PURPOSE: The Family Medicine clerkship is a required primary care ambulatory rotation. The clerkship teaches the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to provide continuing, comprehensive and preventive care to individuals and families who represent a broad spectrum of ages and cultures in the outpatient setting.

COMPETENCIES: During the six-week clerkship, students will increase their ability to: 1) Diagnose and manage common acute and chronic ambulatory problems in a well-reasoned manner; 2) Provide comprehensive patient care with a family and community perspective; 3)  Recognize and address personal knowledge, skill, and/or reasoning gaps that arise during patient encounters; 4) Behave in a professional and ethical manner.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Students spend approximately 1 and ½ days per week at the UIC Department of Family Medicine where they 1) work in small groups on typical family medicine problems and 2) participate in workshops designed to enhance particular skills.  Students spend the remainder of the clerkship in a clinical practice site where they are supervised by Family Medicine attending physicians and residents.
ASSESSMENT: Students’ clinical performance is evaluated by faculty members using Department’s Clerkship Evaluation form. Students are also required to pass a Family Medicine multiple-choice national examination and may be required, as well, to complete locally developed clinical performance assessments.


Program Number: CLER 606
Location: Various Sites as Assigned
Program Director: Sagina Hanjrah, MD,

Program Coordinator: Cheron Zei,

Telephone: 312-996-9116
Duration: 6 Weeks
Night Call: At some sites
Weekends: At some sites
Students Accepted:
Housestaff Used as Faculty:
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 8
Laboratory/Independent Study: 3-5
Outpatient: 30-40
Inpatient: 0-5
Total Hours /Week: 50-55

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KEY WORDS: Family Practice, ambulatory care, primary care, continuing, comprehensive and preventive care, care of individuals in the context of the family, care of the family as a unit, biopsychosocial approach, patient-centered medicine, culturally competent care, doctor-patient relationship.

Click here to link to the Office of Student Affairs Web Site to view the Reporting  Instructions for the Core Clerkships.

Updated: 3/30/15