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Student Programs in Family Medicine
Angela Miller-Bennett, MD
Director, Predoctoral Program
Our mission is to "ensure that every student who should become a Family Physician, does become a Family Physician."
On behalf of the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, I would like to welcome you to our web page. It is a pleasure to introduce you to one of the nation's top ranked departments of Family Medicine’s Predoctoral Educational Division. Promoting Family Medicine through innovative curriculums, community outreach programs and faculty interaction is our passion.
Medical students can take advantage of the many resources our family medicine department offers through third and fourth year curriculums and numerous electives. Teaching opportunities are enriched by the diversity and special interests of our faculty within our Family Medicine Department. The Family Medicine Interest Group is a student-run organization that compliments medical student experiences in our department by educating medical students about the many opportunities in family medicine.
Additionally, our department also boasts one of the most productive and varied Family Medicine research divisions nationally. We are also the editorial home of the country’s premier academic Family Medicine journal, the Annals of Family Medicine. We welcome medical student interest in research.
Medical students at universities affiliated for electives with Case Western Reserve University who have completed a core clerkship in either Family Medicine or Internal Medicine should contact Judy Parsons to enquire about Acting Internships and elective opportunities with the Department of Family Medicine.
The Predoctoral Division Faculty/Staff includes:
- Angela Miller-Bennett, MD - Predoctoral Education Division Director
- Jason Chao, MD MS - Family Medicine Clerkship Director
- Lynda Montgomery, M.D. Med –Family Medicine Interest Group Advisor
- Patricia Moore, MD MS - Student Programs Director, Bolwell Family Medicine Center
- Judy Parsons - Predoctoral Education Coordinator
Family Medicine is integrated into the required third year clerkships. The recent curriculum change now combines Family Medicine with Pediatrics and Obstetrics-Gynecology in a sixteen-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 refining basic clinical skills; diagnosis and management of primary care problems; application of health promotion, disease prevention and patient education; appreciation of comprehensive, continuous care; and sensitivity to biopsychosocial and familial influences on medical problems.
Family Medicine Interest Group
The Family Medicine Interest Group at CWRU School of Medicine focuses on educating medical students 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 also 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.
In addition, FMIG organizes an annual Primary Care Residency Fair to give medical students an opportunity to learn about the vast array of career options available within primary care. FMIG also 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. Finally, FMIG is collaborating with a committee of medical students and family physicians at University Hospital to run a Refugee Clinic. One goal of this clinic is to provide medical students with an opportunity to volunteer their clinical skills and learn about the diverse patient populations in the Cleveland area. Therefore, the goal of FMIG is both to educate and excite medical students about the diverse opportunities in Family Medicine.