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This elective is designed to expose 3rd or 4th Year Medical Students to all aspects of primary care medicine. Students will work with faculty members the Family Medicine Program and some PGY3 Family Medicine residents to develop skills in obtaining focused histories and physical exams, as well as formulating a differential diagnosis and treatment plan for a variety of acute and chronic illnesses or injuries presenting to the primary care office.  The Family Medicine Center provides urgent care, chronic disease management and preventive care services to patients of all ages.
The faculty and residents will make every effort to accommodate special interests and learning agendas that the student may present, offering the opportunity, under supervision, to manage variety of acute and chronic injuries and/or illnesses and to perform a variety outpatient procedures.  Students will attend Family Medicine Didactic sessions with the residents on Thursday afternoons, including Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality Conference and lectures and workshop relating to outpatient medicine.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Renata Jones (rjones53@iuhealth.org)

Director: Jon Moulder, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Methodist Hospital and IU/Methodist Family Medicine Center (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Recognize conditions which require outpatient care, admission, consultation, and referral; using on the latest evidence, diagnose and manage common acute and chronic illnesses in an outpatient setting (PC1)

  • 2) Perform routine preventive and wellness measure (PC2)
  • 3) Identify psychosocial issues which impact the care of patients(SBP3)
  • 4) Communicate effectively with patients and other members of the health care team (SBP2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Assessment is through direct observation of histories and exams, case presentations and educational discussions with faculty).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Renata Jones (rjones53@IUHealth.org). Any student wanting to drop or add this elective after the initial computer scheduling should contact Renata Jones (rjones53@IUHealth.org). This course may only be added up to three months in advance of the course start date. The student should provide approval from the faculty, the request, and notification that the registrar has added the student to the course.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Students have the opportunity to work in PCMH designed care teams that encompass care managers, social work and pharmacy.

Service Learning Included: None