Department of Family and Preventive Medicine


Family Medicine Rural Medicine Elective

Faculty: Brian Keisler, MD- Course Director

Institution: Assigned

Location: Throughout the State

Duration: 2 weeks For Third Year Students

4 weeks for Fourth Year Students

Course Offered: Throughout academic year

Number of Students: 1 - 2 per rotation

Prerequisite: Prior arrangement with Course Director

Students Report To:
Assigned preceptor.
Contact Stephanie Cox
Clerkship Coordinator,
Family Medicine Center,
3209 Colonial Drive
(803) 434-6152.

*USC SOM Third Year Elective

This elective is designed to offer the student an intensive rural family medicine experience. The student will have a "hands on" experience working with patients in the office of a small town family physician. During this time, the student will be precepted by the community physician and learn first hand of the unique problems these physicians face in the delivery of health care in a rural setting.

The student will have the opportunity to learn the benefits of a team approach to health care through interaction with nurse practitioners and other health care professionals.

The student will also acquire first-hand information about the lifestyle of primary care physicians in the rural setting and the impact they have on their patients and their community.

Finally, the student will be introduced to practice management issues pertaining to private practice in a rural setting.

The elective offers rotations in several small communities within reasonable driving distances from Columbia. Other sites are available which will allow the student to stay in the community to better experience the lifestyle of a small town physician.

It is important that arrangements be made for selecting the practice site as early as possible, preferably with at least 6 weeks lead time.