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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Family Medicine Clerkship

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The Family and Community Medicine Clerkship is designed to introduce students to the role and identity of the family physician and demonstrate the family medicine approach to the comprehensive care of common health problems.

Family physician preceptors offer students a view of family medicine as it is in the community. These physicians usually see all members of the family and deal not only with each member's problems but also with the family as a whole. Students will also learn about diseases as they present in the ambulatory setting.

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Information for Family and Community Medicine Clerkship preceptors

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Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Preceptors offer students a view of family medicine as it is in the community. These physicians usually see all members of the family and deal not only with each member's problems but also with the family as a whole. Students will also learn about diseases as they present in the ambulatory setting.

Baylor College of Medicine Core Competency and Graduation Goals for graduating students: These are the competencies and goals that each Baylor student should achieve by graduation. Although a Family and Community Medicine Clerkship student will not have achieved all of these competencies when doing their clerkship, this gives you an idea of how their experience in your office contributes to their overall learning as a medical student.

Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Goals and Objectives: Family and Community Medicine Clerkship should achieve each of these specific objectives at the end of the clerkship. Note that the learning for many of these objectives occurs when the student is in your office and that the assessment of many of these objectives will occur when you complete your evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the clerkship.

Direct Observation Policy: This policy indicates that clerkship students must be directly observed performing a history and physical by the middle of the clerkship. Please document your observation on the E*Value electronic form which your student sends to you. Instructions on how to complete the form are given in the Clerkship Documents section below.

Midterm Feedback Policy: This policy indicates that clerkship students must receive formal feedback from their faculty preceptor by the midpoint of the clerkship. Please use the Weekly Feedback cards to give your student regular, specific feedback throughout the rotation. The cards are attached in the Clerkship Documents section below.

Student Appeals and Grievances: This policy and this website describe what students are to do if they have a concern about the grading of their academic performance or a complaint of mistreatment.

Baylor Compact Between Teachers, Learners and Educational Staff: This document highlights responsibilities of both teachers and learners in the clinical setting. It also discusses important guiding principles such as duty, integrity and respect.

Teaching Faculty Guide for the Family and Community Medicine Clerkship: This guide discusses important items for precepting our Family and Community Medicine Clerkship students. It includes information on the goals and objectives of the clerkship, the student’s schedule, items to include in orienting the students, and suggestions about patient care, teaching and learning, giving feedback and writing a final evaluation.

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Clerkship Documents

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Clinical Experiences Form: This document summarizes clinical conditions that Family and Community Medicine Clerkship students are expected to see on this rotation. Your student will complete an electronic log form which documents that he/she see patients with each of these conditions during their clerkship. No action is required on your part, but please be aware of the clinical conditions that students are expected to see on this clerkship and help them see patients with these conditions.

Direct observation of the student performing a history and physical exam: During the second week of the clerkship, please observe your student performing a focused history and focused physical examination on a patient. In addition to the student’s skill in performing these items, please also note the student’s professionalism in conducting the encounter. Your student will send you a link to an electronic form on E*Value which will enable you to document your observation findings. View instructions on how to complete this form. Please complete and submit the form in the presence of the student and discuss your observations and your feedback to help them improve.

Weekly Student Feedback cards: Please give your student informal feedback as often as possible (after a patient encounter, or end of each day). In addition, at the end of each week, please also take the time to sit down with your student and complete the feedback card for that week. Please rate his/her performance on each of the items listed. For as many items as possible, please also use the designated space to discuss specific ways he/she can address areas of needed improvement.

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For more specific information about the preceptors used on the Core Clerkship in Family and Community Medicine, contact:

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