Family Medicine Clerkship

The Clerkship in Family Medicine is a required six-week clinical experience for medical students who have completed their pre-clinical educational requirements. Students spend three weeks in an ambulatory office with a community preceptor, one week in the Family Medicine Residency ambulatory clinic with residents, one week on the inpatient Family Medicine Service (FMS) at UnityPoint Health Methodist Hospital, and one week on the Maternal-Neonatal-Pediatric Service (MNPS) at UnityPoint Health Methodist Hospital.

The goals of the clerkship are to expose students to a variety of clinical scenarios in order to build on the skills of historical assessment, physical examination, communication, critical-thinking and decision-making. Students will develop the skills to deliver evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention plans for patients of any age or gender, as well as, evaluate and manage both acute and chronic illnesses in patients of all ages. The expansion of content knowledge is a key component of the family medicine clerkship, but more important, students will develop the skills to deliver compassionate, comprehensive patient-centered care to a diverse array of patients while understanding how context influences the diagnostic process and management decisions. Students will also develop an appreciation for the value of primary care within any health care system.