Family Medicine Rotation

Family Medicine RotationFamily Medicine Clerkship

The student will care for a full range of ambulatory patients – pediatric to geriatric – who visit a family medicine office. Experiences will help develop history and physical examination skills, diagnostic expertise, and practice management skills. The student will also participate in dermatology, gastroenterology, and university health clinics.

The student is exposed to common office procedures, wound care, procedure workshops and home visits with visiting nurses.  Behavioral health is integrated throughout the curriculum. Some experience in inpatient medicine can be arranged. Students also attend daily morning report and weekly grand rounds.

Off-site Experiences

There are a number of off-site experiences, but the majority of time is spent in the Family Health Care Center on the campus of Reading Hospital. There is one overnight call per rotation. 

Family Medicine Fourth-year Electives

Ambulatory Care

During this rotation, the student will care for a full range of patients who visit the Family Health Care Center. Experiences will further refine skills learned during third-year clerkships, including history and physical examination proficiency, diagnostic expertise and practice management knowledge. Sessions in dermatology, gastroenterology and university health clinics are also offered. Some experience in inpatient medicine can be arranged.

The Family Medicine Experience

During this rotation, the student will experience the broad scope of the specialty of family medicine. In addition to caring for a full range of patients who visit the Family Health Care Center, the student will participate in a wide variety of family medicine activities. These may include urban/inner city care, global health, college health, and medicine & the media as well as geriatrics, wound care and organized medicine. The student will also present a short lecture on a family medicine topic.

Inpatient Rotation

This rotation’s goal is to enhance the development of knowledge and skills necessary to practice inpatient medicine, with particular attention to the responsibilities of the family physician.

The student will develop diagnostic and management skills with emphasis on the hospitalized adult and the pediatric patient. The student will also learn cost-effective use of laboratory, radiologic, pharmacologic, and consultative resources.

Daily work and teaching rounds will be made with a team comprised of a family medicine faculty member, a third-year resident, a second-year resident, and a first-year resident. The student will be encouraged to develop increasing independence in clinical decision-making and patient care.