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Fourth-Year Courses

In the senior year, the School of Medicine requires a four-week ambulatory-care experience as well as a four-week acting internship. Family Medicine is one of the departments providing these experiences. The department has electives at the medical school, at Family Medicine residencies, and in private physicians' offices. Below is a list of these offerings. In addition, students who wish to pursue other topics within the purview of Family Medicine may propose a course of study to the Director of Predoctoral Education for approval. The proposal should include goals and objectives, a plan for accomplishing the objectives, and a means for the department to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning experience. Department approval is required.
 

Ambulatory Care Requirement (FMMD 415)

Family Medicine 415 (Fourth Year Ambulatory-Care Requirement), 152 hours. This course provides students an experience in the delivery of health care in an ambulatory setting. It may take place in an LSU Family Medicine residency or in selected private practices. During the four weeks, the student has the opportunity, under supervision, to provide primary care to patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly in a comprehensive-care setting. These experiences emphasize the importance of continuity of care and follow-up, prevention, and patient education. The electives listed below that focus on ambulatory care may also be used to satisfy the school requirement with approval from the course director.

 

Secondary Acting Internship (FMMD 418)

Students may elsct to spend a four-week block on the Family Medicine inpatient services of either Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner, University Hospitals and Clinics in Lafayette, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, or Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa. The goal of this rotation is for senior students to funtion as first-year house officers, developing clinical judgment skills by being placed in situations where they are directly responsible for patient care. This is done under the close supervision and direction of senior Family Medicine house officers and faculty. Within the confines of this supervision, the student is encouraged to take on as much responsibility as possible, including taking primary on-call duties. The acting intern is required to attend department conferences with the patient-care team.
 

Acting Internship (FMMD 419)

This four week rotation provides senior students with the opportunity to begin functioning as interns. Students will develop additional skills in all areas of core competence. Particular emphasis is given to improving skills of clinical judgment and decision making by giving students more responsibility for patient care than they had in the third year. Students are encouraged to take increasing amounts of responsibility while under the close supervision of house staff and faculty. In addition to patient care skills, students will also enhance their communication skills, and develop a better appreciation of systems based practice due to their involvement as a more prominent member of the health care team. Students will continue to increase their medical knowledge and skills of practice-based learning through reading, faculty feedback, and attendance at conferences and didactic sessions.
 

Family Medicine Clinical Elective (FMMD 420)

This course provides students an experience in the delivery of health care in an ambulatory setting. It may take palce in a Family Medicnie residency program or in a selected private practice office. During the four weeks, the student has the opportunity, under supervision, to provide primary care to patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly in a comprehensive-care setting. These experiences emphasize the importance of continuity of care and follow-up, prevention, and patient education.
 

Family Medicine Out of State Elective (FMMD 499)

This course provides students an experience in the delivery of health care in an ambulatory setting. It may take place in a Family Medicine residency at a location outside of Louisiana. During the four weeks, the student has the opportuntiy, under supervision, to provide primary care to patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly in a comprehensive-care setting. These experiences emphasize the importance of continuity of care and follow-up, prevention, and patient education.