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This elective is designed to expose 3rd or 4th Year Medical Students to the exciting field of Traditional Family Medicine; inpatient, outpatient, and obstetrical care. Students will work with faculty and residents of the Family Practice Program. They will spend their mornings and two afternoons, alongside their senior Family Medicine resident in the Family Medicine Hospitalist Service; triaging, admitting, diagnosing, presenting, and managing Obstetrical, Pediatric, Adult, and Geriatric patients from the Emergency Room, the Family Practice Center, the community physician offices, and other services at Methodist Hospital. They will be expected to manage and follow patients assigned to them on the Med-Surg floors, Pediatric floors, Labor & Delivery and Postpartum floor, and Critical Care floors, alongside the Family Medicine Interns and under the supervision of the senior Family Medicine resident and faculty. Students will have opportunity to follow some of the hospitalized patient in the outpatient setting by accompany the senior resident or faculty in their afternoon Family Medicine clinic two times a week. There the students will learns how to do the focused history and physical, and how to diagnosis, treat, and manage in the outpatient setting a variety of common acute and chronic injuries and/or illnesses such as gestational diabetes, a infant with a fever, asthma, fractures, wound care, malignant hypertension, COPD, CHF, and osteoporosis just to name a few. Students will attend Family Medicine Didactics sessions with the residents on Thursday afternoons. Students are expected to spend 3 night calls and 2 weekends with the service during the month. 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 do variety outpatient and inpatient procedures to include colposcopy, spirometry, exercise cardiac stress test, central venous line placement, joint aspirations and injections, casting, thoracentesis, deliveries, patient counseling, and more.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Kristie Espinal (kespinal@iu.edu)

Director: Jacqueline Nonweiler-Parr, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Methodist Family Practice Center (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Recognize conditions which requires outpatient care, admission, consultation, and referral (PC1)

  • 2) Diagnose and treat common inpatient conditions based on the latest evidence (PC2)
  • 3) Identify psychosocial issues which impact the care of hospitalizes patients (SBP3)
  • 4) Communicate effectively with patients and other members of the health care team (ISC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Direct observation of histories and physicals, case presentations, discussions with faculty).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-45

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

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person:Kristie Espinal (kespinal@iu.edu). Any student wanting to drop or add this elective after the initial computer scheduling should contact Kristie Espinal (kespinal@iu.edu). 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: None

Service Learning Included: None