Introduction to Third Year Clerkship:

Welcome to the Department of Family and Community Medicine's Third Year Clerkship. Rather than defining the content of this course in terms of the setting, we have chosen to focus on the approach to the ambulatory patient. The clerkship's activities are planned to introduce you to the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that all physicians need when faced with such a patient.

The curiculum for this course focuses more on the process of evaluating and treating a new patient or problem, and is not limited by a specific content. A Core content will be addressed that is central to the acute, chronic and preventive care that family physicians deliver; however, in addition, each of you will gain knowledge and skills in the specific areas relevant to the patients you see. While this will lead to a different experience for each student, all of you will be developing a framework within which you can ititiate evaluation and care for any patient, regardless of clinical setting or problem, and do so in a fashion that fosters an ongoing relationship with the patient.

Goals and Objectives:

  • I. Students should demonstrate an ability to evaluate and manage common acute and chronic ambulatory illnesses in a well-reasoned manner.
  • II. Students will be able to develop a patient-centered approach to the evaluation and management of patients commonly seen in the Family Medicine setting.
  • III. Students will be able to develop and refine the basic clinical skills of interviewing patients and performing an accurate physical exam.
  • IV. Students will be able to apply the principles of longitudinal and comprehensive health care, including consideration of familial, community, and cultural influences on health behavior.
  • V. Students will be able to apply the principles of preventive medicine in a primary care setting.
  • VI. Students will develop professional values and attitudes, and apply ethical principles to the physician-patient relationship.