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
- Accessibility/ Availability/ Approachability
- 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
- Wider spectrum of knowledge vs. in-depth, narrow knowledge
- 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:
- 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:
- Native Americans
- Jehovah Witness
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
- The effect of patients’ diseases on their Family
- The effects of the family support in patients’ diseases
- 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
Shoulder examination & infiltrations
Mole extraction & Suturing
- Final Exam
- Shelf Exam from the US