Family Medicine

Medical Education Research

The Department strives to improve the educational process of medical students and family medicine residents by undertaking scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

Undergraduate Family Medicine Education

Department activities in undergraduate FM focus on:
  • assessment of student performance,
  • evaluation of instructors,
  • clinical history taking,
  • comprehensive clinical skills,
  • breaking bad news,
  • teaching human sexuality,
  • interprofessional health education,
  • medical school experience,
  • professionalization of medical students, and
  • how students choose their career. 

Family Medicine Residency Training

Research on FM residency training can be classified along the four principles of family medicine:
1) Family physician is a skilled physician
Assessment of resident performance; evaluation of preceptors; clinical and procedural skills learning.
2) Family medicine is community-based

Interprofessional teams; teaching in primary care networks; rural training; web-based education.

3) Family physician is a resource to the practice population

Preparedness of residents to work in interprofessional teams/primary care networks; best practice/clinical practice guidelines; electronic medical records; continuity of care; rural training.

4) Doctor-patient relationship
Breaking bad news; behavioral medicine; continuity of care