Family Medicine Rotation
This clerkship is offered to fourth year students in good standing at U.S. Medical and Osteopathic Schools and may be completed as a two- or four-week rotation.
- Conroe Regional Medical Center
- Lone Star Community Health Center
Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of the experience in the Family Medicine Clerkship are to provide the medical student with a good grounding in the database and skills of family medicine as well as internal medicine and specialties. It is expected that the medical student will become familiar with appropriate diagnostic pathways, appropriate consultation, delivery of cost-efficient health care, familiarity with the psycho-social context of diseases and the acquisition of appropriate procedural skill.
- The cognate body of knowledge necessary to diagnose and develop treatment or management plans for the most common clinical problems encountered in general adult medicine.
- The ability to recognize the less common disorders and be able to provide counseling and basic information to the patient regarding these disorders, as well as the ability to obtain an appropriate consultation or initiate a referral.
- An understanding of the application of specialized diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and intervention; likewise an appreciation of the need to stay abreast of new technology and research.
- Ability to provide and apply preventive health measures and information to the care of the adult medicine patient.
- The ability to perform a complete and accurate physical examination.
- Ability to perform and interpret electrocardiograms.
- Ability to interpret chest x-rays.
- Ability to interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests and reports, including an understanding of fluid and electrolyte problems.
- Observe procedures such as lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, paracentisis, emergency placement of chest tubes, placement of central lines, arterial punctures and cannulation, bone marrow aspirations and biopsies, and initial management of mechanical ventilation.
- Demonstration of appropriate referral and consultation patterns.
The medical student will round with the inpatient medicine team, composed of two PGY I residents, one PGY II resident, one PGY III resident, and a Family Medicine Faculty Member. The medical students will work with a PGY I resident who is the primary physician for patients on our inpatient medical service and will see all new admissions assigned daily. Full responsibilities of the PGY I resident are available upon request.
The medical student will see patients in the FMC with a first year resident on the medicine service two half-days per week.
Call is optional.