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Family Medicine Courses

 

Pre-clinical Courses:

FCM 7190-7200 Community Medicine I FCM 7190/Community Medicine II FCM 7200
FCM 7210 Family and Community Medicine I
FCM 7220 Family and Community Medicine II
 

Clinical Courses:

FCM 822 Third Year Family Medicine Clerkship
FCM 974 Primary Care Selective in Family Practice
FCM Behavioral Medicine
FCM Geriatrics(Combined Internal Medicine/Family Medicine)
FCM Family Practice in Rural Health
FCM Ambulatory and Community Medicine
FCM Sports Medicine
   
 

 

FCM 719-720 Community Medicine I FCM 7190/Community Medicine II FCM 7200

  • Required for first year medical students
  • Course Coordinator: Dr. Francisco Torres Lozada
  • Meets as scheduled

An interdisciplinary community medicine course incorporated into the first year medical curriculum. This course involves the three-primary care disciplines: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. It has a didactic component with basic topics in community medicine and an experiential component. In the experiential component, the student is exposed to primary care physicians in their practice sites in the community. Each student visits a community preceptor; at least one visit per semester. Students also participate in community service activities.

 

FCM 721 Family and Community Medicine I

  • Required for second year medical students
  • Course Coordinator: Dr. Francisco Torres / Ivan Iriarte, MD
  • Meets once weekly during first semester

This course introduces the basic precepts of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as applied to community diagnosis and interpretation of the medical literature. It also has an experiential component in which students visit a primary care physician’s office and a community service organization.

 

FCM 722 Family and Community Medicine II

  • Required for second year medical students
  • Course Coordinator: Dr. Francisco Torres
  • Meets once weekly during second semester

This course consists mainly of an experiential component in which students engage in a community service project. It is required for the students to develop a project in conjunction with a community service organization. The second component of the course is a set of formal didactic activities related to geriatrics and end-of-life care. The third component consists of three discussion sessions dedicated to critical review of the medical literature.
 

 

FCM 822 Third Year Family Medicine Clerkship

  • AVAILABILITY: Required for third year medical students
  • PLACE: PSM and Community practice sites
  • COURSE COORDINATOR: Malynie Blanco, MD
The Family Medicine Clerkship is a required four weeks rotation for Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences students in their third year. It is designed to introduce students to the role of the family physician and to demonstrate the family practice approach in the comprehensive care of common health problems in the ambulatory setting.

Experience with clinical preceptors in the community serve as the site for teaching Family Practice and Ambulatory Medicine. The student learns to solve simple and complex medical problems as encountered in all age groups of a primary care practice. In addition, the rotation gives the student the exposure to Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention, coordination of multiple services for complex problems, individual family counseling, and the social and economic relations of real world practice.

Students participate in workshops, lectures, small group discussions and supervised encounters with standardized patients, covering important topics in Family Practice.
 

FCM 974 Primary Care Selective in Family Practice

  • AVAILABILITY: Required 4th year medical students
  • PLACE: Varies
  • COURSE COORDINATOR: Malynie Blanco, MD

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The Primary Care Selective in Family Practice is a four-week required rotation in the fourth year where the student chooses the working site from a varied selection of primary care physicians in the community.

The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to enhance their clinical skills in primary care and to practice the delivery of health care in the office and/or hospital. This clinical rotation allows additional opportunity for the student to work in the ambulatory and/or inpatient service under the direct supervision of a Primary Care Physician.

Faculty for the Primary Care Selective is drawn from the fields of General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, and Family Practice. Students can select from diverse clinical practice sites in urban, suburban, and rural settings. At each site, students will see patients under the supervision of one or more clinical preceptors. Each student, however, will be assigned a principal preceptor who is responsible for overseeing the student's learning experience, and coordinating the evaluation.

The student is expected to participate with a preceptor in all daily practice-related activities in the ambulatory, hospital, or other community settings. Clinical activities during the rotation may also involve assessing patients in a variety of other health care settings including private homes, schools, nursing homes, shelters, emergency rooms.

 

 

Behavioral Medicine

Duration: Four Weeks
No. of Students: One Student
Availability: August to March by Arrangement
Place: Varies
Course Coordinator: Dr. Marta Febo

Course Description:
The student will be responsible to assist to family interview clinical sessions in Family Practice under the supervision of a Family Physician specialist in Behavioral Medicine; to read and summarize learning material related to Family System Medicine; to develop a workshop/seminar for presentation at the end of the rotation in a topic of his/her interest.

 
Geriatrics(Combined Internal Medicine/Family Medicine)
 
Duration: Four Weeks
No. of Students: One Student
Availability: Academic Year by Arrangement
Place: Hospital & Hospice
Course Coordinator: Muñeca Rivera, MD

Course Description:

The rotation combines a 3 weeks geriatrics office experience with hospital rounds with the supervision of a general internist and one week visiting Hospice patients with a family physician. Self directed learning with geriatric modules and computer-assisted programs is included. The general objective is to reinforce the understanding of Geriatric Medicine in Primary Care.
 

 
Family Practice in Rural Health
 
Duration: Four Weeks
No. of Students: One Student
Availability: Academic Year by Arrangement
Place: Castañer General Hospital
Castañer, PR
Course Coordinator: Dr. José O. Rodríguez

Course Description:

Castañer General Hospital is a 33-bed full service rural general Hospital between Lares and Adjuntas. The student will participate in ambulatory and inpatient care including Ob-Gyn. In this elective you will undoubtedly test your general medicine knowledge and clinical management skills. Housing and meals are provided for a $100 charge. This elective should be requested in advance since this setting is also used by other medical schools in Puerto Rico and on the mainland.

 

 

Ambulatory and Community Medicine


 
Duration: Four Weeks
No. of Students: One Student
Availability: Academic Year by Arrangement
Place: Varies
Course Coordinator: Dr. Malynie Blanco

Course Description:

This rotation is available for a 4th year medical student with interest in the development of clinical skills in ambulatory and community health care. The medical student will provide ambulatory health care to patients assigned to him/her during the rotation period. The student will be assigned to the Ararat Medical Center, Cristo Pobre home, La Providencia Hospice, Home visits, Family Physician office, schools and other institutions for community intervention activities. This ambulatory experience provides to the student the opportunity to evaluate, diagnose and manage the common ambulatory care clinical presentations including preventive health care.

 

 
Sports Medicine
 
Duration: Four Weeks
No. of Students: One Student
Availability: Academic Year by Arrangement
Place: Albergue Olímpico - Salinas, PR
Course Coordinator: Dr. Malynie Blanco

Course Description:

Sport Medicine is an elective course for the fourth year students. The student will spend one month visiting a sports, health and exercise center. The student will have clinical experiences with Sports Medicine experienced Family Physician, Physiatrist, Orthopedist and Physical Therapists. Self study periods will guarantee the time for the student to develop the core of knowledge necessary for the clinical experience.

The main rotation center is located at the Albergue Olímpico in Salinas which serve athletes of all levels of competition and non competitive exercising populations. It has a primary care, physiology, athletic injury, and biopsychosocial units and clinics.

The Health Care Team is composed of family physicians, a physiatrist, a psychologist, a physical therapist, an orthopedist, an exercise physiologist and a nutritionist. The student will be supervised by all the faculty and the coordinator of the rotation will be a Family Medicine Department faculty member.
 


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