Academic Programs


MFPM701 Family Medicine/Primary Care Clerkship

The M3 student must master cognitive information presented in the didactic conferences; lectures that cover 12 topics common to all primary care and family practice experiences (see lecture schedule). The lecture topics address a variety of issues in family medicine. The lecture content will not be reflected on the written examination. The examination is a standard NBME exam that covers the breadth of family medicine.

Students will become familiar with presentations of symptoms and signs of differential diagnoses through clinical experiences. Many of these disease processes will be illuminated in regular conferences provided at the rotation sites. This is a pass/fail course.


MFPM803 SPORTS MEDICINE - Resurrection Hospital, Chicago, IL

Course consists of a combination of a Sports Injury Clinic and traditional family practice at Resurrection Family Practice Center as well as training room clinics at Loyola Academy, New Trier and Niles West High School and North Park University. Additional time may be available at various rehabilitation centers and orthopedic offices in the area. A comprehensive overview of sports medicine under the direct supervision of three family practice physicians who are board certified in sports medicine. The student will be responsible for independent evaluation of athletes in various settings including traditional office settings, high school and collegiate training rooms and athletic events. After evaluating athletes, the student will have an opportunity to discuss differential diagnosis, as well as treatment options, with the supervising attending. The student will also see patients (traditional and sports medicine) in the Resurrection Family Practice Residency Center. This is a pass/fail course.


The student works full time with a family physician in one of many settings at various sites. This is organized along the lines of the junior clerkship but with a greater effort to have students examine patients independently and form a differential diagnosis. This is a pass/fail course.

MFPM815 SPORTS MEDICINE - Advocate Christ Hospital, Chicago, IL 

Clinics at the Christ Hospital Family Practice Center will be a mixture of sports medicine and traditional family practice. Clinics will also be in the Parkview Orthopedics Clinic in Palos Heights and Orland Park, IL, as well as game time and site visits at high schools in Chicago’s south side and southern suburbs.  This is a pass/fail course.

Students will be under the supervision of primary care physicians with a sports medicine interest as well as orthopedic surgeons and trainers. Students will evaluate patients independently and present their differential diagnoses and treatment plans to their supervising physicians. Students will also see patients (traditional family practice and sports medicine) at the Christ Hospital Family Practice Center. There will be one hour per week of formal lecture on sports medicine topics at Christ Hospital.

MFPM835 Headache Diagnosis and Management -  Chicago, IL 

Students will work under the direct supervision of physicians specializing in headache as well as working with ancillary staff for methods of assessment of headache via history and physical examination and in the use of alternative medicine techniques, such as biofeedback for headache management. Students will spend additional time with a clinical pharmacologist to further learn the role of drug therapies in headache management. Satisfactory progression of the student in the program will include demonstration of the ability to assess headache patients and develop treatment plans that will be reviewed and discussed with one of the physicians responsible for the program. The educational program will be conducted primarily at the Diamond Headache Clinic with additional time spent at the Diamond Headache Inpatient Treatment Unit at Columbus Hospital.  This is a pass/fail course.

MFPM885 SPORTS MEDICINE - Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL

This Sports Medicine elective introduces the student to concepts important to the health of athletes. Common injuries and their rehabilitation will be emphasized. The student will develop proficiency in the musculoskeletal history and physical. The team approach to sports medicine will be emphasized. Students will become comfortable with the musculoskeletal exam, especially ankle, knee and shoulder. Students will learn the important basic historical questions to ask regarding musculoskeletal injuries and become familiar with medical issues related to exercise. This is a pass/fail course.


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