Posted: April 22, 2020

Family Medicine Virtual Clerkship


This virtual clerkship in Family Medicine entails (1) robust readings, (2) engaged participation in 6 video conferencing didactic sessions of 3 hours apiece, (3) the complete set of Aquifer cases, and (4) working through 20 novel cases developed by our department. 

Readings come from our standard syllabus: 

Six didactic sessions cover these topics:

  1. Introduction/orientation, information mastery, fatigue, depression, antibiotics, pain, health maintenance/prevention.
  2. URI/COVID19, diabetes, hypertension, adolescent medicine, intimate partner violence, contraception, maternity care, menopause.
  3. Alcoholism, tobacco cessation, nutrition, motivational interviewing, pregnancy options, sports medicine.
  4. Disability, geriatrics, dermatology. 5: Underserved medicine, HIV care, homeless medicine, community health centers, transgender care, groups.
  5. Case review and final exam review. Each was a tightly choreographed 3-hour session led via video conference by faculty members.

The sessions comprised mini-lectures, live chat, Q&A, breakout rooms for students to have smaller group discussions in groups of 3-5 students, and real time quizzes using Kahoot. Aquifer cases are the standard Family Medicine cases: Novel cases are included as part of this resource.


Deborah Erlich, MD, MMedEd, FAAFP, Tufts University School of Medicine
Amy Lee, MD, FAAFP, Tufts University School of Medicine
Peg Cyr, MD, MS, Tufts University School of Medicine


Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)


Medical Knowledge

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning – Synchronous
Distance Learning - Asynchronous
Educational Technology
Clinical Case

Instructional Method(s)

Independent Learning
Discussion, Large Group (>12)


Family Medicine, Virtual Clerkship, Video Didactics