The goal of the four-week Family and Community Medicine (FCM) clerkship is to introduce students to the Patient-Centered Medical Home through the breadth and scope of family medicine, including the psychosocial and procedural aspects, particularly as they apply to ambulatory care. The clerkship uses structured learning experiences in the actual task environment of practicing family physicians. It emphasizes integration of comprehensive ambulatory care with community health and resources.


By the end of the FCM clerkship students will have been exposed to, gained experience in, and may be evaluated on the following clinical performance areas: 
---Performing a focused or complete history and physical examination and developing differential diagnoses, reasonable management plans, and appropriate follow-up for a set of symptoms and diagnoses. This clerkship will focus on obesity, smoking cessation and hyperlipidemia. 
---Performing technical and procedural skills commonly utilized in an ambulatory setting and interpretation or performance of related tests and procedures. 
---Giving oral presentations, charting in the electronic health record/dictation, and medical write-ups that demonstrate good use of medical terminology, organization of information and; clear, accurate and logical thoughts/ideas. These vary per site and are not required.