M3 Family Medicine Elective

The Family Medicine Elective is a 2-week rotation in which students work one-on-one in the outpatient setting with a community family physician, engage in a lifestyle medicine curriculum, practice shared-decision making and motivational interviewing communication skills with a standardized patient, practice important End of Life conversations with seniors at a local retirement facility and spend time every week volunteering with one of our many community agency partners.

Our clinical preceptors and their staff are committed to teaching future physicians. Our weekly didactic sessions also include key topics like Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Integrative Approaches to Chronic Pain, Routine Health Maintenance (Preventative Medicine) to name a few.

Advance Care Directives

Palliative Access Through Care at Home (PATCH):



Pippett, Karly, Li, Marlana and Gurgle, Holly. Diabetes Mellitus: diagnosis and screening. Am Fam Physician. 2016;93(2):103-109.

Steinberg, Joshua and Carlson, Lyndsay. Type 2 Diabetes Therapies: A STEPS Approach. Am Fam Physician. 2019;99(4):237-243.

Howard-Thompson, Amanda, Khan, Muneeza, Jones, Morgan, and George, Christa. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Outpatient Insulin Management. Am Fam Physician. 2018;97(1):29-37.

Healthy Lifestyle:


Domestic Violence


Intimate Partner Violence:

Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Recommendation Statement:


Futures Without Violence:

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:

Domestic Violence -- American Academy of Family Physicians


EBM Resources

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF):


Trip Database:



login/password information in handbook

Off campus:

Centre for Health Evidence Users' Guide:

SORT taxonomy: Ebell MH, Siwek J, Weiss BD, et al. Strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT): a patient-centered approach to grading evidence in the medical literature. Am Fam Physician. 2004;69(3):548-556.


Family Planning


Contraception Choices in Women with Underlying Medical Conditions:

Emergency Contraception: An Underutilized Resource:

Options Counseling: Techniques for Caring for Women with Unintended Pregnancies:

Patient Education Resources:

Your Birth Control Options:

Early Abortion Options:

IUD Fact Sheet:

Additional Resources:

United States Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use:

Reproductive Health Access Project:

The World Health Organization Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraception (MEC):

Emergency Contraceptive Pills (Medical and Service Delivery Guidelines):

Family Planning Article List from American Family Physician: 


Health Maintenance and Screening:

Health Maintenance in Women:

The main website for this lecture is U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF):

Students should download the electronic preventive service selector:

Students should also use the updated immunization recommendations from:

Riley M, Locke AB, Skye EP. Health maintenance in school-aged children: Part I. History, physical examination, screening and immunizations. Am Fam Physician. 2011;83(6):683-688.

Riley M, Locke AB, Skye EP. Health maintenance in school-aged children: Part II. Counseling recommendations. Am Fam Physician. 2011;83(6):689-694.

Montalto NJ. Implementing the guidelines for adolescent preventive services. Am Fam Physician. 1998;57(9):2181-2188, 2189-2190.

Spalding MC, Sebesta SC. Geriatric screening and preventive care. Am Fam Physician. 2008;78(2):206-215.



Screening and Diagnosis:

NHLBI Expert Panel Releases Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health Risk Reduction in Children (Practice Guidelines):

Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults (Putting Prevention into Practice):

AAP Clinical Report on Lipid Screening in Children (Practice Guidelines):

Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults: Recommendation Statement (US Preventive Services):


Statins for Primary Cardiovascular Prevention (Cochrane for Clinicians):

AHA Releases Scientific Statement on Cardiovascular Health in Childhood (Practice Guidelines):


ACC/AHA Release Updated Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce ASCVD Risk (Practice Guidelines):

Fish Oil for Treatment of Dyslipidemia (FPIN's Clinical Inquiries):

Endocrine Society Releases Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of Hypertriglyceridemia (Practice Guidelines):

Pharmacologic Treatment of Hyperlipidemia:




Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents (Putting Prevention into Practice):

Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: Recommendation Statement (US Preventive Services Task Force):

Pharmacotherapy for Mild Hypertension (Cochrane for Clinicians):

Diagnosis of Secondary Hypertension: An Age-Based Approach:


Nonpharmacologic Management of Hypertension: What Works?

Common Questions About the Initial Management of Hypertension:

JNC8 Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension in Adults:

First-Line Treatment for Hypertension:

Blood Pressure Treatment Targets for Uncomplicated Hypertension:

Evaluation and Treatment of Severe Asymptomatic Hypertension:

Complications and Special Situations:

High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents:

Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Difficult-to-Control or Resistant Hypertension:


Integrative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center:

Integrative Medicine: Improving Health Care for Patients and Health Care Delivery for Providers and Payors:


Prenatal Care

Kirkham C, Harris S, Grzybowski S. Evidence-based prenatal care: Part I. General prenatal care and counseling issues. Am Fam Physician. 2005;71(7):1307-1316.

Kirkham C, Harris S, Grzybowski S. Evidence-based prenatal care: part II. Third-trimester care and prevention of infectious diseases. Am Fam Physician. 2005;71(8):1555-1560.

Lu MC. Recommendations for preconception care. Am Fam Physician. 2007;76(3):397-400.

Prine LW, Macnaughton H. Office management of early pregnancy loss.Am Fam Physician. 2011;84(1):75-82.>


Shared Decision Making

Elwyn G, Frosch D, Thomson T, Joseph-Williams N, Lloyd A, Kinnersley P, Cording E, Tomson D, Dodd C, Rollnic S, Edwards A, Barry M. Shared Decision Making: A Model for Clinical Practice. JGIM 27(10): 1361-1367.

Patient, help heal thyself: A case for letting patients help pick their treatments by Dr. Glyn Elwyn and Eric Weinberger. Boston Globe. October 13. 2013.


Sports Medicine

Kinkade S. Evaluation and treatment of acute low back pain. Am Fam Physician. 2007;75(8):1181-1188.

Patient, help heal thyself: A case for letting patients help pick their treatments by Dr. Glyn Elwyn and Eric Weinberger. Boston Globe. October 13. 2013.
Ivins D. Acute ankle sprain: an update. Am Fam Physician. 2006;74(10):1714-1720.

Quillen DM, Wuchner M, Hatch RL. Acute shoulder injuries. Am Fam Physician. 2004;70(10):1947-1954.

Calmbach WL, Hutchens M. Evaluation of patients presenting with knee pain: Part I. History, physical examination, radiographs, and laboratory tests. Am Fam Physician. 2003;68(5):907-912.

Calmbach WL, Hutchens M. Evaluation of patients presenting with knee pain: Part II. Differential diagnosis. Am Fam Physician. 2003;68(5):917-922.

Tiemstra J. Update on Acute Ankle Sprains. Am Fam Physician. 2012;85(12):1170-1176.