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 Medicine
Course Location: This course location varies from the Family Medicine Downtown site, College of Charleston Athletic Department, and other orthopedic specialists around Charleston.
- 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.
- 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 experience consistent with the practice of community family medicine physicians.
- 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.
Prevention and Public Health
Course Location: Downtown Family Medicine Clinic.
Course Description: Students will rotate in various public health and primary settings, see patients, participate in community and employee screening, Health department clinics, and community health center clinical care. Students will learn basic public health and prevention principles and learn how these can be applied on a community and population basis as well as on an individual basis. Students will be exposed to public health leadership and advocacy opportunities.
- Learn the rationale and methods that are the foundation of prevention services, and to be able to define primary, secondary and tertiary prevention
- Learn the basic tenets of public health science, social justice, advocacy, and the relevance and connection between public health and primary care
- To be able to determine, by age, gender and the presence or absence of risk factors, which preventive services are indicated for a given patient
- To be able to describe the local public health resources and facilities available in the Lowcountry area
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.
- 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (202-478-9878) Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET