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Medical students will excel in their family practice clerkships with the practical information in this pocket-sized resource! It examines key clinical skills · patients presenting with a sign, symptom, or abnormal lab value · and patients presenting with a known condition—each in its own section for easy reference. Useful illustrations, key points, and clinical cases throughout the text put essential guidance at the reader's fingertips.

• Describes the special characteristics of a family medicine practice clerkship and provides guidance on working in an office-based community setting.

• Offers concise guidance on essential diagnostic tests and office procedures.

• Examines a broad range of physical and mental health issues for male and female patients across the lifespan.

• Addresses the questions students are most likely to be asked by attending physicians during their clerkship.

• Helps readers prepare for board exams with USMLE-style questions, answers, and rationales.

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Reviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This 500-page manual is designed to be a reference guide for medical students taking a family medicine clerkship. Its format lends itself to a practical "how to" focus for students beginning their clinical years.
Purpose: The book is intended to deal specifically with medical students on their family medicine clerkship. Although numerous comprehensive texts on the specialty exist, as well as additional manuals, this is the first work designed specifically for the needs of the student clerk.
Audience: Because of its unique structure, the audience will be somewhat limited. Although students in allied health fields will find useful information regarding the unique aspects of ambulatory care, third year medical students will identify most closely with the work. The format may be viewed as a bit too simplistic for fourth year students. The authors are all distinguished faculty members of one of the strongest family medicine departments in the country.
Features: After a very thoughtful and timely introduction to the unique aspects of a family medicine clerkship compared to most other clinical experiences, the book considers the clerkship experience from two standpoints: encounters with patients with symptoms only (undifferentiated problems) and patients for whom the medical condition is known and the visit is one of follow-up. Etiology, evaluation, and treatment are emphasized, with a "Key Points" section that will be particularly helpful in a sometimes frenzied outpatient setting. Case discussions are included, and are very well done.
Assessment: This is an excellent guide for those students taking a family medicine clerkship during their third year of medical school. It is not a substitute for a more comprehensive text in the discipline, nor is it intended to be. However, it will guide many students coming off less hurried inpatient rotations through the much faster paced, and I would contend, much more difficult ambulatory based family medicine rotation with its reassuring, disciplined, and very professional approach.
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Written for third and fourth year medical students in the family practice rotation, but also useful to nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants, this collection of articles focuses on practical information, including clinical, diagnostic, and office procedures.
SciTech Book News, September 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323029506
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/3/2005
  • Series: Clerkship Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction to the Family Medicine Clerkship

1. Secrets to being a successful student

2. Definition and scope of FM

3. Role of med student on FM clerkship

4. Orientation to the office/practice/community

5. Definition of family

6. Communication skills

7. Learning contracts

8. Biopsychosocial model

9. Prevention of disease in FM

10. Perioperative care

11. Practical skills for the medical student (IV -X-ray interpretation –Suturing –Venipuncture –Injections –Castings -Office lab –EKG Arterial puncture)

Section 2: Patients Presenting With a Symptom, Sign, or Abnormal
Lab Value

12. Abdominal pain

13. Arthralgia/joint pain

14. Back pain

15. Behavioral problems

16. Chest pain

17. Cough and congestion

18. Dizziness and syncope

19. Dyspepsia

20. Dyspnea

21. Earache

22. Fatigue

23. GI bleeding

24. Headache

25. Heartburn

26. High cholesterol

27. Hypertension

28. Lower extremity pain and swelling

29. Lymphadenopathy

30. Pregnancy

31. Rash

32. Sore throat

33. Sleep problems

34. Vaginal bleeding

35. Vaginal discharge

Section 3: Patients Presenting with a Known Condition

36. Abuse/neglect/violence

37. Asthma/COPD

38. Angina and CAD

39. Cancer care and screening

40. CHF

41. Dementia

42. Depression/anxiety

43. Diabetes mellitus

44. Family discord/dysfunction

45. Frailty

46. Health care maintenance - adults and kids

47. Liver and biliary tract disease

48. Menopause

49. Nutrition problems and obesity

50. Perioperative care

51. School problems

52. Seizures

53. Substance abuse

54. STDs

55. Thyroid Dx

56. Trauma

57. UTI

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