The UICOMR Department of Family and Community Medicine is deeply committed to providing quality medical student teaching. Our faculty, staff and community-based preceptors are involved in all aspects of student education, from required courses and electives to student organizations as well as our nationally recognized Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program.
DoCS is a longitudinal course that occurs in the first and second year of medical school. The DoCS course integrates what students learn in the classroom with clinical practice information. The goal is to help prepare students for clerkships and beyond to become competent, patient-centered physicians.
The Family Medicine Clerkship is a six-week experience where students work with family medicine physicians and family medicine residents caring for patients in both the inpatient setting and outpatient primary care clinics that occurs during the third year. A weekly didactic and case-based curriculum focus on the synthesis of basic science knowledge with clinical application. The clerkship serves as a developmental axis around which students build a firm knowledge base of clinical science, acquire the skills of a competent clinician, gain insight into the psychosocial dimension of disease, and develop the professional attitudes of a caring and compassionate physician.
The Department of Family and Community Medicine offers the following electives.
The Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program at UICOMR, seeks to recruit, admit and educate medical students, who will, upon completion of residency training, practice medicine in a rural location. RMED is a supplement to the regular medical school curriculum.
The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is a student-led interest group on the UICOMR campus. Dr. Rhonda Verzal, assistant professor and associate program director of the UICOMR Family Medicine Residency Program serves as the faculty advisor. The purpose of the group is to introduce students to a career in family medicine, understand the opportunities and challenges within the field of family medicine, and interact with others with the same passions/interests. This group focuses on community medicine and has a strong focus on community service work when available. Regularly scheduled meetings include panel discussions, procedure workshops and guest speakers, to name a few.