Family and Preventive Medicine Student Education

The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine is deeply involved in educational activities through Rush Medical College. Medical students in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program interact with our faculty through a number of programs and courses, including the following:

Family Medicine Leadership Program

The Family Medicine Leadership Program, or FMLP, is a four-year longitudinal curriculum for a select group of Rush medical students. It is designed to equip them to become outstanding family physicians who will serve as patient care providers, mentors and leaders. Learn more about the Family Medicine Leadership Program.

Early Clinical

The Explore Early Clinical Experience is designed to provide Rush Medical College students with a longitudinal continuity-of-care experience early in their medical school training, while providing first-hand exposure to the concepts and practice of outpatient medicine. Learn more about the ECE program

Primary care clerkship

All Rush Medical College students complete a 4-week rotation in primary care. The primary care clerkship is a collaboration between the Departments of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, and the rotation can be fulfilled with either department.  The aim of the primary care clerkship is to expose students to the breadth and depth of primary care and to help them achieve their own learning goals for the rotation.

The rotation experience centers around placement in a primary care clinic. To the extent possible, these are community-based clinics rather than university-based, because the majority of healthcare in the US takes place outside of the university setting. Students are expected to evaluate patients independently under the supervision of a primary care preceptor. Some students rotate at Family Medicine residency sites, where they also interact with residents.

Family medicine sites include:

-Rush University Physicians- Lincoln Park

-Rush University Family Physicians- TOB (on-campus)

-Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency

-Cook County Family Medicine Residency-Englewood

-Macneal Family Medicine Residency

-Hinsdale Family Medicine Residency

-La Grange Family Medicine Residency

Subinternship in family medicine

This is an intensive inpatient primary care experience at Rush Copley Medical Center or John Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The subintern will function in a capacity similar to an intern, with supervision by a senior family medicine resident and faculty physician.

M4 electives

Family & Preventive Medicine faculty teach several Rush Medical College clerkships and electives:

  • Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Unit (FAM725)
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine (FAM735)
  • Family Medicine Private Preceptorship (FAM745)
  • Wound Care Management (FAM761)
  • Urban Primary Care (FAM741)
  • FM Individualized (FAM 7EI)
    • Students with a strong interest in family medicine can also design an individualized elective with a family medicine preceptor around a specific project.