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Medical Student Fourth Year Elective Rotations

We offer senior elective options & acting internships to 4th year medical students through VSAS.

Primary Care Sports Medicine

Course Location

This course location varies from the Family Medicine Downtown site, College of Charleston Athletic Department, and other orthopedic specialists around Charleston.

Course Objectives

  • Learn the base knowledge content of sports medicine.
  • Understand the role of exercise in health promotion and be able to prescribe an individualized exercise program.
  • Emphasize injury prevention and be able to manage common exercise and sport related injuries, acutely and chronically.

Rotation Activities

  • Scheduled to assist with direct patient care activities with sports medicine physicians.
  • Rotate through physical therapy.
  • Develop & present a morning report/noon conference on a primary care sports medicine topi

Family Medicine Inpatient Externship

Course Location

Either at the MUSC Main Hospital or Trident Hospital.

Course Description

Structured to provide the student an inpatient, clinic and night float experience consistent with the practice of community family medicine physicians.

Course Objectives

  • Learn the basic components for inpatient medicine.
  • Become more familiar with the problems seen in the hospitalized patient.
  • Be exposed and learn the emergent problems commonly seen in the hospitalized patient.
  • Be exposed to and learn many of the procedures commonly performed by a family physician in a community hospital.

Spirituality & Health

Course Location

Downtown Family Medicine Clinic.

Course Description 

Taking a spiritual history and referring patients with spiritual concerns to chaplains or ministers are basic clinical skills that every medical provider should learn. Inquiry into the spiritual areas of patients’ lives, previously considered taboo, is now taught as a method of delivering more “whole person,” comprehensive and compassionate care at the majority of medical schools. Spiritual inquiry is justified by the need to obtain important medical information and explore the patient’s point of view regarding their illness, but must be done in such a way that respects the patient’s privacy, confidentiality, and autonomy. Effectively integrating spiritual sensitivity into clinical practice is a challenge that should be addressed by all physicians and clinical care providers.

Course Objectives

  • Learning Spiritual History
  • Integrating Sensitivity to Spiritual Needs into the Clinical Encounter
  • Become Knowledgeable regarding available Spiritual and Religious resources in the hospital and community
  • Develop skill and proficiency in taking a spiritual history and determining patients’ spiritual needs effectively


The Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) is an AAMC application designed to make it easier for medical students to apply for senior electives at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals.

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Department of Family Medicine
5 Charleston Center
Charleston, SC 29425

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