Welcome to the wonderful world of Student Programs! Our mission is to serve the medical students of Emory University School of Medicine, and visiting students, by exposing them to and teaching them about the specialty of Family Medicine. We are privileged to have several venues and opportunities with which to interact with the medical students.

The Student Programs Division of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine utilizes all of the resources within the Department in order to accomplish its tasks. These resources include: the talents, expertise, dedication to teaching, and zeal for family medicine held by all of faculty and family practice residents, the residency program, outpatient clinics, hospitals, community physicians, and the entire School of Medicine.

We welcome inquiries from interested faculty and students, to either serve or be served.


The faculty perspective. . .

In the first year of medical school, the Patient Doctor Community Course uses the talents, expertise and exposure of family physicians, as well as other physicians, to serve as small group leaders for the students. Some of the faculty also present lectures to the students for this course.

FP faculty work with the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) to introduce interested students to the world and lifestyle of the family physician, host procedures clinics (e.g., casting and suturing), provide shadowing opportunities, and serve as mentors and friends.

For the second year medical students, our department, in conjunction with the Physician Assistant program and the Department of Internal Medicine, teaches the medical student how to take a history and perform a correct physical exam. The faculty also assists the Department of Medicine with many of their other academic efforts to teach Clinical Methods. Electives in Clinical Procedural have been offered by our FP faculty and have been well received.

Senior electives in Family Practice round out the spectrum of our interaction with the medical students.


The student perspective. . .

Our faculty is honored to work with students in all phases of their medical education. From being adjunct members of the medical admissions committee, to attending graduation ceremonies, our departmental faculty care about all the needs of the students, whether they are interested in family medicine careers or will interface with family physicians later in their various careers. The faculty is available to the students as formal and informal mentors, teachers of family medicine, role models, confidantes and friends. You ask for it, you can get it.

Joanne E. Williams, MD, MPH
Director of Student Programs

The department emphasizes prevention of disease and the progressive improvement in the quantity and quality of medical care for both the individual and the community.


MEDI 550. The Patient-Doctor-Community Course

Fall and spring, First year. The department coordinates the Patient-Doctor-Community Course. In this course students do a home visit, and then have a series of lectures and small group discussions about the major health problems and preventive health strategies at various stages in the family life cycle. Emphasis is on issues of lifestyle, environment, and the social and political context of medical care. In the second semester, students go to the teaching hospitals to interview patients. There are small group discussion and lectures on HIV, environmental health, and on special problems in patient doctor communications. Student choose a topic, subject to the small group leader’s approval, on which to do an oral presentation that is relevant to the social and political issues facing patients and doctors today. Letter grade.


MEDI 740. Family Medicine Clerkship

Four weeks. Third or fourth year pre-doctoral students. Each student is required to spend a month in the office of a board certified family/primary care physician. The emphasis is on ambulatory medicine, continuity of care, and prevention. Students and preceptors receive a course syllabus which includes goals, objectives, and clerkship requirements. The required orientation on the first day of the clerkship provides an overview of the learning environment. Students are required to give an oral presentation on a topic pertinent to primary care. The last day of the clerkship consists of a debriefing session and post-clerkship cognitive and skills assessment. A written exam consisting of the NBME subject examination is also given as well as an online (Blackboard) exam. Students are required to maintain a logbook of all patients seen during the month. Family Medicine Clerkship sites include residency programs, private practices, and HMO’s. Most clerkship sites are located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, but excellent clerkships are available throughout the state. Excellent opportunities are available for rural sites. Students are expected to provide night call coverage and attend community meetings with their preceptors. Letter grade.


Sophomore Electives

Clerkship Survival Skills. The objective of this elective is to facilitate the novice medical student’s insertion into the patient care team by providing education in the procedural skills expected of them during their clinical clerkships.

Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine Utilizing the Traditional Chinese Medical Model. Students will learn the basic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and explore complementary methods of treatment such as massage, herbology, aromatherapy, Reiki, acupuncture, and chiropractic.


Senior Electives

Elective courses are offered for credit only to senior medical students. These involve various aspects of primary care, family practice, preventive medicine, clinical and laboratory aspect of infectious disease and epidemiology, and research opportunities in primary care and preventive medicine. Seniors may also include in their elective program listed courses from the new curriculum of the Master of Public Health program on subject areas such as management, public policy, health resources allocation, health planning, and environmental health. Directed study elective courses may also be undertaken Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.


International Programs

The Department of Family Practice does not actually sponsor or expressly coordinate international rotations, but we can serve as a reference point for those students who are interested in traveling to other countries for clinical experiences and/or research. Students can research the following websites for more information. The departmental faculty has had various experiences in international settings and would be happy to discuss their experiences or possible options with the students.


The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The FMIG is a student run group which sponsors activities for the medical students in conjunction with the Family Medicine faculty and residency program. They have a planned program of activities including education forums, dinners, procedure clinics, such as casting and suturing. Many students use these alliances to find mentors and to shadow physicians in their office. The participating students learn no only about careers in family medicine, abut also about the medical profession in general. The student leadership has an opportunity to attend the annual American Academy of Family Physicians conference for residents and medical students.

Interested students should contact:

Joanne E. Williams, MD, MPH
Director of Students Programs
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Emory School of Medicine


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