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Electives Syllabi

Family Medicine

# Family Medicine
# Internal Medicine
# Emergency Medicine
# OB/GYN
# Surgery
# Pediatrics
# Psychiatry

Purpose:
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

Objectives:
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