Medical Student Education

CHFM plays a major role in medical student teaching and maintains a key leadership role in educational policy within the University of Florida College of Medicine. CHFM faculty have chaired the Curriculum Committee and have had a major impact on the curriculum, including several very successful innovations.

One of our faculty also serves as Chair of the Clerkship Director’s Committee, and another keeps the College of Medicine on the cutting edge of educational technology in his role as Assistant Dean for Informatics. Several other faculty serve on education-related committees, such as the Curriculum Committee and the Evaluation and Professionalism Subcommittees of the Curriculum Committee.

The CHFM faculty involved with our Medical Education Program are:

Our faculty teach in a number of required first, second and third year courses, including Essentials of Patient Care; Ethical and Legal Issues in Medical Practice; Physical Diagnosis; Epidemiology, and the Medicine, Psychiatry, and Family Medicine/Geriatrics clerkships.

Our faculty serve as course directors for the following 4 required courses, plus many electives:

First Year Preceptorship

This course consistently rates as one of the highlights of the first year.

Medical Ethics and Professionalism

Faculty from the Program in Bioethics, Law and Medical Professionalism are involved in teaching medical students throughout their four-year core curriculum. BLMP faculty facilitate collaborative learning groups (CLGs) and team-based learning (TBL) activities, as well as deliver lectures on ethical and legal issues in medical practice, during required first- and second-year courses. They also meet with medical students for ethics and professionalism case conferences during their third-year rotations with the Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry Clerkship. Moreover, fourth-year medical students participate in an ethics case conference during the required Geriatrics Clerkship and enjoy learning about advanced topics during elective courses directed by BLMP faculty. Ethics and professionalism sessions are consistently rated highly by medical students throughout all stages of their curriculum.

Family Medicine and Ambulatory Care Clerkship (Interdisciplinary Generalist Clerkship)

In an evaluation of all third year clerkship conducted by the Evaluation Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee, our clerkship and OB/GYN tied for the highest overall rating. This rating was based on a combination of student evaluations, clerkship structure, educational methods, and syllabus quality.

Required Fourth Year Medicine/Family Medicine Option

Students can satisfy the fourth year Medicine requirement by spending four weeks on the Family Medicine inpatient service. The Family Medicine option is popular and all slots are filled early in the process. Students have responded well to the changes that were implemented to produce a more consistent and rigorous experience.

Fourth Year Electives

Our faculty continue to offer a variety of popular fourth year electives. These include several ethics electives as well as electives that address rural health care, student health, HIV, history of medicine, medical informatics, managed care, and religion and culture.

CHFM also has an excellent track record of successfully remediating students who have failed the College of Medicine performance-based exams. Two of our physicians are called upon each year to remediate students, using a highly effective model developed by them.


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