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Third Year Students:

M-3 Ambulatory Medicine Clerkship – DFCM

24 students/year (2 students per month, 12 months per year)

Course goals and objectives

  • Strengthen interpersonal/communication skills with patients
  • Strengthen H&P skills and the need for focused H&P’s for common problems
  • Develop skills in generalized problem solving
  • Become familiar with common problems in primary care
  • Understand the scope of family practice
  • Appreciate continuity of care

Required Activities:

  • Team Based Learning sessions given by the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin (on Tuesdays)
  • Pathway activities on Thursday afternoons
  • Clinic Sessions at Waukesha Family Practice Clinic
  • OB Call Day
  • Morning Report (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Review a complete exam with primary faculty or resident.

Optional Activities:

  • Nursing Home Visits
  • Teaching Service Rounds
  • Newborn Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • M&M Conference
  • Ortho Lecture
  • HROB Conference

Fourth Year Students Elective:

Family Medicine: An Inpatient/Outpatient Experience

Number of students: average of 3 per year.

Students spend 3-4 afternoons/week in clinic seeing patients; the remainder of the time is spent with teaching service at WMH. Optional activities: nursing home visits, practice management activities, attend educational conferences.

Learning Activities:

  • Participate as sub-intern in the daily inpatient teaching service rounds at WMH.
  • Attend semi-weekly teaching service conferences and present patients.
  • Independently evaluate patients and formulate initial assessment and treatment plan under the guidance of faculty preceptors and residents.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • History and physical exam skills
  • Understanding of the role of psychosocial factors in illness and patient compliance
  • Understanding of the role and tools of the effective family physician
  • Ability to formulate an appropriate patient assessment and effective treatment plan.

Fourth Year Students Elective:

Apprenticeship with a Master Physician

Number of students per year – 3 this year.

This elective is offered by MCW only 3 times per year. Students select the MCW faculty member they would like to work with.

Time at WFPC: Approximately 20 clinic sessions for one month. The students are scheduled with their faculty member whenever possible when he/she is in clinic during that month, plus other optional activities (TS, OB, educational conferences).


  • Independently take patient history and perform physical exam.
  • Master principles of effective and efficient interviewing.
  • Practice effective physical diagnosis maneuvers for common physical findings.
  • Construct prioritized differential diagnoses and appropriate management plans.
  • Display appropriate communications skills, including respect/empathy for patients and clinical staff, and understanding of cross-cultural issues.

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