Family Medicine

This elective will introduce the student to the concepts of Family Medicine, including the comprehensive health care provided in the outpatient setting. A major emphasis will be placed on practical, clinical experience through direct patient care. The Family Medicine elective clerkship trains the student in the broad range of patient problems cared for in Family Medicine, with particular emphasis on patient interviewing, clinical procedures, diagnosis, and the use of community resources. The clerkship often helps students to clarify their career goals concerning Family Medicine.

Inpatient Family Medicine

This elective will introduce the student to the concepts of Family Medicine, a specialty which provides continuous and comprehensive health care on a primary basis to families. A major emphasis will be placed on practical, clinical experience through direct patient care. Students will develop a close working relationship with Family Medicine residents and faculty.  This four week clerkship introduces students to the role of the family physician in caring for hospitalized patients. While most of the work‐load and many of the distinctive skills of the family physicians are centered in the office practice, some of the patients seen in the office must from time to time be admitted to the hospital. For the hospitalized patients, the family physician remains the primary physician. Compared to patients seen in the office, however, a greater proportion of the problems of hospitalized patients require consultations with and referrals to other specialists. Management of the care of the hospitalized patient, and especially of the relationships among physicians and other health care providers in the hospital, is the major focus of attention in this clerkship.