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Open Access The role of the teaching practice in undergraduate medical education: A perspective from the United States of America

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This article describes and reflects on the role of teaching practices in undergraduate medical education on the basis of teaching experience in the United States of America. China in particular, but also other family medicine‐emerging countries, continues to embark on a path of creating and embracing a family medicine‐centric system. The purpose of this article is to provide a US perspective on teaching priorities and strategies for medical students, and how these fit into a larger structure of the family medicine clinical clerkship. We emphasize knowledge, clinical skills, clinical behaviors, and strategies for succeeding as a preceptor. We introduce key aspects of the University of Michigan family medicine clerkship and the highly effective structure provided by the leadership of the course directors. This organizational structure provides a framework for implementing the family medicine clerkship for teaching medical students. As China and other family medicine‐emerging countries increasingly embrace the discipline, we hope these ideas will provide a meaningful reference.
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Keywords: Primary care; clinical clerkship; consulting skills; family medicine practice; general practice; medical education; teaching

Document Type: Commentary

Publication date: 01 September 2018

This article was made available online on 18 August 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "The role of the teaching practice in undergraduate medical education: A perspective from the United States of America".

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript http://www.compuscript.com on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press http://www.chinagp.net.

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