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Family & Community Medicine - Standardized Patient Program

Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Standardized Patient and Simulation Program
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Family and Community Medicine Clerkship

The Family and Community Medicine Clerkship is a required core rotation for second and third year students at Baylor College of Medicine. In this four week clerkship, you will be assigned to work with a family physician preceptor in the community and learn how to care for patients in an office practice.

You will receive a more detailed list of educational goals and objectives when you take the clerkship, but the major goals are as follows:

  • Demonstrate how to conduct different types of encounters in the ambulatory setting
  • Demonstrate how to diagnose and manage common conditions seen by family physicians
  • Demonstrate how to find evidence-based clinical information at the point-of-care when seeing patients

You will receive teaching through didactic sessions, clinical time with your preceptor and self-learning activities accessible through the Internet. Assessments will occur through your preceptor’s evaluation of your clinical performance, a computer-based knowledge examination, a clinical performance examination with standardized patients and written assignments.

The Clerkship clinical performance examination that occurs in the Simulation Lab at the end of the clerkship consists of three 20 minute encounters with an eight minute post-encounter reflection after each. These encounters will assess your ability to conduct different types of visits that occur in the ambulatory setting.

At the end of the Family and Community Medicine Clerkship, our expectations are that you will be able to diagnose and manage common clinical conditions seen in the ambulatory setting and demonstrate how to conduct different types of ambulatory encounters.

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