Information for our Preceptors

Course Goal and Objectives

The goal of the required Family and Community Medicine Core Clerkship is to provide second and third year medical students with a positive experience in both a community family medicine practice and an academic family medicine practice, which will give them an opportunity to:

  1. Experience continuity of patient care in a community setting,
  2. Participate in care for families.
  3. Strengthen their patient communication skills and interact positively with patients,
  4. Participate in management, delivery, and coordination of patient care with emphasis on problems commonly seen in the family medicine office.
  5. Participate in promotion of healthy lifestyles and illness prevention through wellness, patient education and counseling of physical and mental health issues across the lifespan.
  6. Participate in attending to the emotional as well as physical health needs of the patient and family,
  7. Learn how to become an effective member of an interdisciplinary health care team,
  8. Learn about referrals and consultations with other physicians,
  9. Observe office management practices,
  10. Explore their potential interest in family practice as a specialty choice, and
  11. Develop a relationship with a practicing community family physician.

Instructor version of discussion cases

This information is for preceptors only. Students are asked to not access this information and to respect this restriction as an honor code issue.

References: Discussion Cases

PDF icon Chest Pain

McConaghy JR, Oza RS. Outpatient Diagnosis of Acute Chest Pain in Adults. Am Fam Physician. 2013 Feb 1;87(3):177-182.

Barstow C, Rice M, McDivitt JD. Acute Coronary Syndrome: Diagnostic Evaluation. Am Fam Physician. 2017 Feb 1;95(3):170-177.

Engberding N, Wenger NK. Acute Coronary Syndromes in the Elderly. F1000Research. 2017;6:1791. doi:10.12688/f1000research.11064.1.

PDF icon Headache

Viera AJ, Antono B. Acute Headache in Adults: A Diagnostic Approach. American Family Physician, 2022; 106(3):260-268. May be found at:

Walling A. Frequent Headaches: Evaluation and Management. American Family Physician, 2020; 101(7):419-428. May be found at:

Callaghan BC, et al.  Headache Neuroimaging: Routine testing when guidelines recommend against them.  Cephalalgia, 2015; 35 (13): 1144-52. May be found at: 

Gamboa S. Headache (Chapter 45). In: Essentials of Family Medicine, 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2012, 533-542.


PDF icon Cough


ACCP Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines, “Diagnosis and Management of Cough Executive Summary”:

Kinkade, S. & Long, N.A. “Acute bronchitis.” Am Fam Physician, 2016 Oct 1;94(7):560-565.

Benich III, J. J. & Carek, P. J. “Evaluation of patient with Chronic Cough.” Am Fam Physician, 2011 Oct 15;84(8):887-892.\

PDF icon Dysuria

Michels TC and Sands JE. Dysuria: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis in Adults. American Family Physician. 2015; 92 (9): 778-788.

Mody L and Juthani-Mehta M.  Urinary Tract Infections in Older Women: A Clinical Review.  JAMA, 2014; 311(8): 844-54.

Bent S, Nallamothu BK, et al, Does this woman have an acute uncomplicated urinary tract infection? JAMA, May 22/29, 2002;287(20):2701-10.

Bergus GR, Dysuria (Chapter 27). In: Essentials of Family Medicine, 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2012, 327-336.

PDF icon Dizziness

“Dizziness: Approach to Evaluation and Management”. Am Fam Physician. 2017 Feb 1;95(3):154-162.

“TiTrATE: A Novel Approach to Diagnosing Acute Dizziness and Vertigo”.  Neurol Clin. 2015 Aug; 33(3): 577–599.

“Imprecision in Patient Reports of Dizziness Symptom Quality: A Cross-sectional Study Conducted in an Acute Care Setting”. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2017 Nov; 82(11): 1329-1340.

PDF icon Fatigue

Rosenthal TC, Majeroni BA,  et al. Fatigue: An Overview. American Family Physician. 2008; 78 (10): 1173-79.

Salmon P, Humphris GM, et al.  Why Do Primary Care Physicians Propose Medical Care to Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms?  A New Method of Sequence Analysis to Test Theories of Patient Pressure.  Psychosomatic Medicine 2006; 68: 570-77.

Rosenthal TC and Patel V, Fatigue (Chapter 43). In: Essentials of Family Medicine, 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2012, 513-523.

References: Clinical Teaching

Note: there is a vast amount of other medical information and patient information available via the Internet. However, this list is focused on clinical teaching related topics:

CME Credit for Teaching

Teaching is considered a live activity (similar to conference attendance) by the AAFP. You can claim up to 60 prescribed credits (Category 1) for each 3 year cycle. You can either report all 60 hours in one year or spread them over three years. Each hour spent with the student counts as one hour.

To report CME:

  • Login
  • Go to Report my CME
  • Click on Teaching (under Individual Activities)
  • Enter Title (something like "UI CCOM Preceptor")
  • Enter number of credits: 1 credit = 1 hour (up to 60 per three year cycle)
  • Enter Start and End dates (may report as calendar year)

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