Clerkships & Electives
Clerkship coordinators and staff are:
- Lead Clerkship Director: Harland Holman, MD; Department Clerkship Administrator, Joy Hull
- Lansing: FMC Director, Hend Azhary, MD; Community Clerkship Assistant, Karla Cody
- Flint: FMC Director, Ilsa Ittner, MD; Assistant Clerkship Director: Stephanie West, DO; Community Clerkship Assistant, Nancy Rossi
- Grand Rapids: FMC Director, Steve DeLapp, MD; Assistant Clerkship Director: Brian Decker, M.D.; Community Clerkship Assistant, Deb Cleland, RN
- Midland: FMC Director, Paul Berg, MD; Community Clerkship Assistant, Brandi Buck
- Southeast Michigan: FMC Director, Cheryl Smith, MD; Community Clerkship Assistant, Angela Collier
- Traverse City: FMC Director, Lynn Swan, MD; Community Clerkship Assistant, Kendry Scott
- Upper Peninsula: FMC Director, Ryan Brang, M.D., Community Clerkship Assistant, Tanya Donohue
FM 608. Family Medicine Clerkship
Fall, Spring, and Summer. 6 to 18 credits. A student may earn a maximum of 36 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Open only to graduate professional students in College of Human Medicine.
Clinical experience in primary care in family physicians offices and in hospitals.
FM 610. Elective Clerkship in Family Medicine — Outpatient
The Family Medicine elective clerkship trains the student in the broad range of patient problems cared for in Family Medicine, with particular emphasis on patient interviewing, clinical procedures, diagnosis, and the use of community resources. The clerkship often helps students to clarify their career goals concerning Family Medicine. The Family Medicine elective clerkship may be taken as a four or an eight week block experience.
Prerequisites: Completion of FM 608, Family Medicine Clerkship and approval of the Associate Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine. It is recommended that students complete most or all of their required clerkships before taking this elective.
Intended Audience: Fourth year students in the College of Human Medicine.
FM 611. Geriatrics Elective
Open only to third or fourth year graduate-professional students in College of Human Medicine.
Participate in interdisciplinary team evaluation of geriatric patient; gain experience in recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of geriatric problems; and understand the process of advance care directives. This elective may be taken as a four-week block experience.
FM 612. Inpatient Clerkship in Family Medicine
This four week clerkship introduces students to the role of the family physician in caring for hospitalized patients. While most of the work-load and many of the distinctive skills of the family physicians are centered in the office practice, some of the patients seen in the office must from time to time be admitted to the hospital. For the hospitalized patients, the family physician remains the primary physician. Compared to patients seen in the office, however, a greater proportion of the problems of hospitalized patients require consultations with and referrals to other specialists. Management of the care of the hospitalized patient, and especially of the relationships among physicians and other health care providers in the hospital, is the major focus of attention in this clerkship. This elective clerkship may be taken as a four- or eight-week block experience.
Prerequisities: Completion of FM 608 is a prerequisite to this clerkship. Prior completion of most of the required clerkships, especially the medicine clerkship, is highly recommended.
Intended Audience: Fourth year students in medical school.
FM 613. Clinical Research in Family Medicine
This elective is offered in two modes: as a purely clinical experience and as a combined clinical and research experience. It is intended for third and fourth year medical students with a research interest in primary care. Students enrolled in this research elective will learn the practical application of basic research skills through involvement in a primary care research project. This elective clerkship may be taken as a four-week block experience. A paper is required for final evaluation.
Open only to CHM third and fourth year medical students.
FM 616: Advanced Rural Family Medicine Elective
This clerkship is designed to enhance the medical student’s ability to integrate clinical medicine with experience in rural medical communities.
An emphasis of the clerkship is on patient care management by family physicians in rural settings. Two separate settings are available for this clerkship: rural communities or Native American communities. The location of the clerkship will be decided between the community administrator and the medical student. This elective clerkship may be taken as a four-week block experience.
Open only to CHM fourth year medical students.
Prerequisites: Completion of all required third year clerkships. Medical student must be in good standing with educational program.
Intended Audience: Fourth year medical students in the College of Human Medicine.
FM 617. Sports Medicine Clerkship
Primary care aspects of sports medicine. Care of acute and chronic sports injuries, mostly of college level athletes. This elective clerkship may be taken as a four- or eight-week block experience.
FM 618: Palliative Care/End of Life Elective
Basic knowledge and skills necessary to manage patients and families faced with end of life illnesses.
FM 620. Family Medicine Sub-Internship Elective Clerkship
The Family Medicine Sub-Internship Elective Clerkship is in Community Practices and Community Health Centers (CP-CHC) for the underserved throughout Michigan. The purpose of this clerkship is to give the fourth year medical student the opportunity to be involved in the care and management of patients. Medical students will select the site of the clerkship in coordination with the Family Medicine Department (FM) in East Lansing. A community project and paper are required with prior approval of project when elective is approved by the department. This elective clerkship may be taken as a four-week block experience. Open only to CHM fourth year medical students.
For more information contact:
Harland Holman, MD
Grand Rapids Family Medicine Residency Program
200 Jefferson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503