The University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine predoctoral educational programs provide core elements to all medical students, "putting it together" from the generalist's perspective.
The Family and Community Medicine Third-Year Clerkship utilizes a community-oriented family medicine problem-solving conceptual approach to common clinical problems and prevention. Students are assigned from a variety of clinical sites, urban and rural, located throughout the state of Arizona.
Unique Fourth-Year Elective Opportunities in the Family and Community Medicine Program include:Indian Health Service Preceptorship; Emergency Care in Family Practice; Preceptorship in International Health (Open to UA students only); Global Health: Clinical and Community Care annual course, (open to all Year III or IV U.S. and Canadian medical students and primary care residents)
Opportunities related to Family and Community Medicine
- Global Health Forum: promotes medical education/experiences in developing nations.
- MD-MPH Programs: a longitudinal curriculum for selected medical students, which provides public health competencies.
- The Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program reinforces volunteer students' primary care interests in inner-city, rural and international practice.
- Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP), selects 15 students per class, placing them with rural preceptors on 3 rotations from Year I through IV.