University of Pittsburgh


Combined Clinical Years

Family Medicine Clerkship (FMC)

4 weeks Stephanie Gonzalez, MD

Clerkship Director
Robin Maier, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine

Course Description

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a 4-week rotation that encompasses the comprehensive and longitudinal care of patients with a special emphasis on care of individuals in the context of families and communities.

The objectives of the course are for students to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and implementation of comprehensive evidence-based, gender- and age-specific individualized care.
  2. outline treatment strategies for the patient as a “whole person,” addressing acute and chronic diseases, health promotion and disease prevention in the context of each patient’s social, economic, cultural and religious background.
  3. recognize the complex interactions among culture, literacy, community, race, age, gender, education, and language on an individual patient’s experience with health care. 

Students participate in patient care at offices and clinics throughout the region, including hospital-based sites and a variety of community-based locations.

Educational Methods


Ambulatory and inpatient clinical experiences Case-based workshops Patient-centered medical home exercises Home visit and family and community assessment
Clinical skills workshops Lectures Required readings    



Evaluation in this course is based on evaluation of clinical performance by preceptors at community–based sites (65%), the Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE) with standardized patients (15%), NBME web-based subject exam (15%), and written assignemnts (5%). 

Grading: The clerkship is graded Honors, High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Ya'aqov Abrams, MD, FAAFP is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award.