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Our mission is to immerse students in the principles and practices of Family Medicine and demonstrate how our specialty positively impacts the health care system through high quality, patient-centered, compassionate care.

We welcome inquiries from interested students and hope that you take a moment to explore Family Medicine at Emory. Please find detailed descriptions of courses and ways that you can get involved in this section.

On behalf of the Undergraduate Medical Education team, we hope that you too discover what we have learned about being a family physician. At Emory Family Medicine, we love what we do, and we do it well!

Program Year Descriptions


In the first year of medical school, the Outpatient Experience (OPEX) uses the talents, expertise, and exposure of primary care physicians, including many community Family Medicine doctors to teach real-world medicine to Emory students.

  • Commitment: a one-half day a week/every other week for an entire year
  • If you’re considering a career in Family Medicine, please express your interest by emailing Porsha Clayton


In the second year, there is an opportunity for students to do an elective in their fall semester. The Department of Family & Preventive Medicine currently offers electives in the following areas:

  • Cross-Cultural Medicine
  • Culinary medicine

Please see the School of Medicine's course catalog for detailed descriptions. 

Note that these electives are only open to Emory students. Graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Photo: Panel speakers at the African/Caribbean Cultural Exploration Dinner for the Cross-Cultural Medicine elective.


During the third year, students are required to do a 6-week clerkship in Adult Primary Care. This rotation allows students to work with community faculty in Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine. The student is immersed in a full spectrum primary care setting four days a week with relevant outpatient didactic topics at the school of medicine one day a week. Please note that this clerkship is not open to visiting students. As this is a required clerkship for all Emory students, letter grades are assigned.  Highlights of the clerkship include:

  • Interactive didactics with hands-on workshops, case-based problems, or games.
  • An option for students to spend their adult primary care time in a rural setting with a family physician or general internist (housing paid for by the School of Medicine).
  • Hands-on opportunities for service learning through the Hispanic Health Fair and the South Georgia Farmworker Project.

Photo: Adult Primary Care Clerkship students volunteering at the Hispanic Health Fair


This course is designed specifically for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Family Medicine.

Selected students spend two weeks on the inpatient service and two weeks in the outpatient family medicine residency clinic. 

This selective is open to both Emory and non-Emory students. 

Students who are considering applying to the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program are given precedence in being assigned to this elective from August to February. 

Photo: Dr. Julie Johnson precepts a medical student at the Dunwoody Family Medicine Clinic

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The FMIG is a student-run group, which sponsors activities for the medical students in conjunction with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the national FMIG organization. They have planned programs of activities including education forums, dinners, workshops, and outreach. Many students use these alliances to find mentors and to shadow physicians in their office. The participating students learn not only about careers in family medicine but also about the medical profession in general. Learn more from the following resources:

Free membership to the:

Interested? Contact: 

Photo: Student Activity Fair
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Get Involved

As a student, there are many ways to get involved both locally and at the state, national and international levels. 

Many of our faculty are passionate about sharing their skills and talents to give back to needed communities both here and abroad. Volunteering as a medical student in one or more of these activities is a great opportunity to interact with Family Medicine faculty and residents, allow for interdisciplinary teamwork all the while giving back to populations most at need.

Photo: Georgia Farmworker project


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