Medical Student Education Program
What is Family Medicine?
- Care of all ages, from infancy through adulthood, including pregnancy.
- Continuity of care throughout life provided in ambulatory, inpatient, nursing homes and in-home care settings.
- Comprehensive care that emphasizes wellness and the prevention of illnesses, diseases and disorders through acute, chronic and rehabilitative care.
- Awareness of how family members interact and how those interactions affect the health and treatment of each family member.
- Community factors, such as socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and work environment that influence and affect the health of the family and individual.
- The family physician may work to improve the community, in addition to recognizing and utilizing this knowledge in the care of the individual patient.
- Mind-body integration, including seeking to learn the causes of stresses and resources, which are affecting the health of the patient and helping to enhance the strengths.
- Humanism, respect for all individuals, focusing on the quality of the patient's life and dedication to developing a relationship with patient where the physician is a caring, nurturing partner.
Goals and philosophy
The goals of the program are to provide students with:
- A well-balanced medical education.
- Accurate and current career information on Family and Community Medicine.
- Curriculum planning and career advising.
- Information and guidance in residency selection.
- Hands-on experience in Family and Community Medicine sites through the courses offered and successful role models.
- Opportunities to develop leadership skills through student activities, such as student-run clinics, FMIG officer positions, conferences and community outreach.
- Preparation to work with patients from diverse, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
Award in Excellence
Medical students have a number of opportunities to develop leadership skills in the pathway, from local committees, advisory boards and statewide networks to national organizations. These committees include:
The FMIG (Family Medicine Interest Group) consists of fourteen members representing all four years of medical school who coordinate noontime lectures on family medicine issues, facilitate suturing, casting and phlebotomy workshops, and promote family medicine by advertising workshops, forums, dinners and speakers to other medical students. Participating members are often selected for statewide and national conferences, such as CAFP's Scientific Assembly and UC Davis' Network Education Conference.
The CAFP (California Academy of Family Physicians) is a statewide network of students, residents and physicians interested in participating in family and community medicine. CAFP sponsors annual statewide conferences on career opportunities and residency selection.
For more information on forums, workshops, or FMIG lectures, please view the pathway calendar