The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Department of Family Medicine

Medical Student Education

Third Year Clerkship

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.

Fourth-Year Electives

Course Coordinator: William S. Dabbs, MD
Location: University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville)
Maximum Class Size: 2 Students

This clinical rotation is for M4 students who have completed at least 6 of their 7 core clinical clerkships. The student will function as a junior intern with increased autonomy in patient care. This rotation will expose students to the full spectrum of Family Medicine in this department. The course is a combination of inpatient and outpatient Family Medicine. In our outpatient office, students provide patient care for a patient population that is diverse and challenging in their health care needs under the direct supervision of family medicine residents and faculty. Students are also integrated into the UFP Inpatient Team, admitting and managing University of Tennessee Medical Center inpatients for our cohort of affiliated community providers. Rotation sites in the local or adjacent rural area with a board certified Family Physician in our area may be considered for approval. The student’s clinical interests can be integrated into the curriculum of their Junior Internship and should be requested up to 30 days prior to starting the rotation. Junior Internships provide an intensive experience in patient care and an opportunity to demonstrate competency in the clinical skills, knowledge, and attitudes expected for graduation. In keeping with the focus on direct patient care, objectives and assessment are structured around the 13 Entrustable Professional Activities developed by AAMC. Additionally, students are expected to incorporate professionalism and an attitude of life-long learning into their clinical responsibilities.


Course Coordinator: Rebecca Kendra Kemmet, MD
Location: University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville)
Maximum Class Size: 1 Student

The student will learn the basic principles of sports medicine, which will increase the  understanding of diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal injuries. The student will outline steps for diagnosis and management of injury, interpret diagnostic testing (ultrasound, xray, MRI, CT, etc.) , treatment approach including intervention strategies (injections, taping, splinting, casting), and outline strategies for rehabilitation and return to play for injured athlete. This elective includes weekly didactics/radiology rounds, and noon conferences. This is an outpatient rotation. No scheduled call but student is expected to attend all sports medicine related activities, which may occur during normal weekday but most likely weekends and evenings.  


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