M2-M4 Family Medicine Clerkship

Through three University primary care clinics (UPCCs), the College of Medicine at Rockford conducts longitudinal, 30-month family medicine clerkships that enhance students’ undergraduate medical training. The UPCCs provide ambulatory primary care training and deliver healthcare to their communities. Students begin seeing patients in their designated clinics early in the M2 year and continue throughout their M3 and M4 years.

An essential component of clinical training in Rockford, this clerkship serves as a developmental axis around which students build a firm knowledge base of clinical science, acquire the skills of a competent clinician, gain insight into the psychosocial dimension of disease and develop the professional attitudes of a caring and compassionate physician. It forms a continuum with the preclinical courses and with the concurrent clinical clerkships and electives.                                                         

Components of the clerkship include:
  • Patient care.
  • Principles of family medicine.
  • Community medicine, preventive medicine and public health.
  • Behavioral science and psychosocial aspects of medical care.

The clerkship emphasizes the comprehensive, continuing care of patients. Its ambulatory setting complements the hospital-based training of the other clerkships and supplements the instruction received in ambulatory clinics dedicated to medical specialties.

Family Medicine Clerkship Director
Vasil (Bill) Nika, MD

Curricular Components

M2 year:

  • Clinical skills teaching
  • EPC course:
    doctor-patient communication
    clinical epidemiology and population health
  • Standardized patients
  • Ambulatory primary care
  • QI project

M3 year:

  • Ambulatory primary care
  • Videotaping project for doctor-patient communication
  • Education conferences
  • Medical education
  • Practice-based research network