Family Medicine Core Clerkship (FMED 405)

The Family Medicine clerkship course comprises 8 weeks of the 16-week integrated Family Medicine-Mental Health block during core clerkship and is a component of the MDCM curriculum. During their Family Medicine course, students work as part of a team, whose members may include a staff physician, family medicine residents, nurses, and other allied health care practitioners.  Students assess and follow patients under the supervision of team members. The degree of responsibility for patient care may vary, depending on the level of training and previous experience during clerkship.  The Family Medicine experience occurs in two different contexts:

1. Urban Family Medicine

  • Students will complete four consecutive weeks of urban Family Medicine, as part of a combined eight-week longitudinal ambulatory Family Medicine-Psychiatry experience.   Students will attend a common academic half-day every Tuesday afternoon.
  • During their urban time, medical students will participate in clinical activities in one or more Family Medicine settings including, but not limited to, Family Medicine Units, Family Medicine Groups, CLSCs, and community practices. 

2. Rural Family Medicine

  • Students must complete four consecutive weeks of their Family Medicine clerkship in a rural setting.  This usually occurs at a McGill-affiliated site, though may occur outside of the McGill community with approval from the course director.

For additional information concerning the Family Medicine Core Clerkship requirements:

Procedures for selecting a Family Medicine Clerkship rotation:

  1. All students should attend the clerkship orientation session in January of 2nd year. This meeting will provide you with information on how to make your choices.
  2. Every student must complete the online registration form from the Faculty of Medicine by the requested due date to choose the urban and rural family medicine sites.
  3. Students wishing to do a rural rotation outside of the McGill system must indicate their intent on the on-line choice form, which will be returned to the Department of Family Medicine.
  4. McGill urban and rural sites will be assigned by mid-May. The schedule will be sent by email to the class by the Faculty of Medicine.
  5. Furthermore, all students applying for special rotations must also submit a proposal for a special Family Medicine Clerkship form (available online at the Family Medicine website) respecting the appropriate deadlines. Students will be informed whether or not their special rotation has been approved.

NOTE: Students that have selected a McGill rural rotation cannot make any switches to a non-McGill special rotation.