Family Medicine Clerkship
The Family Medicine Clerkship is a six-week clinical rotation that is designed to provide all third-year medicine (M3) students with:
- an introduction to the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes of the discipline of family medicine that are essential to the fundamental education of all physicians,
- opportunities to apply these basic knowledge, attitudes and skills to the care they deliver to patients and families during the rotation, and
- a working knowledge of the role of the family physician in the health care delivery system.
Clerkship Goals & Objectives
The overall goal of the Family Medicine Clerkship is the mastery of the basic core competencies that are essential for practice as a competent physician focused on the AAMC competencies. The Family Medicine Clerkship will focus on these competencies in the context of the delivery of care for patients of varying ages, from birth to geriatrics in the in- and out-patient family medicine environment regardless of the student’s career focus.
Students must meet minimum performance requirements to complete the Family Medicine Clerkship satisfactorily.
Clinical Experiential Director & Course Directors
Dr. David Sperling is Clinical Experiential Director for the Family Medicine Clerkship, and Senior Director of Clinical Experiential Learning, and in collaboration with Dr. Susan Nofziger, Director of M3 Clinical Experiences, provides oversight for the clerkship providing oversight for the clerkship. In his role as Clinical Experiential Director, Dr. Sperling is responsible for ensuring that implementation of the Family Medicine Clerkship curriculum is comparable across all teaching sites.
David M. Sperling, M.D.
Susan Nofziger, M.D.
David Ruble, M.S.
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