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Medical Student Education

Welcome to the Department of Family & Community Medicine's (DFCM) website for students. The education programs and activities in DFCM encompass teaching in all four years in the medical school as well as educating additional learners in many of Jefferson’s health professions programs: pharmacy, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, couple and family therapy, MPH, and the nurse practitioner program. 

What does a Family Medicine physician do?

"Family physicians are personal doctors for people of all ages and health conditions. They are a reliable first contact for health concerns and directly address most health care needs. Through enduring partnerships, family physicians help patients prevent, understand, and manage illness, navigate the health system and set health goals. Family physicians and their staff adapt their care to the unique needs of their patients and communities. They use data to monitor and manage their patient population, and use best science to prioritize services most likely to benefit health. They are ideal leaders of health care systems and partners for public health."

— Phillips RL, Brundgardt S, Lesko SE, et al. The future role of the family physician in the United States: a rigorous exercise in definition. Ann Fam Med. 2014;12(3):250-5.

Read the full article here: Role of Family Physician

Urban Underserved ProgramCongratulations to the newest members of the Urban Underserved Program!
Pictured above are members of SKMC's Class of 2019 who have recently
been accepted into the UUP.

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University helps expose students to the specialty of Family Medicine. The group regularly hosts seminars and publicizes local events related to Family Medicine. Email to be added to the list. 

Past Events

  • Sports Medicine: FMIG lunch presentation with Dr. Jeremy Close. 10/28/15
  • Recent Graduate Presentation: Dr. Ben Mati (class of 2012) on family medicine residencies. 9/17/15
  • Strolling through the Match: Q&A on Residency Applications. 8/25/15
  • How to Rock Your Interview Day: Christiana's Family Medicine residents share their experiences. 8/24/15
  • Lessons from the Streets: FMIG event with Dr. Lara Weinstein, MD, MPH. 5/1/15
  • Post-Match Panel: What do recently matched 4th years have to say? 3/25/15
  • OB in Family Medicine: FMIG event with Dr. Edward Buchanan. 3/9/15
  • Open House: What to expect in 4th year scheduling. 1/13/15
  • Meet the Department: A chance for students to learn more about Family Medicine from our faculty, fellows, and residents. 12/2/14

Conferences & Scholarships

AAFP National Conference

MS4s at the AAFP National Conference in Kansas City!

Pisacano Scholarships: Provides leadership training and up to $28,000 per year to 10 medical students nationwide who are committed to the field of Family Medicine. Learn more here: Pisacano Leadership Foundation

Apply today to join the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation's Emerging Leaders Institute! Selected students will receive a $1,000 stipend to attend the National Conference (details below) and participate in the Institute. Learn more here: Emerging Leaders Institute

National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students: Great opportunity for students interested in Family Medicine to meet representatives from Residency Programs and participate in conference sessions on topics like writing a personal statement. The AAFP and PAFP both offer several scholarships and students are encouraged to apply to both. Learn more here: National Conference

Family Medicine 2015 Match

Congratulations to the 26 students who matched into Family Medicine! Click here to see student pictures and the programs they'll be joining. 


MS4 Student

Congratulations to MS4 Valerie Good! Valerie received a Family Medicine Emerging Leaders scholarship. Awarded by the American Academy of Family Physicians, this is a prestigious honor given to only 30 students and residents nationwide!

MS4 Student

Congratulations to the Class of 2015's Roma Amin! Roma was selected as one of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Student Scholarships for her work on the YES clinic. Roma is pictured above with Dr. Marisyl de la Cruz at the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education where her poster was displayed.


The American Academy of Family Physicians has great resources for students! Check out a few links below.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians offers CV tips, student leadership opportunities, and a "What is Family Medicine?" publication series.

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) has a student resource library. Become a member today to access learning modules and presentations.

Journals Related to Family Medicine

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Christine Jerpbak, MD

Christine Jerpbak, MD 
Vice Chair, Academic Affairs 

Fred Markham, MD

Fred Markham, MD
Clerkship Director

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