FAM 3001: Family Medicine Core

Class Program
Credits 8

The Family Medicine Clerkship will provide didactic, simulation, and clinical exposure to various aspects of general family medicine. Students will begin the course with one-week of synchronous virtual sessions and asynchronous material. The second week includes a 2-day on-campus intensive, which emphasizes acquiring and demonstrating competency in women╩╝s health, neonatology, and pediatrics skills-set development followed by a 3rd day of virtual assessments. Students will be given the opportunity to receive formative and constructive feedback using simulation to increase competency in these key clinical skills under the guidance of practicing clinicians. Students will then gain knowledge and experience and demonstrate competence in diagnosing and managing various acute and chronic medical conditions in the inpatient and/or outpatient clinical setting through clinical experience. In addition, students will become competent in a broad spectrum of primary care preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic challenges within patients of various ages, genders, and cultures.

It is critical to note that the clinical clerkship experience is not intended to instruct the student on everything about Family Medicine nor provide the student with clinical experience in every aspect of the discipline. The Clerkship Director and the assigned Preceptor may provide educational guidance, but it is each student's responsibility to learn the subject content. Lifelong self-learning is the goal and is expected in this core clinical clerkship. In addition, students must show that adequate direct patient care experience has been achieved by demonstrating adequate patient log support of an average of at least four outpatients or two inpatients per day.


Successful completion of all pre-clinical (Year 1 and Year 2) coursework and passing score on COMLEX Level 1.