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The Family Medicine Clerkship was developed to provide concentrated clinical experience in primary care settings. This 4 week clerkship emphasizes ambulatory treatment of the individual in the context of the family and the community. Treatment experience includes the full spectrum of medical and psychosocial problems commonly seen in the primary care setting. Students are assigned to work directly with an office-based Family Physician or other primary care physician. We place students in practices located throughout New York City, Westchester County, Ulster County, Open Door Family Medical Centers and at our affiliated residency sites in Yonkers and Hoboken NJ.

While most of the clerkship is spent in direct patient care activities, students also receive interactive teaching sessions on campus covering a range of topics including geriatrics, preventive care, evidence-based medicine, medical error disclosure, musculoskeletal examination and medical documentation. Students participate in two standardized patient sessions in which they receive formative feedback on their communication and clinical skills. Students track their experiences through an online patient log and complete required interactive online cases to supplement their experiential learning.

Students are also expected to complete a service learning project during their clerkship in which they work with other healthcare team members at their site to address a community health need or increase provision of preventive health services. After working on a project, students complete a written exercise in which they reflect what they learned about working collaboratively with other disciplines and the relevance to their professional development.