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Updated: 08/18/21

Advanced Family Medical Knowledge and Personal and Professional Development

*This course is not being offered in Academic Year 2022-2023 &  Academic Year 2023-2024

Must complete M3 Core Clerkship in Family Medicine.

This elective is meant for students who have a strong interest in family medicine as a career. It is well known that the intern year is exhausting and often overwhelming: a new environment with high expectations, new peers, new faculty, and many times, knowledge and skill demands. This course is intended to help jumpstart the residency experience by providing M4s with an opportunity to learn some survival essentials for a Family Medicine internship. The course will address the review of core clinical knowledge (through completion of tested computer-based clinical cases and comparison with student’s clinic experiences), and skills for stress-management and personal resource identification to provide support and build confidence.

This course will enhance students’ knowledge and skills in various areas: application of knowledge to common clinical cases; and personal and professional development.

Students can acquire 2 credits by completing the components outlined below.  The students’ learning activities will be guided by Family Medicine faculty.

A.  Application of Knowledge to Commonly Encountered Clinical Problems 
– Students will complete 10-15 clinical cases from a pre-selected list of 15 MedU (fmCASES) of common family medicine medical case scenarios. Students are required to identify key points learned and identify an additional question and use primary data to answer it. For each case, students will identify a past case with similar diagnosis and describe ways that learning points from the fmCASE could have improved clinical diagnosis and/or management.

B. Personal and Professional Development
– Students will self-assess current strengths and stressors and engage in discussion with a faculty member to identify a specific focus area (Personal Project) to improve coping and resilience. The personal project will include literature review, website resource exploration, practice and critical review of practice, and discussion of project’s potential impact. Student will strengthen knowledge. literature review skills, and confidence in addressing personal stressors. A final meeting with faculty is required to discuss implications of project and transfer knowledge to patient care.

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  • Program Contacts

    Course Director: Kim Hargis, M.D.
    Program Coordinator: Pamela Czerwinski

  • Program Information

    Duration: 2 weeks
    Students Accepted: Min. 0 Max. 1
    Housestaff used as faculty: Yes
    Lectures/conferences/faculty contact: 3 hours

    Total average hours/week: 36-40

  • Reporting Instructions

    Report to University Health Services at 835 S. Wolcott Suite E-144 at 9:00 AM on the first day of rotation.