Medical Student Education
About the Program
Family and community medicine faculty are currently involved in all four years of the UC College of Medicine curriculum.
Medical students gain clinical experience by completing the Longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship during their first and second year within the department. The Family and Community Medicine Core Clerkship is a required part of the curriculum in the third year.
Longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship/Clinical Experiences 101 / 201 / 202
The Longitudinal Primary Care Clinical (LPCC) Experience spans the first two years of medical school. The first segment of the LPCC curriculum begins in the latter half of the first year.
Students are paired with a primary care physician and will learn in a preceptor’s ambulatory office. Sessions will focus on learning the clinical method. The learning sessions will use a combination of structured observation of preceptors providing clinical care and students conducting patient encounters.
In addition, students observe and practice professional behaviors and begin developing their physician identity. They will be exposed to themes associated with primary care practice such as being part of a team prioritizing patient problems, patient-centered care, shared decision making, continuity relationships, care coordination and patient education.
Family and Community Medicine Clerkship
In addition to electives offered by the department during all four years of the medical school curriculum, all UC medical students experience a clerkship in family and community medicine in their third year.
During the clerkship, students are placed with a community preceptor and attend didactic sessions that develop skills in behavioral medicine and clinical science. Over 150 family physicians in 50 community practices serve as volunteer preceptors so students are exposed to a wide array of practice settings and populations.
Electives in the fourth year include family medicine inpatient and outpatient rotations, a global health rotation, a family medicine acting internship, a geriatric medicine elective, a palliative care elective and a research elective.
For additional information on elective offerings, please visit our course description page or the College of Medicine elective page.
Contact UsDepartment of
Family and Community Medicine
Medical Sciences Building Suite 4012
231 Albert Sabin Way