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 clerkship exposes each student to ambulatory family medicine in a community-based setting. In addition, students attend didactic teaching sessions which present core concepts of family medicine and develop a knowledge base which will be reinforced through their clinical experiences in family medicine health centers.

From 1978 until 1996, the family medicine clerkship was an elective. In July 1996, it became required for all third-year medical students, making family medicine part of the University of Michigan core curriculum for the first time. Today, both academic and community outpatient sites are used for training medical students in the clerkship.

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 
(734) 998‐7138 


Students outside of the 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 their quality of care and reduce disparities in health outcomes for people with disabilities. The Disability Health Elective runs August 31 - September 12, 2020. The next offering will be March 29, 2021 - April 23, 2021. The elective was established the U-M Family Medicine MDisability Program. Learn more about MDisability —>