IU School of Medicine



Student will work with faculty and residents of the Family Practice Residency program. Emphasis will be placed on practical, clinical experience through direct patient care in the hospital. Students will be able to generate an appropriate differential diagnosis and initial and ongoing care plan for evaluation and treatment. Students will function as the patients' primary physician while in the hospital and will do follow-up in the Family Medicine Center if necessary. The student will be afforded the opportunity of obtaining experience in diagnostic and treatment modalities both in the hospital (60%) and in ambulatory settings (40%). The importance of continuous and comprehensive care in Family Medicine will be appreciated by the student.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Renee Tahtinen (Rtahtinen@ecommunity.com)

Director: Louis Winterheimer, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Community Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Dr. Fisher, Dr. Lisby, Dr. Mathew, Dr. Arrizabalaga, Dr. Cashman, Dr. Cerjak, Dr. Wheeler

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Diagnose and treat complex problems (PC2)
  • 2) Operate in the role of family physician by participating in the provision of continuous high quality care of individuals and families (PC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Student will be graded on clinical performance by residents and faculty , and on their ability to demonstrate engagement with patients and families in complex care. This will be evaluated through observation and discussion with faculty).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Medicine clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE MAY BE DROPPED/ADDED WITHIN 15 DAYS OF THE START OF THE ELECTIVE MONTH. To check availability, contact Renee Tahtinen (Rtahtinen@ecommunity.com).

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Yes- The student will work with nursing, pharmacy and social work as part of the health care team.

Service Learning Included: None