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Electives Syllabi

Family Medicine

# Family Medicine
# Internal Medicine
# Emergency Medicine
# Surgery
# Pediatrics
# Psychiatry

The purpose of the Family Medicine elective clerkship is to give the student direct involvement and experience in functioning as a primary care family physician which include:

  • gaining an appreciation of the osteopathic family physician's
    role as the physician of first contact that delivers holistic
    family-oriented medical care to patients entering the health
    care system

  • gaining an understanding of family systems concepts, the impact that family functioning and psychosocial/economic factors have on health and illness, and the importance of involving the family in the treatment of the patient in order to provide overall health care

  • gaining knowledge and skills in performing procedures commonly done in the office of the osteopathic family physician

  • gaining skills in communicating effectively with patients and family members

  • gaining a better understanding of how to respond to moral/ethical aspects of patient care

  • improving skills in OMM

  • gaining skills in self-evaluation and self-directed learning

  • gaining skills in presenting patients, both verbally and written

  • acquiring knowledge and skills in the use of community resources for development of a medical care plan and the provision of patient care

The Family Medicine elective rotation should provide practical clinical exposure and knowledge in the area of primary care medicine. This may be accomplished through a variety of learning structures developed to achieve proficiency in the following areas:

  • Exhibit interpersonal skills with patients and their families to facilitate the communication process between physician and patient

  • Develop and implement health promotion protocols and disease prevention plans for patients with and without disease - utilize patient education skills and compliance monitoring skills in the process of implementing these protocols and plans

  • Assess a patient's biological and social environment and use the information to facilitate the development of effective treatment and management strategies

  • Identify community support agencies and describe how they can be utilized by the physicians in his/her preventive care/health promotion efforts with patients and their families

  • Utilize appropriate medical records documentation strategies

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the cost of treatment strategies as well as the ability to utilize cost containment strategies while still providing high quality care

  • Illustrate a knowledge of medical billing procedures

  • Illustrate an awareness of medical, legal and ethical issues and the ability to respond appropriately to these issues

  • Demonstrate appropriate techniques and indications in the use of OMM

  • Display ability to perform history and physicals thoroughly, efficiently, and accurately

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform common clinical procedures performed in Family Medicine

  • Evaluate and develop differential diagnoses for undifferentiated problems

  • Display knowledge about drugs commonly prescribed for patients

  • Explain how to prevent, diagnose, treat, and manage medical diseases/ conditions

  • Recognize medical conditions and concerns and respond appropriately to patients - identify and provide patient education and preventive care strategies

  • Identify and utilize community referral resources

  • Acquire knowledge and skills in appropriate access of community resources for medical care plan and patient care

  • Demonstrate competence in office procedures such as laboratory, diagnostic, therapeutic

  • Experience out-of-office routines such as hospital rounds, surgical assistance, labor and delivery management, hospital staff and committee meetings, and hospital emergency call