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Medical Students

The Department of Family Medicine is the academic home to nearly 30 faculty members who have a passion for patient care and medical education. Our mission is the same one that guides UCI School of Medicine: Discover. Teach. Heal. We are committed to the delivery of exemplary clinical care, advancing research and training future healthcare professionals. 

Electives Available to UCI Medical Students:

625H: Introduction to Family Practice

625H is an elective that can be 2 to 4 weeks in length. However, 4 weeks is preferred. Students will work one-on-one with residents, and will have exposure to general outpatient adult medicine. Students doing the elective for 4 weeks have the opportunity to complete 1 week on the inpatient service. 
When available, students have the oppotunity to participate in any of the following clinics:
  • Group Medical Visits (English and/or Spanish)
  • Renal Clinic
  • Integrative Medicine Clinic
  • Minor OR Clinic
  • Mental Health Clinic
  • Same Day Clinic
  • Family Planning Clinic
  • Post Hospital Follow-up
  • Sports Medicine Clinic

625B: California Preceptorship for those interested in following an individual preceptor in his/her office.
625Q: Family Medicine SubInternship an entirely inpatient experience, with our Family Medicine inpatient faculty at the UCI Medical Center.
625O: UCI Outreach Clinic Exposes students to community-oriented primary care for the underserved. This elective takes place on Saturdays.
625F: Geriatrics with a focus on ambulatory Geriatric Medicine. For more information on Geriatrics please click here.

625M: Sports Medicine (Available to UCI and Visiting Medical Students)

625M is designed to introduce students to the field of primary care sports medicine.  The diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal injuries as well as other medical needs of athletes will be covered via multiple clinical settings, including outpatient clinics, training rooms, and athletic venues. The elective may be 2 to 4 weeks in length. 

Application for Visiting Medical Students

Visiting students must apply through VSAS (link is below).  Application decisions begin in May. Visiting students must be in their final year of education and must have of all core clerkships completed.
Visiting medical students will be asked to submit the following documents on VSAS:
  • School Evaluation Form
  • Mask Fit Results
  • Photo of Yourself
  • Proof of Malpractice Insurance
  • Background Check
  • AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • Transcript
  • CV/Resume
  • Informal Short Bio
Please contact our Medical Education Coordinator, Jacqueline Osegueda, at 
Third-Year Clerkship »

Third-Year Clerkship

The Department of Family Medicine third-year clerkship places UCI medical students with family physicians in a UCI-affiliated outpatient clinic.  The principles of family medicine and primary care will become apparent as students see a variety of patients presenting with some of the most common problems handled by family physicians.

Students will develop an awareness of the principles of community health and epidemiology, as practically applied in an ambulatory setting.  By working in the current health care delivery environment students will be exposed to a number of relevant issues such as those pertaining to insurance plans, health care costs, appropriate test ordering, and how to utilize specialists.  
Special topics covered during the clerkship include health maintenance and nutrition, family centered maternity care, dealing with a depressed or difficult patient, geriatrics, and learning joint examinations.  Other activities include participating in a group medical visit and doing a walking tour of botanicas in downtown Santa Ana.  The clerkship also offers special tracks to students interested in underserved care, integrative medicine, and geriatrics.  
By participating in the clerkship students will learn about the specialty of family medicine and the value of primary care in the health care delivery system. 

Contact: Brian Kim, MD  Family Medicine Clerkship Director

For more information 

Family Medicine Interest Group »

Family Medicine Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG), led by factuly sponsor Tan Nguyen, MD, is comprised of medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in family medicine. Student leaders are responsible for planning all FMIG events with the support of family medicine academic advisors and support staff. The students organize noon-time lectures which consist of various topics related to family medicine and primary care. They also put together evening procedure workshops and panels to serve the interests of FMIG's members. The goals and missions of FMIG are to foster and support those whose are interested in Family Medicine, increase expsore to the field and FM providers, encourage community service, and collaborate with other campus groups in professional development.

For those interested in joining and becoming active members of FMIG, please feel free to contact any student or faculty leader for more details. We have many exciting and interesting events planned for the year and are looking forward to help you in your quest to learning more about what Family Medicine has to offer.


Interest Group Contact:

Tan Nguyen, MD Faculty Advisor: 

UCI Outreach Clinic »

UCI Outreach Clinic

The UCI Outreach Clinics is a non-denominational organization that is committed to delivering high-quality medical care to individuals who have limited access to health services and insurance. Currently, the organization operates out of the Lestonnac Free Clinic and serves Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and neighboring communities. It strives to provide comprehensive care to patients by offering health care services, wellness education, social services, basic medications, referrals, and, if they are eligible, assistance in obtaining health care coverage. The clinic is intended to serve  those who fall between the cracks of the current health care system, the uninsured.

The clinic is completely run and supported by students under the guidance of our medical director, Baotran Vo, MD. The aim is to provide a collaborative and respectful environment where patients, health professionals, and students work together and learn from one another. The UCI student volunteers represent a broad range of studies, from medical and nursing programs to undergraduate and graduate. At the clinic, student volunteers work in interdisciplinary teams alongside community collaborators and under the guided supervision of licensed practitioners