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MEDICAL STUDENTS

The Department of Family Medicine is the academic home to nearly 30 faculty members who have a passion for patient care and medical education.  Our mission is the same one that guides UC Irvine School of Medicine:  Discover. Teach. Heal. We are committed to the delivery of exemplary clinical care, advancing research and training future healthcare professionals

Third-Year Clerkship »

The Department of Family Medicine third-year clerkship places UC Irvine medical students with family physicians in a UC Irvine-affiliated outpatient clinic.  The principles of family medicine and primary care will become apparent as students see a variety of patients presenting with some of the most common problems handled by family physicians.

Students will develop an awareness of the principles of community health and epidemiology, as practically applied in an ambulatory setting.  By working in the current health care delivery environment students will be exposed to a number of relevant issues such as those pertaining to insurance plans, health care costs, appropriate test ordering, and how to utilize specialists.  
Special topics covered during the clerkship include health maintenance and nutrition, family centered maternity care, dealing with a depressed or difficult patient, geriatrics, and learning joint examinations.  Other activities include participating in a group medical visit and doing a walking tour of botanicas in downtown Santa Ana.  The clerkship also offers special tracks to students interested in underserved care, integrative medicine, and geriatrics.  
By participating in the clerkship students will learn about the specialty of family medicine and the value of primary care in the health care delivery system. 

Contact: David Morohashi, MD Clerkship Director

For more information 

Fourth Year Electives »

UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine offers popular fourth-year electives in family medicine in both outpatient and inpatient settings. 

Introduction to Family Practice Graduate Education (625H) is an elective that can be two to four weeks in length, and consists of seeing your own patients at the UC Irvine Family Health Center-Santa Ana (FHC-SA), a Federally Qualified Health Center that houses the practices of family medicine residents and attending physicians.  
You will work one-on-one with residents, and will have exposure to general outpatient adult medicine including same day appointments, well child checks, behavioral science, women’s health procedures, flexible sigmoidoscopy, minor surgical procedures, and other hands-on experience. Students doing the elective for four weeks usually spend a week on the inpatient service. Although students from medical schools across the country take this elective, preference is given to UC Irvine medical students.

Introduction to Community-Oriented Primary Care (625J) An interdepartmental and multidisciplinary elective in community medicine in underserved settings gives students exposure to community health agencies by working at the TB, STD, HIV, and Refugee Clinics at the Orange County Health Care Agency, in addition to working at the FHC-SA and UC Irvine Outreach Clinic.  Students will also visit other sites, such as For OC Kids, make home visits, and work on a COPC-related project. 

Other electives available in family medicine include:

California Preceptorship (625B) for those interested in following an individual preceptor in his/her office  

Family Medicine SubInternship (625Q), an entirely inpatient experience, with our Family Medicine inpatient faculty.

Sports Medicine (625M) for those interested in learning about the specialty of sports medicine. We also have a one- or two-week elective UC Irvine Outreach Clinic (625O), which exposes students to community-oriented primary care for the underserved and takes place on Saturdays.

The Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology offers two electives. Please click here to see the Geriatric Medicine website for further details.

Geriatrics (625F), with a focus on ambulatory Geriatric Medicine at various sites, and

Geriatrics (625R), with a focus on Elder Abuse. Students with a strong interest Geriatrics are invited to apply for these rotations.

Contacts:
Kathryn Larsen, MD Director of Family Medicine Electives

Joana Godoy Coordinator of Family Medicine Electives

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Family Medicine Interest Group »

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG), led by factuly sponsor Tan Nguyen, MD, is comprised of medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in family medicine. Student leaders are responsible for planning all FMIG events with the support of family medicine academic advisors and support staff. The students organize noon-time lectures which consist of various topics related to family medicine and primary care. They also put together evening procedure workshops and panels to serve the interests of FMIG's members. The goals and missions of FMIG are to foster and support those whose are interested in Family Medicine, increase expsore to the field and FM providers, encourage community service, and collaborate with other campus groups in professional development.

For those interested in joining and becoming active members of FMIG, please feel free to contact any student or faculty leader for more details. We have many exciting and interesting events planned for the year and are looking forward to help you in your quest to learning more about what Family Medicine has to offer.

Contact:

Tan Nguyen, MD  Faculty Advisors, FMIG

Irvine Outreach Clinics »

The UC Irvine Outreach Clinics is a non-denominational organization that is committed to delivering high-quality medical care to individuals who have limited access to health services and insurance. Currently, the organization operates out of the Lestonnac Free Clinic and serves Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and neighboring communities. It strives to provide comprehensive care to patients by offering health care services, wellness education, social services, basic medications, referrals, and, if they are eligible, assistance in obtaining health care coverage. The clinic is intended to serve  those who fall between the cracks of the current health care system, the uninsured.

The clinic is completely run and supported by students under the guidance of our medical director, Baotran Vo, MD. The aim is to provide a collaborative and respectful environment where patients, health professionals, and students work together and learn from one another. The UC Irvine student volunteers represent a broad range of studies, from medical and nursing programs to undergraduate and graduate. At the clinic, student volunteers work in interdisciplinary teams alongside community collaborators and under the guided supervision of licensed practitioners

Nguyen H with studentsVo with students