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M3 Family Medicine Clerkship

The Family Medicine Core Clerkship is a 4‑week rotation in which students work one-on-one in the outpatient setting with community family physicians.

Our clinical preceptors are committed to teaching future physicians. We also have weekly didactic sessions where the faculty teach key topics.

Objectives of the clerkship are:

  • 1. Learn how to diagnose and treat common clinical problems confronted by family physicians.
  • 2. Obtain a focused or comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate to the constraints of the encounter and the patient's presenting complaint.
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic sciences and their application to the practice of medicine and to medical research.
  • 4. Generate differential diagnoses for patient's problems, with special consideration of the common disorders that present in a primary care setting.
  • 5. Develop a reasonable evaluation and treatment plan for the patient, taking into account patient preferences, psychological state, cultural background, financial resources and other life circumstances.
  • 6. Present and document patient visits accurately and effectively.
  • 7. Communicate effectively with patients and their families
  • 8. Learn the role and essential characteristics of family physicians and the role of health care providers in their team.
  • 9. Describe and research resources important in ensuring patient and community health.
  • 10. Support the importance of being mentors to members of your community.
  • 11. Demonstrate an understanding of mental health issues in primary care.
  • 12. Conduct professional relationships with patients, staff and colleagues.
  • 13. Exhibit the highest moral and ethical standards in the care of patients and in their interactions with others.
  • 14. Solve clinical problems by generating clinical questions and answering them with the best evidence through effective searches of electronic databases.
  • 15. Practice efficiently searching electronic databases to find the best available answers to clinical questions.
  • 16. Practice assessing the internal and external validity of resources for answering clinical questions.
  • 17. Demonstrate the ability to apply best evidence (regardless of the level or strength of evidence) to individual patients, taking into account potential biological variability, personal financial issues, patient preferences, cultural issues and access to care considerations. Understand roles of members of health care team and appropriate use of resources.
  • 18. Support the importance of quality and safety as determinants of health care delivery.
  • 19. Understand health care systems and their effect on health care delivery.

Contact Information

Sonia Oyola MD
Clerkship Director
Room 156; (773) 702-5509
Shewanna Wackman
Medical Education Coordinator, UofC
Room M-156; (773) 834-6852
Damaris Chaparro
Medical Education Coordinator, Northshore
(847) 657-1884

Helpful Links

fmCases - MedU

Precepting Sites: Interactive Map

Course Readings

M3 Clerkship Handbook
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