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Introduction to Community Medicine (ICM)

As part of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine program, this community-based focus experience is designed to introduce medical students to the challenges and rewards of community-based primary care by providing them with the opportunities to spend a day observing doctors and their medical staff, conducting patient histories and physical exams, among other learning experiences. Furthermore, the geriatrics community-based experience is designed to introduce medical students to community-based geriatric  and ambulatory care through a day in an assisted-living facility. Students are given practical education and opportunities to evaluate geriatric patients in their homes, perform mental status exams and medication assessments, as well as  safety and ADL/IADL assessments.

Participating clinics include:

Alta Med

Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center

Family Health Care Center of Greater Los Angeles

Saban Free Clinic (formerly LA Free Clinic)

South Central Family Health Center

St. John’s Well Child Health Center

Please visit the Participating Clinics, Hospitals, & Organizations page for site profiles.

For more information, please contact Jo Marie Reilly, Associate Director of Introduction to Clinical Medicine at jmreilly@usc.edu.