Students complete a required, six week long clerkship in Family Medicine at one of 15 possible locations in the CONUS. All clerkship locations are co-located at full-service hospitals conducting residency training in family medicine. This environment, coupled with a student curriculum that emphasizes the provision of compassionate, comprehensive care has resulted in this clerkship being regarded as the finest of the clerkship year.
The six week USU Clerkship in Family Medicine is designed to provide students with a solid background in the principles and practice family medicine, regardless of their future specialty choice. Our overriding goal is to prepare students to function effectively in the family medicine setting. The clerkship will initiate, foster and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential to our medical specialty that performs continuing, comprehensive, compassionate and personal care provided within the contexts of family and community.
The educational content of the Family Medicine Clerkship emphasizes the evaluation and treatment of patients with common clinical problems and conditions. During the first week of the clerkship, students participate in one week of interactive, group learning experiences at the USUHS campus. Students then spend the following 4 weeks in one of eleven clinical settings working under the direct supervision of training and faculty family physicians. On the final week of the rotation, the students return to campus for their end of rotation exams.