First- and 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
Most students placed with Family Medicine faculty in these courses are in the FaMeS program.
Family Medicine faculty are also available for informal clinical shadowing for all students, whether or not they are in FaMeS.
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
The course will meet in the Spring semester five Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 pm.
The course dates for 2014 are:
- Jan 15
- Jan 22
- Jan 29
- Feb 5
- Feb 12
Small group discussions led by practicing physicians, experiential exercises, and personal reflection comprise 90% of the course; only 10% is didactic. These comments are from some of last year’s evaluations:
- "Healer’s Art offers a forum for medical students to connect with each other in a meaningful way"
- "Healer’s Art is necessary to put humanism back into the med school environment"
- "I’ve learned I need to take better care of myself to be able to focus fully on my studies and all my experiences"
- "I’ve learned to look at one’s self as not only a physician but as a healer. That “cures” are rare but healing can often be achieved"
- "All people have a unique story, a spiritual dimension and resilience. It is the physician’s privilege to harness these in the healing process."
Enrollment is limited. The Course is sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine. Robert Saper, MD MPH and Eileen Pierce, MD are the Course Co-Directors.
To register for the class, or if you have any questions, please email Julia Keosaian at Julia.Keosaian@bmc.org.
Summer Externship in Family Medicine
This mentorship program is sponsored by the Boston University AHEC and is a joint project of the BU 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 a community setting. The student spends approximately thirty hours per week for four weeks immersed in the practice setting. These practices are all over the U.S. In order for students to stay connected to BU faculty and their peers over the course of this experience, 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 NCHarvey@bu.edu.