Students are also expected to keep the Required Logs and complete final course evaluations (Follow
link to online evaluation forms).
Preparing for the Family Medicine NBME Exam:
1. Blueprints for Family Medicine and questions at the
end. These questions are probably easier than the shelf exam
questions but make a good start.
2. "Family Practice Board Review" by Robert Bratton.
3. "Family Practice Examination and Board Review" by Jason
4. USMLE practice questions on the Family Medicine Clerkship
website. Can print and take home.
5. Boards and Wards (outpatient, peds and medicine
6. First Aid USMLE. Step 2.
The preceptor will be asked to consider and comment on your
performance in the following areas:
- Core Family Medicine Principles:
- Identifies ways in which family, culture, and community affect
patient health and behavior
- Obtains a complete family/social history
- Educates patients about health promotion/disease prevention
- Identifies appropriate community resources for patients and their
- Interpersonal Relationships:
- Utilizes effective listening skills when interacting with
- Demonstrates sensitivity and respect to patients and their
- Develops effective working relations with the office staff
- Clinical and Procedural Knowledge:
- Applies medical principles and pathophysiology related to medical
problems commonly seen in a Family Medicine setting
- Conducts a focused patient history
- Conducts a focused physical exam
- Provides accurate, complete, and organized case presentations of
- Problem Solving Skills:
- Collects relevant patient data
- Develops differential diagnosis and describes the rationale for the
- Applies findings of diagnostic tests to the health care management
of the patient
- Develops a management plan related to medical problems commonly
seen in a Family Medicine setting
- Professional/Personal Characteristics:
- Demonstrates an eagerness to learn
- Responsive to feedback and evaluation
- Prepared for scheduled activities
- Demonstrates initiative in becoming involved with activities of the
- Demonstrates responsibility for patient care
The exam, which is in paper form will be taken in the Health
Sciences Library computer classroom. This consists of questions that
relate to diagnoses and management of conditions commonly seen in
Family Medicine. It is the National Board of Medical Examiners shelf
exam. A description of the typical content may be found at
This exam counts for 40% of your clerkship grade.
EBM Take Home exam
The point of Information Mastery is to ensure doctors look up
reliable information at the point of care and practice the best
possible medicine. These skills reduce guessing, over-reliance on
marketing or experts, and feeling overwhelmed at memorizing
everything. This exam consists of ten multiple choice questions,
many with an opportunity to write a short explanation for which credit
may also be given.
The exam tests the material presented in the Information Mastery
workshop and handout: using clinical decision support tools,
understanding levels of evidence (grading of information), assessing
the reliability or sources, describing the importance of systematic
reviews, and applying the POEM concept (patient-oriented evidence that
matters) and the Usefulness concept (usefulness = validity * relevance
/ work). Students typically spend 1-2 hours completing this exam.
This exam counts for 5% of the clerkship grade.
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Participation in Morning Report and Workshops: You will be
expected to actively participate in the two morning
report sessions and in the workshops.
Students are also expected to keep track of the patient encounters
in the Oasis Requirement Checklists and complete final course evaluations (follow
link to online evaluation forms).
Student Handbook Links:
Responsibilities | Goals &
Details | Grading | Preceptor's Role
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