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Department of Family Medicine

Medical Student Rotations

We offer electives & acting internships to 4th year medical students through VSAS. Please see below for senior elective options and information on how to apply:

Primary Care Sports MedicineDr. Peter Carek
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

Visiting Student Application Service
About VSAS: 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. Click here to link to VSAS.
When can I submit VSAS applications?
You may submit applications only after a VSAS host institution makes their electives available for application. The application date will vary between host institutions so use your VSAS "Institutions" tab (available February 2010) to research these days.
What if I'm an international or osteopathic student?
VSAS is not yet available for international, osteopathic or students enrolled at Canadian medical schools to use. Please continue to use the Extramural Electives Compendium (EEC) for visiting student application information.
When can I log in?
Student Users:
Your medical school must issue you authorizations before you may log in to VSAS. You will be notified of these authorizations by email. If you have not received this email please contact your medical school with this authorization request.
Institution Users: Your institution must create a user account for you before you can log in to VSAS. If you have not received an email with log in instructions, please contact your institution's primary contact with your request.

Contact VSAS Help Desk: If your question is not addressed above or through the VSAS website, please contact the VSAS Help Desk by e-mail ( or phone (202-478-9878) Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET


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