First & Second Year Courses

Family Medicine faculty teach in the following courses in the first and second year:

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM-1) FALL: Interviewing
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM-1) SPRING: Small Groups and Clinical placements
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM-2): HPE (inpatient), pelvic exam sections, clinical placements, and End of Second Year Assessment (EOSYA)
  • Integrated Problems (IP-1) FALL and SPRING Integrated Problems (IP-2) FALL and SPRING
  • Essentials of Public Health

For course description, please click here.

Students who are in the FaMeS program have priority placement with Family Medicine faculty in ICM and IP.

Family Medicine faculty are also available for informal clinical shadowing for all students, whether or not they are in FaMeS. Please contact Florence Laforest with questions or requests for clinical shawdowing.

Healer’s Art

The Healer’s Art is a spring semester elective directed towards first and second year medical students that addresses the human dimension of medicine. Major themes of the course include:

  • Sustaining idealism and altruism
  • Medicine as a calling
  • Cultivating compassion
  • Healing loss
  • Learning tools to prevent stress and burnout

For more information, please click here.

Summer Externship in Family Medicine

This mentorship program is sponsored by the Boston University AHEC and the Department of Family Medicine. It pairs a Boston University medical student between her/his first and second year of study with a family physician in anywhere in the US.  The student spends approximately thirty hours per week for four weeks immersed in the practice setting. In order for students to stay connected to BU faculty and their peers, they are asked to participate in an interactive online teaching program.


  • Appreciate that Family Medicine is a satisfying and rewarding career
  • Experience unique aspects of problem solving and decision making in Family Medicine
  • Improve skills of patient interviewing through observation and direct experience
  • Improve skills of physical examination through observation and direct experience
  • Learn about screening tools used in a community practice
  • Experience patient management in an outpatient setting
  • Become proficient at utilizing the Department of Family Medicine’s web-site for communicating with other students and faculty involved in the externship
  • Have a unique and fun early clinical experience

    For more information contact: Nanette Harvey, MD, Summer Externship Program Director at