Predoctoral Education

Third Year Required Clerkship

Family Medicine Education

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a required four-week clinical rotation for third-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.

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.

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