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June 10, 1974

Teaching Family Medicine in Rural Clinical Clerkships: A WAMI Progress Report

Author Affiliations

From the departments of family medicine (Dr. Phillips) and medicine (Dr. Swanson), University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle.

JAMA. 1974;228(11):1408-1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230360038022

Clinical clerkships that lasted for a term of six weeks in rural areas were used for instruction of undergraduate students in family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Once the objectives for such clerkships had been determined, teaching contracts between the University and rural practitioners were made whereby these practitioners assumed full responsibility for teaching the clerks. Although some problems, such as how to avoid "overstudy" of clerkship participants while documenting results, remain unsolved, it was found that the practitioner, in his realistic clinical setting, can make unique contributions to the education of both medical students and residents.

(JAMA 228:1408-1410, 1974)