Community-Based Primary Care Clerkship

The Community-Based Primary Care Clerkship (C-BPCC) is a four-week required course that is linked with Family Medicine and Ambulatory Internal Medicine in the 12-week Ambulatory Practices Module (APM). C-BPCC emphasizes clinical skill development and introduces students to the practice of community-based primary care medicine in six communities throughout Iowa. Students divide their time between the physician’s office and the community-at-large. In the office, students work under the direct supervision of a primary care physician and focus on the interaction between the physician and the patients in the community. Community activities focus on health-related resources that assist the physician to manage the health of individuals and of the community. Each student identifies a health problem specific to the community and develops an independent project that describes the impact of the problem, the measures taken to solve it, and suggestions for further or improved community action.


Every student must complete the Community-based Primary Care Clerkship during the first clinical year (third year of medical school).

Medical Disciplines

Physician preceptors are drawn from Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatrics.


Each practice and each community provide unique clinical and non-clinical experiences and opportunities. Students are assigned to one of the following communities:

  • Cedar Rapids
  • Davenport
  • Des Moines
  • Mason City
  • Sioux City
  • Waterloo


Shawna Westermann, MD
Clerkship Director
4633 Iowa River Landing
(319) 467-2358

Darin Ritchie 
Academic Programs Specialist
2133 Medical Laboratories
(319) 335-8615