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Department of Medicine Elective Catalog Family Medicine Elective

Family Medicine Elective

Preceptor: Keith Chu, MD
Coordinator: Effie Papadopoulos,
Telephone: 718-630-8328
Prerequisites: MS III-IV


The Family Medicine Elective is a one-month rotation in the outpatient medicine clinics at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn. In the ambulatory care setting, students will spend four weeks at our federally qualified health center.

The overall goal is to experience the spectrum of an outpatient family practice that cares for the urban underserved. Students will independently interview and examine patients, and present their findings. Clinical encounters ranges from pediatrics, prenatal, chronic care, to acute same-day visits. Students will have opportunities to practice medical Spanish. Students may also wish to assist in our procedure clinic and home visits.

Students will become familiar with family medicine in an urban community clinic. They will develop their clinical skills and learn alongside residents and attendings.

Objectives of the Elective

The objective of this elective is to introduce students to the field of family medicine. Students will gain comfort navigating between pediatric, obstetrics, and adult patients. Students will recognize the psychosocial determinants of health and its impact on individual patients.

At the end of the four week ambulatory block, students are expected to be able to perform health maintenance visits, including well child checks, annual physicals, and women’s health encounters. They should be able to assess and to begin to manage common acute complaints and chronic illnesses.

Key Responsibilities of the Student While on Elective

Students are required to attend their scheduled sessions, including weekly academic conferences. They are required to submit a one page narrative medicine reflection at the end of their rotation.

Didactic Program

There are weekly lectures on Thursday afternoon. Students will meet with their preceptor on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month for one hour to learn a primary care topic.

Method of Evaluation

Students will see patients and present their findings to their preceptor, who will provide feedback on the case.

Scheduling Information

Months Offered: Entire academic year

Students Per Period: 1–2

Duration: 4 weeks