Family Medicine

Electives

The Department of Family Medicine offers several electives options for both Brown and visiting medical students.

The Department of Family Medicine offers several electives options for both Brown and visiting medical students.
Brown Medical Students can view and register for electives using OASIS.

Visiting US Medical Students can view electives and apply for away rotations using VSAS or by sending an email.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand and participate at the intern level in the care and management of inpatients  
  • Understand and participate at the intern level in the care and management of outpatients
  • Work effectively as a team member in both the inpatient and outpatient settings

Course Description: 

This is a senior-level family medicine course that is intended to teach students intern-level skills in both the in-patient and out-patient settings. The student will spend mornings rounding with the family medicine in-patient service at Memorial Hospital of RI. This team admits new patients on long call every 4th day, and the student will spend the entirety of those days with the team. Students will carry their own patients, write notes on then, and be expected to present them to the family medicine attending on daily rounds. On the afternoons of non-call days, the student will see patients with the team’s 2nd year resident in the residency clinic.  

Duration of Course: 
4 weeks

Educational Status of Student: 
4th-year medical students 

Prerequisites: 
Completion of 3rd year 

Course Leader:
Amity Rubeor, MD

Contact information:
[email protected]

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the role of the family medicine/sports medicine physician in the non-operative management of patients with orthopedic complaints
  • Perform and document a complete shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle examination with special attention to joint specific diagnostic maneuvers
  • Demonstrate splinting, casting and how to perform a joint injection (both knee and shoulder)
  • Compare and contrast the role of health professionals (physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and certified athletic trainers) in non-operative sports medicine.

Course description:
This elective includes a heavy focus in local college training rooms where athletes are often seen before and after practices and events. Though your contacts in these training rooms are the physicians, we encourage you to arrive early or stay late in the training rooms and work with the certified athletic trainers who can help you with your musculoskeletal exam skills.

Duration of Course:
4 weeks

Educational status of student:
4th-year medical student

Prerequisites:
Completion of 3rd year medical school

Course Leader: 
Emily Harrison MD, MPH

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about the public health and clinical needs of people living in an area of extreme poverty
  • Become aware of diseases specific to Central America and the treatment of these diseases 
  • Become familiar with a community based approach to delivering care and services to a resource poor setting

Course Description: 

Students see patients in a remote rural field clinic setting. The clinical experience includes:  accompanying teams on house calls, participating in deliveries, and performing qualitative and quantitative data collection for a variety of public health projects. Students may also participate in other clinic activities such as distributing medications and performing eye exams.  Students are encouraged to design an independent study or set independent educational goals that fit with their own interests. Examples include working with a lay midwife, participating in community health education projects,  of the community or visiting community organizations.  

Duration of Course: 
3-4 weeks

Educational Status of Student: 
3rd and 4th year medical students 

Prerequisites: 
Internal Medicine or Family Medicine

Course Information

Course Leader: 
Janice Miller, MD

Contact Information:  
[email protected] 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the care and management of patients in a rural community – both in a primary care and in a urgent care setting 
  • Work effectively as a team member in a rural health care setting

Course Description: 

Students function as integral members of the Block Island Medical Center team.  Students will be responsible for histories, physical exams, and selected procedures including EKGs, starting an IV, laceration repair and minor surgical procedures. Primary care is predominant in June and September with 10 to 25 visits per weekday. Urgent Care is more frequent during July and August when weekday visits range from 25 to as high as 50 visits per day as a result of increased tourism.

Duration of Course: 
4 weeks

Educational Status of Student:  
4th-year medical students 

Prerequisites: 
Completion of 3rd year; interest in either Family Medicine or Emergency Medicine