Family and Community Medicine Medical Education

Medical Student Education

The division of medical student education within Saint Louis University's department of  family and community medicine focuses on education throughout the four years of medical school.

Program Director: Kelly Everard, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator: Laura Grentz-Dolan, MS

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First Year

SLU Med SchoolWe offer the following electives in the first year to provide a variety of experiences in family medicine:

  • FCM-111 Medical Practice in the Community
  • FCM 129 Family Medicine at Mercy's Hospital's Family Medicine Clinic

Second Year

 For second-year students between the first and second years of medical school, we offer a summer preceptorship program that pairs Saint Louis University medical students with family medicine physicians in a community setting. Students spend approximately 20 hours per week for six weeks participating in a clinical practice and service learning. These practice sites may be located anywhere in the United States.

Third Year

Our required third-year family medicine clerkship is one of the highest rated clerkships in the medical school. It is designed to enable students to establish competencies in the comprehensive approach to the practice of medicine.

The board specialty of family medicine is centered on lasting, caring relationships with patients and their families. Family physicians integrate the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences to provide continuing and comprehensive health care. The scope of practice encompasses all ages and genders, each organ system and every disease entity.

Our family medicine preceptors work in a variety of community settings, such as solo practices, group practices, residencies and community health centers.

Fourth Year

SLU Med SchoolIn the fourth year, we offer the following three-week family medicine electives in a variety of clinical settings: 

  • FCM-410 Global Health: Cross Cultural/International Experiences
  • FCM-411 Advanced Topics in Family and Community Medicine
  • FCM-414 Primary Care Research
  • FCM-416 Post Graduate Training and Life Skills Mastery
  • FCM-419 Web-based Morbidity and Mortality Rounds
  • FCM-428 Medical Management of Eating Disorders
  • FCM-430 Inter-professional Team Seminars
  • FCM-434 Casa de Salud Ambulatory Clinic

We also offer two family medicine sub-internships for students who have completed their basic clerkships to give them the opportunity to hone skills in the diagnosis and management of medical problems in a family medicine inpatient setting. Students are able to evaluate and manage a broad range of inpatients from initial assessment to discharge who require acute medical and/or surgical care.

Mercy Family Medicine Residency

Additional Information
Faculty, staff and students within the Saint Louis University School of Medicine may visit Oasis for more information on our electives.  You may also contact the director of medical student education, Kelly Everard, Ph.D. or the program coordinator, Laura Grentz-Dolan, M.S.



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