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Elective Title: 18YF701 — FAMILY PRACTICE


Welcome to the wonderful world of Family Medicine! This rotation is designed to expose medical students to the full spectrum of Family Medicine with both inpatient and outpatient experiences. We educate students in all aspects of primary care and can assist in career decisions. First contact with patients, development of differential diagnosis, and expansion of treatment plans will be stressed. Each student will participate in our family practice center under the supervision or our program directors and residents.  The standard rotation schedule includes experiences in obstetrics, pediatrics, outpatient FMRC clinic, behavioral health clinic, and inpatient palliative care.  Several procedures are available as well and participation is encouraged.  The schedule can be tailored to weigh more heavily in the following areas if desired:
• Obstetrics (students can be paired with a resident and participate in a continuity delivery)
• Outpatient procedures (OB and MSK ultrasound, colonoscopy, colposcopy, dermatologic procedures, IUD and nexplanon, toenail surgery and more)
• Inpatient and outpatient adult medicine and pediatrics experiences
Evaluation: Every resident and faculty member with whom the student works will complete an evaluation.  Using these evaluations, the course director will complete an overall evaluation which will be used to determine a final grade.  

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org)

Director: Luke S. Ernstberger, M.D.

Campus: Muncie

Location: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate a working knowledge of common outpatient medical problems and those for which patients are commonly admitted to a family medicine service (PC1)

  • 2) Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis in patient care (PC2)
  • 3) Demonstrate effective and succinct oral presentation in patient care (ISC5)
  • 4) Create an effective and succinct admission History and Physical (PC1)
  • 5) Follow and have primary responsibility for the care of the patients they admit (from admission through discharge) (PC1)
  • 6) Work with hospital healthcare team to transition patient safely back to outpatient setting (PC6)
  • 7) Perform procedures when indicated on their patients (under the direct supervision of attending/resident) (PC5)
  • 8) Assess the psychosocial aspects of a patient�s history and the effects they might have on the health of that patient) (SBP2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Didactic

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org) This course may be dropped/added with 15 days of the beginning date for the elective. Every effort will be made to provide housing; arrangements will be made prior to arrival.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None