Family Medicine


Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL): Hosted by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), this website provides a search engine for family medicine educators. Click on Search for a drop down menu of over 1,500 resources.

Family Medicine Digital Medial Library: Examinations of patients and other educational materials are illustrated in videos.

Public Health Image Library (PHIL): Photos, illustrations, multi-media files of diseases can be found in this library for use in medical education. A unique resource provided through funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Drexel University College of Medicine and support from the American Academy on Communication in Health Care (AACH). Approximately 41 media-rich educational modules cover various aspects of healthcare communication skills taught in medical education. The resource provides users with knowledge, skills review and opportunities for reflection. Assignments are given to students along with assessment of performance via discussion, multiple choice and short answer questions.

The Physicians' Information and Education Resource (PIER): A free resource to members of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Clinical educators use this database to find authoritative and evidence-based clinical information used in teaching medical education.

UpToDate: A database for clinical educators, clinicians, institutions and patients. Though a subscription is needed, free review of the database can be seen as to how the latest evidenced based medicine can be used for training programs and also to improve patient care.

Dr. Brian Alpers Useful Links: Dr. Alpers web site provides a vast amount of resource links and information on a variety of topics that can be utilized in medical student education.

Teaching in Your Office: A Guide to Instructing Medical Students and Residents: A listing of education resources can be found at this American College of Physicians (ACP) Internal Medicine website. Click on each of the topics listed to view additional resources.

Alcohol Clinical Training (ACT) Project: Established by the Boston Medical Center and Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, this free on-line newsletter and curriculum for educators and clinicians teach skills on how to address alcohol problems in primary care settings. Power point teaching slides, curriculum information, etc. are included.

Case-Based Curriculum of Clinical Medicine Physical Exam: Cases, questions, images, etc. are provided for medical education.

Yale Medical School Case Studies: While accessing the various educational case studies, click on the numbers listed at the top for a variety of additional information related to each case.

Acid-Base Physiology Clinical Examples: This application assists with applying issues clinically to patient care. The series of real patient examples are used as an educational tool to gain practical experience, to assist with the assessment of the cases and to highlight the importance of clinical details.

Thyroid Disorders Testing Algorithm

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement: Health care guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of headaches. Includes algorithms and common headache types.

High Blood Pressure: Figure 8 on this website from US Library of Medicine is an algorithm for treatment of hypertension.

Diabetes: has algorithms on diagnosing diabetes, but you must sign up to become a member (free).

Digestive Problems/Abdominal Pain: Images, algorithms, video and audio search results for various types of abdominal pain.

Arthritis and Rheumatism: Access Medicine has many images, algorithms, video and audio files.

Allergies: Here is an allergic reaction algorithm from Suny Suffolk University.

Influenza/common cold: Here is all you need to know about seasonal influenza from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Common symptoms: A place on the web to send patients for information.

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Sample Clerkship Training Information

Family Medicine Clerkship: Loyola University Medical Education Network (LUMEN) lists assignments, learning objectives and other requirements for their Family Medicine Clerkship.

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Medical Education Associations and Journals

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM): The vision of the Society is to advance Family Medicine to improve health through a community of Teachers and Scholars. Membership includes a monthly scholarly journal featuring clinical and educational research articles and other educational materials. In addition to hosting a digital library, the Society also publishes and distributes books, monographs, and videotapes of interest to family medicine educators. (digital library)

Family Medicine Journal: The official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine provides access to digital resources and other educational information.

Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM): The Education Committee and various other task forces and work groups of SGIM help develop new material geared toward internal medicine training. SGIM maintains a central repository for information on curricula and educational resources for clinician educators and they help develop and evaluate innovations in medical education. Click on resources for additional information on teaching geriatrics, HIV counseling, etc.

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Michigan State University's Family Medicine Resources

Department of Family Medicine

Completing A Life: Used in medical education, this site provides a comprehensive list of palliative care resources, personal stories and detailed information surrounding completing a life.

Family Care Research Program:

The Great Lakes Research into Practice Network (GRIN):

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Social Media

Ask DrWiki: A medical wiki with the goal of creating a collective online memory for physicians, nurses and medical students.

Medpedia: An open platform connecting people and information to advance medicine.

Patientslikeme: This site started as an information database and meeting place for people with rare diseases, but now it has spread to people with all types of diseases.

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