Medical Student Education

Second Year Required Clerkship

Joel J. Heidelbaugh, M.D., FAAFP, FACG
Joel J. Heidelbaugh, M.D.
Director of Medical Student Education

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a required four-week clinical rotation for second-year medical students at the University of Michigan. The purpose of this clerkship is to expose each student to ambulatory family medicine in a community-based clinical setting. In addition, students will attend didactic teaching sessions which will present core concepts of family medicine and allow them to develop a knowledge base which will be reinforced through their clinical experiences in family medicine offices.

Family medicine encompasses the spectrum of medical care during a patient's life cycle. The student will be exposed to a wide range of clinical experiences, including but not limited to routine health maintenance exams for children and adults, evidence-based preventive medicine, acute care visits, prenatal care, office-based procedures, and chronic medical conditions within the paradigm of population management. Most importantly, the student will be exposed to the concept of primary care and the unique relationship that exists between the patients and their family physician in the patient-centered medical home model.


Student Manual Downloads 

2019 - 2020 Student Manual (PDF)

2019-2020 Preceptor Manual (PDF)

2020-20201 Student Manual (PDF)

Scholarship Opportunities →


For more information, please contact: 

Andrea Murawa
Clerkship Coordinator
[email protected] 
(734) 998‐7138 


Students outside of the University of Michigan who are interested in a rotation in Family Medicine should contact the University of Michigan Medical School Visiting Student Program

 Disability Health Elective (FAMMED 8204)

New Two-Week Elective: Disability Health Developed by MDisability Course Directors: Michael M. McKee, MD, MPH Feranmi Okanlami, MD, MS. Provide a person-centered approach to caring for patients who have disabilities, improve quality of care, and reduce di


The Disability Health Elective is a 2-week course for medical students in the branches to rotate among different clinics specializing in disability-based care (e.g., Deaf Health, Adaptive Sports Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Low Vision, etc.) Students will be introduced to elements of disability theory, clinical practice, disability law, and implications for policy. The course will also incorporate small group discussions and online training with the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program. The overarching goal of the course is to enable medical students to be able to provide a person-centered approach to caring for patients who have disabilities. This effort is to improve the quality of care and reduce disparities in health outcomes for people with disabilities. The Disability Health Elective is offered in Sept, January, and April. The elective was established by the U-M Family Medicine MDisability Program. Learn more about MDisability —>