Special Projects (FPMD 7400)
For University of Utah medical students who have chosen family medicine as a career
Two to eight weeks
Brief Description of Clinical Course:This unique elective is open to medical students interested in applying to family medicine residency programs. It allows the student to create an exceptional educational experience with a family medicine provider within the community to enhance preparation for residency training and primary care practice. Examples of possible special educational experiences of a clinical or medical nature include, but are not limited to: health policy, public health, continuous quality improvement, rural emergency medicine, sports medicine, or global health.
Clinical Course Goals
As a result of completing the Family Medicine Special Projects Elective, students will be able to:
- Gain expertise in a clinical or medical topic of their interest
- Experience variety in the field of family medicine
- Identify community leaders who actively engage in a topic of their interest
- Expound upon two-three identified specific learning goals pertaining to a topic of their interest
- Completion of family medicine clerkship
- Approval from course director, or course coordinator if director is absent
Role of the Student in this Clinical CourseStudents will be able to enroll for two-eight weeks of elective credit for this rotation. Prior to participating in this elective, students must identify a health topic of interest, and at least one leader in that field who is willing to work with them. Each student must then specify two-six learning objectives, which describe what they expect to learn and other tangible outcomes from the experience. Examples which some students have used in the past are given below.
Note: The project preceptor must have a faculty appointment at the University of Utah. If the preceptor is someone outside of the University, they must be credentialed for adjunct volunteer faculty appointment, a process which can take three months.
In order to successfully pass this elective, students must:
- Complete chosen objectives
- Submit a report of the experience with appropriate documentation and references
- Obtain an evaluation from the primary project advisor/preceptor