Goals and Objectives
The Department of Family & Community Medicine provides educational services for health care students at EVMS and partnering institutions. Department faculty contributes to medical student education through classroom teaching, early clinical experiences, medical simulations, service teaching and mentoring. The family medicine clinical clerkship allows students to experience a sample of family and community medicine with the following goals and objectives:
- Learn about common patient care issues encountered by family physicians
- Understand the family physician's role in directing and coordinating care for patients, their families and the EVMS community.
- Observe and understand the disparities in health care outcomes caused by the patient's health literacy and the context from which the patient comes.
- Through Service Learning experiences, attempt to correct the health disparities in our community by applying lessons learned in patient centered communications, health literacy assessments, culturally and contextually appropriate care
- Motivate patients toward better self-care and adherence to medical plan.
- Understand how Evidence Based Medicine, team based interdisciplinary care, information technology, and medical systems analysis can improve health care while decreasing waste and errors.
Experiences come from a variety of sources including Family Medicine faculty, community physicians, residents, inpatient and outpatient services and didactics.
Following basic clinical experiences, the Department offers complementary and additive electives in family medicine that include electives in the hospital, ambulatory, and rural settings, as well as electives in quality improvement.