Family & Community Medicine

Family Medicine Clerkship

Clerkship Goals & General 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, and include the following.

Upon completion of the six-week Family Medicine Clerkship, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic clinical skills essential to practicing medicine effectively and use a family medicine approach to the diagnosis and management of problems commonly seen in the family medicine setting
    • collect an appropriate history
    • perform an accurate physical exam directed to the patient’s problems(s)
    • generate a reasonable differential diagnosis and problem list
    • formulate a basic plan for diagnostic treatment
    • identify and prioritize a patient’s problems
    • formulate a plan for a patient who presents with multiple undifferentiated problems
    • assess and manage common and acute problems
    • present a case in a clear, organized and efficient manner
    • document patient care information in the medical record
  2. Establish effective physician-patient relationships
    • establish rapport with a patient
    • use vocabulary appropriate for the patient
    • assess patient’s understanding
    • use appropriate listening skills
    • show empathy and compassion
    • demonstrate respect for the individuality, values and rights of the patient and his/her family
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the principles of health promotion, disease prevention and patient education
    • describe appropriate and cost-effective screening tools and protocols for health maintenance in specific populations
    • list health risk factors for a patient based on age, gender, medical history and social history of the patient and his/her family
    • counsel patients and families about signs and serious effects of harmful personal behaviors and habits
    • list indications and schedules for immunizations in all age groups
  4. Further develop his/her professional role as a physician
    • demonstrate self-directed learning and self-assessment
    • attend promptly and prepare for all activities
    • show respect for patient confidentiality
    • show respect for patients, colleagues, peers and ancillary health care workers
    • describe the legalities of the physician/patient relationship and the application to a student physician
    • behave in a morally and ethically appropriate manner

Site-specific Objectives

During the six-week Family Medicine Clerkship, every attempt will be made to expose the student to a wide variety of clinical presentations and important clinical problems. The student may be exposed to any or all of the following; the student is responsible for the demonstration of adequate knowledge and skills in these areas if included in the clerkship experience at his/her respective family medicine center.

  • techniques in basic office and laboratory procedures
  • the role and responsibilities of the family physician in the process of consultation and referral
  • community resources that exist to meet the needs of patients and their families
  • therapies and medications considering cost, benefits and risks
  • the impact of gender, life stage, cultural background and socioeconomic status on a patient’s health care needs


Joanne Fabick
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6770

Department Chair

John Boltri, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6787

Department of Family & Community Medicine

College of Medicine at NEOMED