The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Medical Student Education

Third Year Clerkships - Family Medicine

This is a face to face clinical rotation offered in the fall and spring and receiving 14 credit hours. Third year medical students at UT Knoxville are integrated into a teaching team of 24 resident physicians and over 30 community and academic faculty (MDs, DOs, PhDs, MPHs, and RDs) in the Department of Family Medicine. Students care for patients either in a community-based family physician office or in the University Family Physicians clinic, attend case discussion groups, give patient presentations, co-manage patients with residents and faculty on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service, and see patients at a variety of community sites.

Faculty-led workshops and small group talks assist students in learning to advance their interpretation skills for ECG's and chest x-rays, manage common complaints and diseases of adults and children, and decide on appropriate cancer screening strategies among other skill building exercises.

Students also provide patient care in a free clinic for the working uninsured, and experience learning opportunities with special outpatient populations. Four weeks of inpatient care at UT Medical Center includes twice weekly call nights with a supervising family medicine resident. Students are introduced to outpatient (ex. Exercise treadmills, colposcopy and LEEP, and no-scalpel vasectomies) and hospital based procedures.A small group presentation regarding a clinical question from their outpatient work further orients students to Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) and assists them in developing presentation skills.

Since family physicians address the diverse health needs of both individuals and families, the learning experience with clinical preceptors provides the optimal opportunity to consolidate and integrate information from the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences learned in the M1 and M2 years. The majority of student's time (approximately 4 weeks) will be spent exploring the professional life of their family physician preceptor, primarily through supervised patient care. This clerkship has a maximum number of four students.

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