FMCH 7511

Urban Community Ambulatory Medicine (UCAM)


Elisabeth Arendt
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered

FMCH 7600


UCAM Application for Academic Year 2023-2024 Academic Year:

Course Description: A Urban Community Ambulatory Medicine (UCAM) elective, FMCH7511, is tailored to students who are considering a career in Family Medicine and who are passionate about providing care to underserved, lower income and ethnically diverse patients. The curriculum will include various topics in immigrant health, exploring one's own culture and that of others, reviewing important primary care clinical content and priorities in providing care to homeless patients. Completion of the Family Medicine clerkship is a prerequisite to this course. Inquiries should be directed to the Family Medicine medical student coordinator at

Catalog Description: UCAM provides 12 weeks of ambulatory continuity experience in an underserved urban community Family Medicine Clinic. UCAM expands the Family Medicine Clerkship exposure to patient diversity, low income, multicultural urban medicine, and community health. Students are required to attend the Family Medicine Clerkship/Primary Care Selective seminars as well as 4 UCAM seminars. From a scheduling point of view, UCAM combines the 8 weeks of Family Medicine Clerkship/Primary Care Selective with 4 extra weeks of elective credit. The principles of urban medicine will be blended throughout the 12 weeks, as will the project. Each student will participate in a community health project and complete a journal about his/her experience. The community health project ideally combines the EBM focus of the Family Medicine clerkship project with a longitudinal project.


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UCAM - Site will be assigned after drop/add deadline

Various sites around the metro area

Required session attendance: 

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F, 7:30am-5:00pm (varies by site)

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Arranged. Must be accepted to UCAM to complete this course.

Course Objectives: 

Graded Components:

Grading Scale: P/N


Co-Directors: Dr. Christopher Reif, Dr. Joel Giffin, and Dr. Katie Freeman

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: Limited to UCAM students

Course equivalency: N/A

Related curricular experience: FMCH 7521

Secure Exam:

Course evaluation: MedHub