The Family, Community and Preventive Medicine Clerkship is a six-week rotation comprised of weekly interactive learning sessions and clinical experiences. The Family and Community Medicine Clerkship sites utilize a community-oriented, family medicine, problem-solving conceptual approach to common clinical problems and prevention. Students learn competence in diagnosis and treatment of diseases presenting in ambulatory care and the integration of clinical preventive medicine.

During this experience, students continue to develop their ever important interpersonal and communication skills. Students rank five clinical sites (a variety of urban and rural sites throughout the state of Arizona and southwest New Mexico) and are paired with one of those sites. Clinical sites vary based on patient populations, practice management and resources. Clinical partners work with students over the course of the academic year to provide them with a well-rounded medical education and foundation of clinical skills necessary to become a successful physician. The Family and Community Medicine Clerkship is a perfect opportunity to peak much needed interest in primary care. Syllabus (PDF).

Students may choose from a variety of clinical sites, urban and *rural, located throughout the state of Arizona.

  • Community Health Centers.
  • Residency Training Programs.
  • Private Practices.
  • Indian Health Service Clinics.
  • Tribal Health Clinics.

*For students who are participating in the Rural Health Professions Program Certificate of Distinction, you may experience part/all of your clerkship in a rural community.