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FMAT Curriculum and Learning Activities

FMAT curriculum

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FMAT students complete their predoctoral training in three years, following a curriculum modified slightly from the regular curriculum. The training program for FMAT students includes several innovative curricular activities that will ensure that students are prepared appropriately for their accelerated experiences:

FMAT1 Course

This 8-week concentrated course is taken during the summer between Year 1 and Year 2 under the supervision of Family Medicine and Basic Sciences faculty. This course prepares students to begin the Longitudinal Family Medicine Clerkship during Year 2.

Course Content:

  • Overview and review of MS2 basic science course materials
  • 8-week concentrated course in June and July
  • Class meets 4-5 hours daily Monday through Thursday
  • Case-based didactic and small-group sessions across 7 themes with both basic science and family physician facilitators: cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine/gastroenterology, musculoskeletal, women's health/urology, neuropsychiatry, dermatology 
  • Clinical and pathophysiology correlations material, focusing on skills for patient assessment
  • Evaluation includes daily quizzes, a weekly OSCE and two exams.

FMAT2 Course

Students participate in a Longitudinal Family Medicine Clerkship course in August-February of Year 2

Course Content:

  • Family Medicine clerkship course objectives and content
  • Conducted primarily during Tuesday and Thursday mornings, August through May
  • Outpatient clinic and inpatient hospital service, including a longitudinal experience during the spring on the students' clinical clerkship campus
  • Geriatrics and palliative care experiences
  • Additional student enrichment activities
  • Increasing independent responsibilities with clinic and hospital patients
  • Evaluation includes shelf exam, OSCE and other family medicine clerkship evaluations

FMAT3 Course

This 16-week capstone experience taken during the March-June rotation of Year 3 to fulfill the learning objectives for experiences normally required in Year 4, including selectives and the Transition to Residency: Individualized Asynchronous Learning (TRIAL) course.

Course Content:

  • ICU and critical care, including time for the Longitudinal Clinical Skills Exam
  • 1 month Family Medicine inpatient service, including time for Step 2CK exam
  • Additional outpatient experiences
  • Students participate in May graduation exercises but do not complete coursework until the end of June
  • Evaluation includes assessments used for the Family Medicine sub-I and critical care experiences