Family Medicine Clerkship

This course is available only to third-year medical students enrolled in UT Southwestern Medical School.

Goals and Objectives of the Clerkship

The following learning objectives are measured by one or more of the following clerkship requirements:

  • Clinical Evaluation forms
  • Formal patient presentation forms
  • Didactics
  • National Board of Medical Examiners Family Medicine exam
  • Clinical passport

A. Understand the principles of family medicine care. Appreciate the psychosocial dimension of care and the importance of professionalism. (Knowledge)

  • Demonstrates an adequate fund of knowledge
  • Accepts responsibility, is reliable, and is willing to learn
  • Makes an effort toward self-improvement and adaptability
  • Displays compassion and respect towards patients and families
  • Punctual and manages time well to complete assigned tasks

B. Demonstrate the ability to gather information, formulate differential diagnoses, and propose plans for the initial evaluation and management of patients with common presentations. (Skill, also requires medical knowledge base)

  • Performs a focused history and physical examination
  • Verbal presentations are clear, concise, organized, and relevant
  • Demonstrates an adequate fund of knowledge
  • Able to apply knowledge to individual patients in regards to diagnosis and management (clinical judgment)

C. Manage follow-up visits with patients having one or more common chronic diseases. (Skill, also requires medical knowledge base)

  • Demonstrates an adequate fund of knowledge
  • Able to apply knowledge to individual patients in regards to diagnosis and management (clinical judgment)

D. Develop evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention plans for patients of any age or gender. (Skill, also requires medical knowledge base)

  • Demonstrates an adequate fund of knowledge
  • Able to apply knowledge to individual patients in regards to diagnosis and management (clinical judgment)
  • Addresses patient issues involving preventative care and social circumstances
  • Accepts responsibility, is reliable, and is willing to learn 

E. Demonstrate competency in advanced elicitation of history, communication, physical examination, and critical thinking skills. (Skill)

  • Performs a focused history and physical examination
  • Verbal presentations are clear, concise, organized, and relevant
  • Patient care documentation (Write-ups and Progress notes) is thorough, concise and logical.
  • Able to apply knowledge to individual patients in regards to diagnosis and management (clinical judgment)
  • Communicated well with patients, staff, doctors, and other students

F. Understand the critical role of family physicians within any health care system. Understand a team-based, patient-oriented model for ambulatory care.  (Knowledge)

  • Demonstrates an adequate fund of knowledge
  • Addresses patient issues involving preventative care and social circumstances
  • Displays compassion and respect towards patients and families
  • Displays compassion and respect towards members of the health care team