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Family Medicine Adult Inpatient Elective (FAM 612)

Course Director: Nina Piazza, MD
Contact: Phone: (585) 273-5677 or (585) 279-4833 (Anne Holcomb)
601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642
Course Location: Highland Hospital - student will be advised where to go
Block Length: 2-4 weeks (other by arrangement)
Course Offered: Check date availability; confirm dates and enroll at the University of Rochester Medical School Registrar's Office-through MedSIS
Number of Students: 1 per block length, based on availability
Prerequisite(s): None


To develop further and refine skills in the diagnosis and management of common problems in an inpatient medical service.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the rotation the student should be able to:

  • Conduct a focused history and physical exam pertinent to the patient’s presenting concerns.
  • Diagnose and treat the 20 most common presenting concerns in inpatient family practice.
  • Provide appropriate preventive medicine and screening to patients.
  • Identify situations where consultation and referral are indicated, and make those arrangements.
  • Provide evidence of ability to engage in self-directed learning, including setting personal goals.
  • Take primary responsibility in providing appropriate medical care to inpatients in the hospital on the medical service.
  • Apply the biopsychosocial model of complete care for patients in the hospital.

Schedule of Activities

The student will become an integral part of a Family Medicine resident team. In the mornings, the student will participate in inpatient rounds with the residents during their time in the hospital. Students will be able to participate in resident teaching activities, and journal club sessions, at least one half-day session per week.

Didactic Activities

At the beginning of the elective, students discuss learning objectives with their faculty preceptor and senior residents. These objectives are revisited (and revised if necessary) during the elective. Generally, brief case presentations to senior residents, and the primary preceptor during or shortly after the patient encounters, and during inpatient rounds, will constitute the majority of teaching activities.

Required Reading

Appropriate to the medical conditions encountered in the hospital and outpatient settings. Paulman's book, "Family Medicine Clerkship Guide," will be made available to you as a reference text while on elective.

Student Evaluations

In order to receive a grade of Passing, the student must be an active member of the resident inpatient service, receive satisfactory feedback and evaluations from residents, nurse practitioners and their faculty preceptor, and return their evaluation of the elective before grades are posted.