Medical Students

The Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is one of the nation's top-ranked departments of Family Medicine's Predoctoral Educational Division. We eagerly promote family medicine through innovative curriculums, community outreach programs and faculty interaction.

Resources for Medical Students

Medical students can take advantage of the many resources our family medicine department offers through early clinical experiences with the Community Primary Care Preceptorship program, third-year curriculum and numerous electives.

Teaching Opportunities

Teaching opportunities are enriched by the diversity and special interests of our faculty within our family medicine department. The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is a student-run organization that complements medical student experiences in our department by educating students about the vast opportunities in family medicine.

Family Medicine Research Division

Additionally, our exceptional department boasts one of the most productive and varied family medicine research divisions nationally. We are also the editorial home of our country's premier academic family medicine journal, the Annals of Family Medicine.

Acting Internships

We welcome medical student interest in research. Medical students at outside universities interested in electives with Case Western Reserve University/UH Cleveland Medical Center who have completed a core medical clerkship in either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine should contact Stephanie Cummings to inquire about acting internships and elective opportunities with the Department of Family Medicine.

The Predoctoral Division Faculty/Staff

The Predoctoral Division faculty/staff includes:

  • Jason Chao, MD, MS: Family Medicine Clerkship Director
  • Angela Miller-Bennett, MD: Family Medicine Interest Group Advisor
  • Lisa Navracruz, MD: Case Western Reserve University Director, Physical Diagnosis and Patient-based Programs
  • Stephanie Cummings: Predoctoral Education Coordinator

Third-Year Curriculum Information

Family medicine is integrated into the required third-year medical clerkships. The recent curriculum change now combines family medicine with internal medicine and geriatrics in a 12-week clerkship. In addition to regular didactics, students are placed in clinical sites working one-on-one with a family physician. The focus is on the following:

  • Application of health promotion, disease prevention and patient education
  • Appreciation of comprehensive, continuous care
  • Diagnosis and management of primary care problems
  • Refining basic clinical skills
  • Sensitivity to biopsychosocial and familial influences on medical problems

Family Medicine Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at Case Western Reserve University/UH Cleveland Medical Center focuses on educating medical students who are considering primary care about the many opportunities in family medicine.

FMIG organizes family physician speaker panels that allow family physicians to describe their diverse practices to medical students. FMIG also orchestrates social events between family medicine residents and medical students to allow residents to share their perspective on their pursuit in family medicine. Students from FMIG attend the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians annual retreat where they learn about the current issues and future directions of family medicine from physicians and residents.

Additionally, FMIG organizes teaching workshops that better prepare first- and second-year medical students for their clinical rotations, such as a Heart Sounds Workshop that allows students to practice their cardiac auscultation and diagnostic skills. Other events often include an office procedures workshop and talks by a variety of family physicians.

FMIG Activities and Events

The FMIG sponsors several activities that attract large numbers of students, including the highly successful, annual Primary Care Residency Fair, offering students a broad exposure to residency training programs throughout the region. The FMIG also sponsors a graduation dinner for FMIG students, faculty and fourth-year students who have matched in family practice. Other events include an office procedures workshop, talks by a variety of family physicians and a graduation dinner.

Free Membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians

Students in the FMIG are eligible for free membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Ohio Academy will pay the dues for a medical student's first two years. This membership includes a free subscription to American Family Physician (a $40 value), a bimonthly resident/student newsletter and other benefits.

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