The first day of the Clerkship will be used as an orientation day for students from the two rotations. Students will receive instructions on the clerkship, attaching each student to a personal instructor for the entire rotation. They will also receive a time schedule of all the activities.  Following this first Monday, lectures will take place on Wednesdays, from 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM.


  • Introduction to Family Medicine
  • Students will learn about the main characteristics of the primary care setting and family medicine. Issues to be discussed include:


  • Primary level of care vs. secondary and tertiary levels.
  • Continuity of care
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Accessibility/ Availability/ Approachability
  • Coordination
  • Working with families
  • The bio-psycho-social model (Holistic medicine)
  • Patient centerdness and agendas
  • Illness vs. disease
  • Diseases in their early (undifferentiated) stages.
  • Illness behavior/ health seeking behavior/ health services use patterns
  • Wider spectrum of knowledge vs. in-depth, narrow knowledge (specialists)
  • Clinical decision making under uncertainty
  • Community oriented primary care
  • Office and home visits
  • Team work


  • Common Clinical Problems
  • This is a series of four lectures dealing with common clinical problems seen in the primary care setting.  Special emphasis will be given to the way these clinical problems are seen by family doctors. Discussion will deal with the uncertainty generated by the undifferentiated picture some clinical problems have in their early stages:


  • Psychopathology
  • Respiratory infections
  • Gynecologic problems
  • Dermatological Problems


  • Cross-Cultural Medicine
  • As seen during the introductory lesson about Family Medicine, this discipline deals with a patient centered approach in which patients’ characteristics “dictate” ways in which we will tailor special treatment modalities for each individual.  Since this MD program deals with international health and medicine, a special emphasis will be given to the area of trans-cultural medicine, in which a physician from a certain culture treats a patient from a different one, who has different health beliefs. Three meetings will take place with the active participation of students. Three of the immigration waves to Israel will be used as examples (Yemenite, Ethiopian and former USSR). Students will choose other examples of trans-cultural encounters, characteristic of their own country/ area of origin.  This will include not only people who immigrated from other countries but people with different religious or health beliefs. Some of the proposed examples (from the US) include:


  • Hispanic
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Native Americans
  • Jehovah Witness
  • Amish



Students will perform a literature search on the area of their interest, and are expected to give a 15 minute presentation each.  Students will receive instruction during the orientation day.




  • Chronic Diseases in Primary Care
  • These lectures will deal with the most common chronic diseases as seen in primary care.


  • Epidemiology of chronic diseases in primary care
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Malignancy and Palliative Care


  • The Family in Family Medicine
  • This lecture will deal with special aspects of dealing with families:


  • The effect of patients’ diseases on their Family
  • The effects of the family support in patients’ diseases
  • Genograms
  • The family life cycle



Common Procedures in Family Medicine

Two workshops will deal with common office procedural skills in primary care.





Hand and Wrist examination & infiltrations

Knee examination & infiltrations

Back examination








Shoulder examination & infiltrations

Foot examination & infiltrations

Mole extraction & Suturing



  • Final Exam
  • Shelf Exam from the US