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From our students

"I was really glad that we learned parts of the physical exam in ICM, because another medical student...has only learned the neurological exam and was not able to perform any other parts of the physical...Thanks to ICM and FAMES I was able to do the whole physical exam except for the breast exam."

Nora Bassiouni, BUSM '09

"I've gotten a lot of compliments on my interviewing skills and comfort with confidence and self-esteem around patients has really shot through the roof."

Kira Long, BUSM '10



What is FaMeS?

The FaMeS program (Family Medicine Student Track) provides support and early clinical experience to students at the BU School of Medicine who are interested in primary care. These students have the opportunity to participate in many extracurricular experiences that promote learning and community service (some examples are below).

In addition to the extracurricular opportunities, FaMeS students have the advantage of integrating several different curricular requirements so that they can have the ongoing support of faculty in the Family Medicine department. Family Medicine faculty members teach courses in all four years of medical school, and the FaMeS track allows students to experience strong Family Medicine support alongside the excellent subspecialty teaching at BU. The Family Medicine department at BU is committed to mentoring and supporting its FaMeS students. Even if you're not sure what field of medicine you'll choose, the FaMeS track is a great way to get consistent, early exposure to primary care. Please click Application form to learn about signing up for FaMeS, or email for more information.

Apply to our program, please click Application Form.

FaMeS curricular elements

  • Year 1
    Placement with a family medicine faculty member for Integrated Problems (case-based learning) and Introduction to Clinical Medicine (physical diagnosis and interviewing).
  • Year 2
    Placement with a family medicine faculty member for Integrated Problems and Introduction to Clinical Medicine.
  • Year 3
    Preferred placement in health centers with family medicine faculty for the required third-year family medicine clerkship.
  • Year 4
    Priority placement in family medicine subinternship, senior electives, and the Narrative Medicine elective.
  • All 4 years
    Priority enrollment in Healer's Art.

FaMeS extracurricular elements (sample)

  • Physical diagnosis and procedure evening workshops to improve clinical skills
  • Social events with family medicine residents and faculty.
  • Attendance at regional and national Family Medicine conferences.
  • Opportunities for clinical shadowing of family medicine physicians on rounds, in their office, and on OB call.
  • Evening workshop on clerkship planning and applying to residencies.
  • Summer externship (after Year 1) - After completion of BUSM I you will have preference in applying to this summer program which allows you to choose a family medicine mentor/site, anywhere in the country, where you will gain a more intensive clinical experience in Family Medicine.
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