Family & Community Medicine - Clerkship Student Information

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Emma Weismann, student

About the Family Medicine Clerkship
During this 6-week experience, students will have an opportunity to join a community-based Family Practice and to learn about primary care practice through a structured, yet “real world” clinical experience with a mentor.  Students will live in the community and largely adopt their preceptor’s schedule. This clerkship offers students a unique variety of opportunities different from other third-year clerkships including:

  • working one-on-one with an experienced physician mentor, typically without other students or residents.
  • experience in the type of ambulatory setting where a majority of the nation's health care is delivered. Students often have the opportunity for follow-up and continuity of care with ambulatory patients over several visits, and many of these patients have years and generations of continuity relationship with the preceptor.
  • the challenge of seeing presenting signs and symptoms that are often vague, undifferentiated, and early, as well as patients presenting with multiple needs.
  • daily repetition in history taking, the focused physical exam, and common procedural skills.
  • a rural emphasis at many sites.
  • service as ambassadors, through professionalism and contributions to the host practice and community, reflecting on Tulane throughout the region.
Seminar Presentations

Introduction to Family Medicine
Clerkship Logistics
Introduction to Clinical Medicine
Common Acute Complaints
Primary Care Reform in America (including the Patient-Centered Medical Home)
Library Resources for Family Medicine
Antibiotics and Infections
Pelvic Exams, Contraception

Integrative Medicine
Preventive Medicine
Shelf Exam Preparation

Preceptor Sites

Opelousas-area, including Ville Platte, Eunice, Arnaudville, Church Point, Lafayette (four bedroom housing provided)
New Iberia and Franklin
New Roads and St. Francisville
Sulphur, Westlake, DeQuincy, and Lake Charles
Baton Rouge area, including Brusly
Monroe and Rayville
Morgan City

Luling, Thibodaux, and Houma
Magnolia, Mississippi
Mississippi Gulf Coast:  Picayune, Diamondhead, Gulfport
Ennis, Montana
New Orleans East
Metairie, West Bank, and the metro area
Residency programs:  East Jefferson and Baton Rouge General (Tulane affiliates); LSU-Lake Charles, Bogalusa (rural), and Kenner; UA-Tuscaloosa
myriad other opportunities, including within the Vietnamese community, at FQHC's, in the VA (forthcoming), and with the Chitimacha Tribe (Charenton)

Academies of Family Physicians

AAFP Medical School and Residency
LAFP Medical Students

For more details, please contact Adam Peltz at 504-988-4705.