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Welcome to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Through a variety of courses, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health offers educational opportunities across the lifespan with an emphasis on supporting communities toward the goal of a healthier population. Links to further information about the required four-week family medicine and elective course offerings, visiting student electives, and family medicine clerkship can be found below.

The faculty and residents in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health enthusiastically embrace medical education. 

Our goal is to provide foundational clinical skills and knowledge that will shape the professional development of all Perelman School of Medicine students. We are passionate clinicians who provide comprehensive and coordinated care for individuals and for families through the use of clinical, biological, and behavioral sciences. We research issues that impact large populations and we focus on the social determinants of health that shape a person’s lived experience. We engage in quality improvement activities that add value for patients and providers in a complicated health care system. We engage our communities in partnerships with the goal of improving the health of all.

Contacts

Renée M. Betancourt, MD
Director of Medical Student Education
Renee.Betancourt@uphs.upenn.edu

Program Faculty

Medical Student Education Electives

Our medical student education electives offer a professionally fulfilling foundation for students interested in pursuing Family Medicine and Community Health.

Medical student education electives include:

  • FAM300: Externship in Family Medicine
  • FP325: Primary Care Sports Medicine Elective
  • FAM326: Community Medicine and Public Health Elective
  • FAM350: Elective in Maternal and Child Health
  • FAM400: Sub-Internship in Family Medicine
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Medical Student Education Curriculum: Clerkship

Students in our Family Medicine clerkship are introduced to specialty and primary care while implementing skills learned in the first three modules of medical school. Students have complimented the course on "finally being able to practice medicine and not just watch others do it". During this clerkship, students rotate to Family Medicine residency training sites, Federally Qualified Health Centers or primary care physicians’ private offices in a number of different communities. All sites provide the opportunity to explore ambulatory medicine away from the tertiary care environment.

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Measey Primary Care Pathway Program

The Perelman School of Medicine proudly offers the Measey Primary Care Pathway to equip the next generation of highly qualified patient-centered primary care physicians with the skills they need to transform the field. This comprehensive program not only includes clinical experiences, but also mentoring from exceptional role models; research and scholarship opportunities; team learning; courses and workshops; and community engagement experiences. We invite first, second, and third year Perelman School of Medicine students who are interested in family medicine, general internal medicine, outpatient pediatrics, or geriatrics to apply. 

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Visiting Student Electives

Students in our Family Medicine clerkship are introduced to specialty and primary care while implementing skills learned in the first three modules of medical school. Students have complimented the course on "finally being able to practice medicine and not just watch others do it". During this clerkship, students rotate to Family Medicine residency training sites, Federally Qualified Health Centers or primary care physicians’ private offices in a number of different communities. All sites provide the opportunity to explore ambulatory medicine away from the tertiary care environment.

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