Welcome letter from Family Medicine Clerkship Director:
On behalf of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, welcome to the third year family medicine clerkship. The specialty of Family Medicine (FM) has a long history of caring for people of all ages in their communities through a patient-centered and team-based approach. We want to share this practice with you through on- and off-campus experiences. For those of you who are completing an AHEC rotation, you will have the option to live and work in one of the many rural communities across the state. Our Voluntary Faculty preceptors in the community graciously share their practice and their valuable time as part of their commitment to help us fulfill our educational mission.
Over the next four weeks, you will be immersed in the practice of primary and preventive care in order to:
- Identify, evaluate and manage a variety of acute and chronic conditions in the outpatient setting
- Compare the impact of acute vs preventive care and understand the roles of each
- Apply evidence-based guidelines to individual patient situations in a busy clinical setting
- Understand the impact of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Model on quality and cost-effectiveness of care
Overall, we hope this experience improves your understanding of our present health care delivery system, so you may make better choices in providing patient-centered care in your future medical career.
I hope you enjoy the time with us. Please email me with any comments, questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you!