The Fundamentals of Family Medicine Clerkship is a required four-week clinical rotation for third-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 practice and allow them to develop a knowledge base which will be reinforced through their clinical experiences in family practice 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, preventive medicine, acute care visits, prenatal care, and dealing with chronic medical problems. 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.