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Family Medicine Clerkship

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a six-week required rotation based out of the Department of Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket. You will spend the majority of your six weeks working at one of our affiliated community family medicine practices in Rhode Island, Southern Massachusetts or Eastern Connecticut.

The practices vary in their patient populations, size, and styles of practice. We make every effort to match you and the preceptor site based on your interests and goals for the rotation. We believe you should immerse yourself fully within the practice to get a rich experience in ambulatory medical education.

In addition to the clinical experience, you spend every Wednesday taking part in a series of didactics including traditional lectures, skills workshops and case-based small group discussions. In the second half of the rotation, you will complete a project focused on the social and community context of medicine. In this project, you will explore the community where your preceptor site is located, identify a health issue relevant to that community and propose a community-based intervention to address the issue.

Our goal is to provide you with an outstanding clinical and didactic experience that integrates the primary care of men, women and children (including newborn care, reproductive health, and geriatrics) in the setting where most medicine is practiced…the community.

In the family medicine clerkship, we strive to teach you clinical skills focusing on common ambulatory problems. We want you to learn and practice the best evidence regarding primary care. We encourage you to teach your patients about disease prevention. And we hope after your six weeks you will have a better understanding and appreciation for the specialty of family medicine.


For more information about the Family Medicine Clerkship visit the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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