The Department of Family Medicine is integrally involved in medical student training throughout the four years of medical school, beginning in the first year with teaching the comprehensive history and physical examination in Introduction to Clinical Medicine I (ICM) and instruction continues over the following year through five additional ICM courses. Through these courses, students develop skills in differential diagnosis, SOAP note & prescription writing, evidence-based medicine & biostatistics, and gain exposure to the business of medicine. In accordance with the comprehensive nature of family medicine, all systems of the body are discussed using a case-based format across the age span, carefully integrating the art of medicine and osteopathic principles with the concepts of medical diagnosis and treatment of common disease entities.
In the second year, members of the family medicine faculty also instruct The Clinical Ethics and Medical Jurisprudence course and are involved as facilitators in the clinical exam and differential diagnosis workshops. They regularly observe, debrief and grade student performances in Observed Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) experiences. Prior to clinical rotations, all students participate in department-led procedural workshops. The department manages the two required core clinical clerkships rotation in family medicine for all third-year students. Many students have the opportunity to work with members of the Family Medicine Department in the MWU multispecialty clinic on campus during one of those rotations. Students also have the opportunity to experience family medicine in their primary care and rural rotations, giving ample opportunity to experience fully integrated, comprehensive, working relationships with the preceptor. Family medicine small group lectures are provided by faculty during third year clinical rotations. During the fourth year, the Family Medicine Department oversees elective rotations including, but not limited to, Public Health/Preventative Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Sports Medicine, Dermatology, Addiction Medicine, and international experiences. The department faculty participate and instruct in the Osteopathic Clinical Medicine IV course. Faculty in the family medicine department serve as advisors for a variety of student clubs on campus including Sigma Sigma Phi, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), National Osteopathic Women Physician Association (NOWPA), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dermatology, Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS) and the Business of Medicine. The family medicine faculty maintain an open-door policy and are integrally involved in coaching and mentoring students regarding career choices and the residency match process. In addition, many of the faculty are involved in assisting students with scholarly activities such as poster presentations, case reports, and book and journal publications. Research interests of the faculty include adult and childhood obesity, E-health, health policy, and education research. Most family medicine faculty members serve in leadership positions at the state and national level. They also participate in ongoing faculty development initiatives, in development of national board/shelf examinations, and as editors/reviewers for peer-reviewed journals.