Overview of Educational Activities

Overview of Educational Activities

The Family Medicine Clerkship is built on the educational theory that students learn best from real patients when that learning is reinforced by didactic seminars and readings. You will spend the majority of the rotation working with experienced Family Medicine clinicians and teachers in outpatient settings. We want you to learn in a thoughtful way and rushing through patients is not a way to do that. You should not try to keep up the pace of your experienced preceptor.

  • We expect that you will see about 7-8 patients a day.
  • Use about 1/2 day each week where you study clinical material in more depth and prepare your assignments (excluding first week when you have the orientation and the last week when you have your exams).

This learning will be further reinforced with didactic teaching. Two key parts of the clerkship are refining your skills at counseling and teaching patients, and learning how to improve the health of populations of patients.

The CARE assignment is a longitudinal assignment that you will complete over the course of the 6 week rotation. This assignment helps students move beyond disease specific guidelines when caring for patients with complex chronic co-morbidities. Students will apply the principles of minimally disruptive medicine, explore social determinants of health, incorporate motivational interviewing, and integrate population management to achieve the following SOM milestones:

• Patient Care and Clinical Skills: Succinctly list cost effective assessment strategies and management plan for core patient types.

• Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Improve oral communication skills with patients

• Medical Knowledge: Develop a more sophisticated understanding of social, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence the health of patients

• Population Health: Describe and apply principles of population health improvement for specific populations with attention to access, cost and clinical outcomes including quality of care, morbidity and mortality, functional status and quality of life. Identify factors that place populations at risk for disease or injury, and select appropriate strategies for risk reduction.

• Professionalism: Develop strategies to deal with difficult situations through self-reflection and peer feedback

Your learning will be augmented by multiple opportunities to improve your clinical skills through direct observation.

  • During the orientation you will participate in a MSK and Procedures Workshop that will improve your skills in these areas.
  • You will be observed providing care during your Observed Patient Encounter and get direct feedback from one of your campus faculty. Your community preceptor will also be encouraged to watch you directly. Finally, your OSCE gives you another opportunity to be observed and get feedback on your clinical skills.

The Essentials of Family Medicine textbook was selected to match the educational objectives of the clerkship. You are encouraged to read in depth about the patients you see during the rotation. The Resource section of the clerkship website is designed to help you further solidify your learning.

A detailed description of the grading process and the weight of each component of the course is described in more detail under Requirements/Grading section.