In this clerkship, medical students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes required to approach a patient and his/her diagnoses in the primary care setting. Students observe how family physicians provide for the ongoing medical needs of their patients within the context of the family and community setting. Additionally, students learn how to focus on discrete portions of a patient’s medical history and physical concerns within the confines of the patient’s total health.
On this clerkship rotation, students meet patients who present with acute medical problems as well as those who are chronically ill or may need preventive health education. Some patients may simply be seeking the support of a physician to cope with the stresses of everyday life. Most importantly, students see patients interacting with their personal physician and witness first-hand the therapeutic power of the doctor-patient relationship.