Saint Louis University’s family and community medicine rotation is designed to enable you to establish competencies in the comprehensive approach to the practice of medicine.
The Family Medicine Clerkship provides strong clinical training for students interested in a future in family medicine and for students who desire to excel in other specialties.
During this clerkship, you will spend four days each week with a family medicine physician in an ambulatory care setting. Wednesdays will be spent in didactic learning sessions on campus.
The board specialty of family medicine is centered on lasting, caring relationships with patients and their families. Family medicine physicians integrate the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences to provide continuing and comprehensive health care. The scope of practice encompasses all ages and genders, each organ system and every disease entity.
Family medicine physicians work in a variety of clinical settings and professional areas. They have the flexibility to define their careers based on their own skills and preferences. By learning in a continuity setting, we hope you will appreciate the challenges of medical problem solving and the immense rewards that longitudinal care and the development of meaningful relationships with patients can bring.
The clerkship places students in the family medicine residency programs at HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Mercy Hospital St. Louis and at SSM St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency. Residents at all programs have been informed of student learning objectives and goals and given instruction on teaching methods and learning theory.
Our family medicine preceptors are volunteer clinical faculty who practice in the community. We have a wide variety of preceptors who are located across the St. Louis region in urban, suburban and rural sites. All have been informed of the clerkship goals and objectives and given instruction on teaching methods and grading procedures.