Family Medicine Clerkship


Participation in the Family Medicine Clerkship provides 3rd-year students with an overview of the specialty of Family Medicine, residency training, practice patterns and common diagnoses seen in the family physician’s office. Students may elect to do their clerkship locally or away with a board-certified family physician. Away sites are sites more than two hours away from Georgetown that offer opportunities to experience the variety of Family Medicine across the country. For more detailed information:

  • Family Medicine Clerkship Syllabus
  • Away Rotation FAQ
  • Instructions for Clerkship Preceptors


  • To provide clinical training experience in ambulatory primary care, specifically in the setting of Family Medicine, over a wide range of diseases, patient characteristics, and encounter settings.
  • To provide opportunities for training in rural and underserved settings.
  • To provide training opportunities and resources to practice techniques of Evidence-Based Medicine.
  • To promote interest in further training in the specialty of Family Medicine.


The Family Medicine Clerkship utilizes the GUSOM lottery, where students can note their interest in an away, military, local away, suburban, urban, or community health center. However, please see Away Rotation FAQ regarding away rotations. NOTE: Choosing the away option in the lottery only tells us that you are interested in going away; it DOES NOT secure you an away spot.


  • Local sites can be up to one hour away from GU main campus by car. There are no sites at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital campus, but sites are located in the District of Columbia, as well as in the suburbs of MD, and VA.
  • We have 2-4 spots each month at underserved sites.


  • Our local military site, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, is mostly, but not exclusively, available to military students on HPSP scholarshipAdditional onboarding requirements will be required for civilians. As a Department of Defense site you must be a US citizen (no dual citizenships) to work there. This site may also include rotating through inpatient service and require one Sunday call day.


  • A maximum of six students can go on an away rotation each four-week block of the year, and all associated expenses must be covered by the students; however, the final number of away spots is determined by the Course Director and may depend on the number of students enrolled in that block. The applications are reviewed/approved on a first come, first served basis. Please see the Away Rotation FAQ for more detailed information. 

For more information please email Clerkship Coordinator, Ms. Xerxeser Kayode at

Updated March 2021