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Family Medicine, General (Minnesota)


The Family Medicine elective is a subinternship that consists of two components and is designed to involve the  fourth year medical student as a  first year resident in the Department of Family Medicine.

Students spend two weeks of ambulatory care  in the resident training clinic,  Mayo Family Clinic Kasson.  The student is partnered with a resident working off of the resident's calendar. Students spend two weeks on the Family Medicine Inpatient Service at Saint Marys Hospital. Family medicine residents and staff are assigned to this service. Medical students assume primary responsibility for the patients that they admit to the family medicine service.

Specific goals

  1. Gain an understanding of family medicine in the inpatient and outpatient ambulatory care arena
  2. Observe how the practice of family medicine is integrated into the spectrum of care delivered by a large multispecialty institution
  3. Evaluate family medicine as a possible career choice
  4. Gain background information about the selection of a family medicine residency
  5. Develop definitive care plans in an outpatient and an inpatient setting
  6. Refine history taking, physical examination, as well as assessment and management skills
  7. Obtain introduction into practice management skills, in an outpatient and inpatient setting, with respect to clinic management, billing, coding and so on

Activity outline

  • In the ambulatory care setting at the  Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, see and evaluate each patient assigned to students on their "clinic" day. Perform appropriately focused histories and examinations; formulate possible diagnosis, assessments and plans; work with the assigned resident; and present each case to the preceptor for the day to finalize diagnostic and treatment regimen.
  • Discuss coding and documentation procedures with the preceptor on each patient seen during the day.
  • Attend daily rounds with the resident teamand family medicine staff on the inpatient service and team teaching huddles at the start of each half day in the ambulatory care setting.
  • Complete comprehensive history and physical examinations on patients admitted.
  • Formulate comprehensive assessments, differential diagnosis and treatment plans for each patient admitted to the hospital service.
  • Present patients each morning on rounds, as well as follow the patient through the entire course of care.
  • Attend all applicable conferences and resident seminars while on inpatient or outpatient services.

Method of evaluation

Students are evaluated by the faculty and residents as a team, both in the hospital and in the ambulatory care setting.