The Department of Family Medicine has responsibility for undergraduate medical education in family practice and community, preventive, and evidence based medicine. In the first year, the Department conducts a course reviewing the American health care system, public health, and preventive medicine. During the first and second years, the Department provides a required course in ambulatory medicine that introduces students to office-based care. In the third year, the Department conducts a required four-week family medicine clerkship, and in the fourth year, a required ambulatory care clerkship. The Department also offers electives during the second and fourth year. Summer, rural, and international electives are also available by prior arrangement with a sponsoring faculty member. For more detailed information about each of the Department's undergraduate courses, please see the complete Medical Student Education Course List.
In addition to its undergraduate courses, the Department offers a three-year Family Medicine Residency Program and several Family Medicine Fellowships in the areas of community health center director development and primary care health policy.
The undergraduate, residency, and post-residency training offered by the Department of Family Medicine is a reflection of its mission to teach primary care, family medicine and community health to medical students, residents, and other health professionals. By providing such education, the Department contributes to the overall goals of Georgetown University and its Medical Center.