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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Medical Student Education


Our Commitment to You


We are committed to providing quality education in family medicine and generalist medicine and to prepare students for today's demanding medical environment. One unique feature of our curriculum is the use of standardized patients to evaluate and give feedback on your performance in handling clinical situations. Another important feature is the use of office-based preceptors to teach the essentials of primary care and family medicine and to serve as role models. Through all of our required courses and electives, we seek to develop thoughtful, competent and compassionate physicians.

We welcome your interest and urge you to browse through our website for more information on each course offering. Please contact us if you have questions or desire more detailed information.


Patient, Physician and Society


This first- and second-year course teach students about interviewing, medical history taking, physical examination, professional values, and the social context of patients and physicians. Alicia Kowalchuk, D.O. serves as course director.




Under the guidance and direction of William Huang, M.D., the Family and Community Medicine Clerkship introduces students to the role and identity of the family physician and demonstrates the family medicine approach to the comprehensive care of common health problems.




The Department of Family and Community Medicine offers several preclinical electives (e.g., Medical Spanish, History of Medicine, Compassion and the Art of Medicine), non-clinical electives (e.g., Health Services Research, Underserved Care Clinic, Community Project in Underserved Care), and clinical electives (e.g., Care for the Underserved, Hospice and Palliative Care, Immigrant Medicine). Anjali Aggarwal, M.D. is the lead electives officer for the department.


Medical Student Education Contacts


William Huang, M.D.
Director, Medical Student Education
Phone: (713) 798-6271
Fax: (832) 787-1307
Email: williamh@bcm.edu

Elvira Ruiz
Course Coordinator, Core Clerkship
Phone: (713) 798-8028
Fax: (832) 787-1307
Email: eruiz@bcm.edu

Bridget Angel
Sr. Academic Coordinator
Phone: (713) 798-6590
Email: bridget.angel@bcm.edu