Resident with a patient

The central goal of the Family Medicine clerkship is to help you to enhance your skills in applying the Patient-Centred Clinical Method to understand the patient's personal experience of their illness and find common ground regarding management decisions.

This includes:

  • Becoming effective in interviewing patients
  • Conducting a skilled and sensitive physical assessment
  • Enhancing your clinical reasoning skills
  • Finding and using the best evidence available
  • Applying the principles of prevention whenever possible
  • Understanding each patient in the context of the "big picture” – the patient as a person, their family and community and their ecosystem
  • Demonstrating professional behaviour when interacting with patients, colleagues and staff