Administrative Internship

The Department of Family Medicine offers in conjunction with several Graduate Programs in Health Care Administration, a non stipend Internship. For further information, please e-mail Jill Stokes .

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  1. Family Medicine Clerkship: The Family Medicine Clerkship is a required 6-week rotation for Stony Brook Medical students. Students participate in didactic sessions on the first day of the clerkship and every Wednesday of the six weeks. The content of these presentations emphasizes common illness, evidence-based medicine, family life cycle, problem-solving approaches and other relevant topics in Primary Care. The last two days of the clerkship are devoted to testing. Each clerk is assigned to a teaching resident, faculty member or community physician at the Brentwood Family Health Center, the Stony Brook University Medical Center Family Practice Center, the South Nassau Family Practice Center, Glen Cove Community Hospital, Brunswick General Hospital, the Dolan Family Health Center, Winthrop University Hospital, or in private practice. Each site provides supervision, schedules and caseload for the designated sessions.

  2. Summer Preceptorship Program in Family Medicine: This summer preceptorship is designed to introduce the first-year medical student to the practice of Family Medicine. Our current goals are to enable students to:
    • observe the conduct of a private practice in Family Medicine.

    • study the relationship of health and illnesses in families.

    • increase knowledge of common illnesses and their management.

    • increase knowledge in practice management.

    • gain an appreciation for the concept and practice of Family Medicine.

    • understand the role of physician extenders, including physician extenders and nurse practitioners.


The instructional activities designed for the preceptorship are meant to help students better understand family practice and, perhaps, consider a career as a family physician. Students are expected to:

  1. shadow the preceptor in all practice locations, including on-call hours, medical center/nursing home visits and home visits

  2. observe and perform interviews, histories and physical examination. Over the course of the preceptorship, students should acquire enough skill to expand their responsibilities in this area.

  3. Understand the impact of illness on the family:
    • the nature of the health problems present in the family.

    • the attitude and reactions of family members to the illness.

    • changes in family lifestyle due to the illness and changes that have occurred in each individual member of the family.

    • the ways that family social factors affect the cause and expression of illness.

    • delineation of the sources of stress in the family and the ways they are dealt with.

    • a review of the relevant literature in the areas listed above. These reports will be submitted to Dr. Jaffe for review and discussion during seminars. These seminars will be held four times over the eight week period.

  4. record patient contacts on the record sheets provided.

  5. examine the design and management of the office practice, including the utilization of physician extenders.

Other Predoctoral Training

Other predoctoral training in Family Medicine at SUNY, Stony Brook consists of the following:

Introduction to Clinical Medicine: This course is the major clinical training experience in the first two years of medical school at Stony Brook. Dr. Arnold Jaffe directs this course. The course focuses on communication skills, medical interviewing, the history and physical, and physical diagnosis. Much of what is taught is within the domain of Family Medicine. Preceptors are either Family Physicians or General Internists. The course is taught in 26, 5-hour sessions. Each session includes small group discussions and demonstrations for 2.5 hours, 2 hours at the bedside with a preceptor and 0.5 hours debriefing with the preceptor. Each preceptor teaches 2 students. Currently, there are seven Introduction to Clinical Medicine sites: SUNY Stony Brook, Veteran's Administration Hospital in Northport, Winthrop University Hospital, Nassau County Medical Center, Huntington Hospital, South Nassau Communities Hospital, and Southside Hospital.

Introduction to Human Behavior: In the first year, the Department also sponsors the Introduction to Human Behavior course. This course, utilizing innovative teaching methods teaches the psychosocial dimensions of primary care. At the end of this course students will demonstrate that they have attained the following learning objectives: Biopsychosocial models, infants, children and adult development, stress, coping, adaptation, learning theory, health promotion and behavior change, culture and illness. Medicine and Contemporary Society In both the first and second year of medical school, our Department participates in the delivery of a 120-hour course entitled Medicine and Contemporary Society. This course focuses on ethical, legal and social issues in medicine and is taught via small group discussion. Our Department faculty are actively involved in the preparation and delivery of this course.

Fourth Year Curriculum: In the fourth year Stony Brook undergraduates are required to take "selectives". The Department offers a sub-internship in Family Medicine of four or eight weeks duration. The Sub-Internship offers an opportunity for students to act in the capacity of a first-year Family Medicine resident. In the fourth year the school of medicine requires a one month primary care experience. One third of the class completes this training in Family Medicine. A fourth year elective in ambulatory medicine is available to one student a month In the family Practice Center.

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