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Family Medicine & Community Health Elective Course Description

Course Name: Family Medicine Subinternship
(Fulfills the 4th yr Medicine Sub I requirement for UMass students) 
Course Number: FC-400
Elective Type: A

Neha Wacks, MD, Director  

UMass Students Contact:
Karen Rayla  774-442-4117

Visiting Students Contact:
Michael  Smith

Department: Family Medicine & Community Health
Sites Available: See Below
Months Offered:

E1 through M10 (See individual sites for additional info)

Number of Students / Month: 1 student @ Memorial
1 student @ Leominster/Fitchburg
2 students @ South 6 Memorial 
Prerequisites: 4th year Lottery selection and priority given to UMass Students. Satisfactory completion of 3rd year clerkships.

Elective Description:   
This elective fulfills the 4th year Medicine Subinternship requirement for UMass students. During this intensive subinternship the medical student functions as a member of a Family Medicine team serving adult patients. This includes taking histories, performing physicals, writing notes and orders, making work rounds, and participating in conferences. The students will learn about inpatient adult medicine delivered from a family practice viewpoint, including a strong focus on evidence-based medicine and patient-centered practice.

Additional information available from site coordinators. Sites Available:

Family Medicine Inpatient Team Track (South 6 – Memorial Campus) - Offered EE1, EE2, M2-M10 - functioning as an intern’s role on a resident team covering adult inpatients from all three Family Medicine Residency Health Centers and community Family Medicine physicians.

Family Medicine Hospitalist Track (Memorial Campus)Offered EE1-M10 - working directly with four Family Medicine Hospitalist Attendings covering both adult inpatients and neonates on the Family Medicine Hospitalist Service.

HealthAlliance (Leominster) - HealthAlliance Hospital - Offered EE1, EE2, M2-M10
a medium-sized community hospital that hosts our UMass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency as its only teaching service. Working with our residents and attendings, the sub-intern will perform an intern's role on a resident team covering adult and pediatric inpatients. The service covers admissions for the residency practice, Community Health Connections, and several community family physicians. Students will spend half a day per week in the office setting.  Felix Chang, MD, Coordinator - Contact: Michael Smith (

Note: Students should not schedule this course in the same time period they are planning an ACLS, USMLE Board Exam or Residency Interviews.
Location: UMMHC-Memorial Campus, 119 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01605 or HealthAlliance (Leominster/Fitchburg) HealthAlliance Hospital:  Leominster Campus, 60 Hospital Road, Leominster, MA  01453. 
Department of Family Medicine & Community Health (FMCH):