A Typical Visit

The Student Family Health Care Center (SFHCC) is a free clinic that is also a learning experience for students. Patients generally arrive at 5:45 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and first meet with a team of about 5 students. The team consists of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year medical students. In an effort to learn and hone skills, students ask a lot of questions and do a complete physical exam, with some repetition to be sure nothing is missed.The 1st and 2nd year students take the lead in asking questions and performing the physical exam while the 3rd and 4th year students guide them.

The teams then meet with an attending physician and report what they have found to formulate a plan. Afterwards, the patient meets with the team and doctor to discuss the plan and for the doctor to confirm the students' findings. There may be a few more questions and a quick physical exam before the plan is discussed with the patient, which can include medications or additional tests. Every patient gets counseling and education concerning their medical problems.