IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 18YF701 — FAMILY PRACTICE


The course objectives are designed to expose medical students to the full spectrum of Family Medicine taught in a caring environment by dedicated, passionate faculty. We educate students in all aspects of primary care and assist students in career decisions. First contact with patients, development of differential diagnosis, and expansion of treatment plans will be stressed. 1. Each senior student will participate in our family practice center under the supervision or our program directors actively seeing and staffing patients. 2. Further experiences can be custom tailored to the student's needs with opportunities in obstetrics, pediatrics, medicine, procedures, private family practitioner offices, or time in the FPC with our residents. 3. All aspects of family practice will be emphasized, with the following experiences being available: • Obstetrics (up to 10 - 15 deliveries/month are average for a senior student) • Outpatient procedures (ultrasound, colonoscopy, colposcopy, dermatologic procedures, and more), • Inpatient and outpatient adult medicine and pediatrics experiences 4. Evidence based medicine is utilized wherever possible with literature and database searching capabilities just outside of each exam room allowing information to affect treatment decisions. Evaluation: The studentís final grade will be based on performances as evaluated by attending and resident physicians. Also included will be attendance at the didactic sessions and a written H&P on one of the patients that the student admits while on the rotation.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org)

Director: Luke S. Ernstberger, M.D.

Campus: Muncie

Location: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate a working knowledge of common outpatient medical problems and those for which patients are commonly admitted to a family medicine service (PC1)
  • 2) Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis in patient care (PC2)
  • 3) Demonstrate effective and succinct oral presentation in patient care (ISC5)
  • 4) Create an effective and succinct admission History and Physical (PC1)
  • 5) Follow and have primary responsibility for the care of the patients they admit (from admission through discharge) (PC1)
  • 6) Work with hospital healthcare team to transition patient safely back to outpatient setting (PC6)
  • 7) Perform procedures when indicated on their patients (under the direct supervision of attending/resident) (PC5)
  • 8) Assess the psychosocial aspects of a patientís history and the effects they might have on the health of that patient) (SBP2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Didactic

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org) This course may be dropped/added with 15 days of the beginning date for the elective. Every effort will be made to provide housing; arrangements will be made prior to arrival.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None