Year 3 Clerkship

The Department of Family Medicine at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is committed to the education of medical students and has taken leading roles in curriculum and faculty development. One of the department's goals is to "teach all undergraduate medical students those aspects of medicine which family physicians are best able to teach". As such, the Department of Family Medicine is involved in numerous courses and initiatives throughout the undergraduate program.

This six-week rotation is divided into two-week and four-week blocks. During the four-week block you will work with a family physician preceptor in a private practice in London or in a smaller community in Ontario. You will spend the two-week block with a family practice team in one of the family medicine teaching centres located in London, Ilderton or Mount Brydges. Students may elect to complete a six-week block at one site.

This experience has been designed to give you an appreciation of the scope of Family Medicine, the importance of the doctor/patient relationship and the role of family medicine in the community. Whatever your plans for residency, this rotation is a valuable learning opportunity for patient care in a family practice context. You will develop experience in dealing with the common problems that are seen in family medicine, in accessing community services and in working on a team within a health care system that is changing and becoming more and more directed to ambulatory, multidisciplinary care. We hope that this will be a rewarding and enjoyable rotation for you.


  • Six-week block split between four-week community and two-week teaching centre rotations
  • Various communities from Leamington to Tobermory
  • Exit interview exam using electronic audience response system (clickers)
  • Access to dermatology modules and online cases
  • Mileage and accommodation paid for by Department of Family Medicine

Are you interested in teaching in our Undergraduate Program? Visit our Faculty Resource Page for more information.