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Student Programs in Family Medicine


herdon_and_claytonWelcome to Emory Student Programs for Family & Preventive Medicine! Our mission is to immerse students in the principles and practices of Family Medicine and demonstrate how our specialty positively impacts the health care system through high quality, patient-centered, compassionate care.

We welcome inquiries from interested students and hope that you take a moment to explore Family Medicine at Emory. Just click on the tabs below for detailed descriptions of courses and ways that you can get involved.

For our current preceptors, we appreciate all that you do! Please see the link on the left to access important information just for you. If you are interested in becoming a primary care preceptor see the quick link tab on the right to learn about our amazing team!

On behalf of the Undergraduate Medical Education team, we hope that you too discover what we have learned about being a family physician. Here at Emory Family Medicine, we love what we do and we do it well!


In the first year of medical school, the Outpatient Experience (OPEX) uses the talents, expertise and exposure of primary care physicians, including many community Family Medicine doctors to teach real world medicine to Emory students.

  • Commitment: ½ day/week/every other week/for an entire year
  • For more information visit the OPEX Program’s webpage at
  • If you’re considering a career in Family Medicine, please express your interest by emailing Porsha Clayton


In the second year there is an opportunity for students to do an elective in their fall semester. The Department of Family & Preventive Medicine currently offers electives in the following areas:

  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Medicine
  • Transgender Health

Please see the school’s course catalog for detailed descriptions. Note that these electives are only open to Emory students. Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

An Emory medical student looking at the variety of herbs at the office of a local Chinese herbalist as part of the Cross Cultural Medicine Elective. 

Dr. Herndon along with the African and Caribbean Speaker panel for the Cross-Cultural Medicine Elective and their families. 


During the third year, all students are required to do a 6-week clerkship in Adult Primary Care. This rotation allows students to work with community faculty in Family Medicine and general Internal Medicine.  The student is immersed into a full spectrum primary care setting four days a week with relevant outpatient didactic topics at the school of medicine one day a week. Please note that this clerkship is not open to visiting students. As this is a required clerkship for all Emory students, letter grades are assigned.  Highlights of the clerkship include:

  • Interactive didactics with hands-on workshops, case- based problems or games.
  • An option for students to spend their adult primary care time in a rural setting with a family physician or general internist (housing paid for by the School of Medicine).
  • Hands-on opportunities for service learning through the Hispanic Health Fair and the South Georgia Farmworker Project.

Adult Primary Care students playing “The Art ofMedicine”, a board game where players have to keep their patients alive during all three years of residency.

Adult Primary Care Clerkship students volunteering at the Hispanic Health Fair


MD - Fourth Year Family Medicine Selective

This course is designed specifically for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Family Medicine. Selected students spend two weeks on the inpatient service and two weeks in the outpatient family medicine residency clinic. This selective is open to both Emory and non-Emory students. Students who are considering applying to the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program are given precedence in being assigned to this elective from August to February. Non- Emory students must register through the Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs (Contact Michele Rutherford at  Grading is pass-fail. Highlights of this elective include:

  • Supervised care of inpatients and outpatients with a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including obstetric care pediatrics and management of acute and chronic diseases and their complications.
  • Students are expected to function at the level of a sub-intern, and participate in morning report, didactics, before clinic conferences and teaching sessions.
  • Exposure to different models of care such as our Lifestyle Clinic and Chronic Disease Management Clinic as well as home visits.
  • Students are expected to rotate through the procedure clinic

 Dr. Julie Johnson precepts a medical student at the Dunwoody Family Medicine Clinic

Elective Opportunities
Elective courses in Family Medicine are offered for credit only to senior medical students at Emory and are graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. Current electives include:

Sports Medicine

  • This 4 week elective is offered jointly through the department of Orthopedics and Family Medicine and is offered throughout the year. The course is directed by Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, a family physician and program director for the Sports Medicine Fellowship.
  • The elective is designed to have an optimum learning experience for any student interested in improving their musculoskeletal physical exam skills, evaluations, and treatments.
  • Each student will spend two weeks on the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Grady Memorial Hospital and two weeks at Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center. 
  • For more information and the application, visit their website at

Hispanic Health in Resource Limited Environments

  • This elective is offered in collaboration with faculty in the Department of OB/GYN, Pediatrics and the Emory PA program and is only offered to Emory medical students and physician assistant students.
  • The purpose of this elective is to expose students to the challenges of providing health care to Hispanic patients, especially in a resource-poor environment.
  • The 4-week course is offered only during the month of June and consists of 1 week of didactics, 1 week of working in a community clinic that serves Latinx patients, 1week either in Puerto Rico or Cuba and 1 week providing care at the South Georgia Farmworker Project.
  • Watch a video created by past students who have enjoyed this elective.

Family Medicine Interest Group

The FMIG is a student run group, which sponsors activities for the medical students in conjunction with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the national FMIG organization. They have planned programs of activities including education forums, dinners, workshops and outreach. Many students use these alliances to find mentors and to shadow physicians in their office. The participating students learn not only about careers in family medicine, but also about the medical profession in general.

Free membership to the American Association of Family Physicians and Georgia Association of Family Physicians

Lunch Time Talk

Family Medicine Dinner Panel

Meet and Greet

Student Activity Fair

Get Involved

As a student there are many ways to get involved both locally and at the state, national and international level.

Community Service Opportunities 

Many of our faculty are passionate about sharing their skills and talents to give back to needed communities both here and abroad. Volunteering as a medical student in one or more of these activities is a great opportunity to interact with Family Medicine faculty and residents, allow for interdisciplinary teamwork all the while giving back to populations most at need. Below is a list of activities that our faculty regularly participate in:

South Georgia Farmworker Project (SGFP)

The South Georgia Farmworker Project is a collaborative service-learning project with local south Georgia partners and the Emory PA Program.

Interested medical students please contact: Emily Herndon MD, and Alisha Thym, Community Service Program Coordinator

Good Samaritan Clinic:

The Good Samaritan Health Center (GSHC) was founded in 1998 by Dr. Bill Warren, a pediatrician who envisioned a faith-based clinic that would provide quality medical care to Atlanta’s uninsured/underinsured populations. Currently Family Medicine faculty precept on the first Saturday of each month at the clinic that is run by the Emory PA program.

Interested medical students please contact: Erin Lepp

Other Clinical Volunteer Opportunities:

Although not sponsored directly by our department, many of our faculty are also involved in other clinical community service projects sponsored by health student organizations throughout the year. Below is a list of some of them:

Mercy Care Gateway Clinic:
Gateway Clinic is located at the Gateway Center, a shelter located downtown. Mercy Care Atlanta runs the clinic and provides the on-site staff. 

Interested medical students please contact: Emily Herndon MD or the current Gateway Student Coordinators

Hispanic Health Fair:
The Hispanic Health Fair is sponsored by the Hispanic Health Coalition working in partnership with the Spanish Medical Interest Group and occurs one Saturday every year.

Interested students, please contact: Medical Spanish Interest Group Student Leaders or Dr. Alfonso, faculty advisor to the group.