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Medical Student Education Family Medicine Clerkship

Welcome to the Family Medicine Clerkship

The TTUHSC Family and Community Medicine Clerkship Team is comprised of four members: Drs. Charmaine Martin and Jennifer Molokwu, and Coordinators Maria Cotera and Maryann Dennis. Together, we support third and fourth year medical students that rotate through our Department. Our team’s goal is to mentor and encourage students throughout their educational journey to become competent physicians.

We accomplish our goal by providing our students with a tailored program to meet their needs. We have a 5 to 1 student/faculty ratio and two coordinators to advise and assist medical students. Our program focuses on developing and implementing a curriculum that prioritizes hands-on medical experience. Our two coordinators help to advise students and overseeing student schedules. In addition, our team takes great care in recruiting and visiting each Family Medicine Community Physician/Preceptor. Further, we stay current on the “latest and greatest” progress in medical student education by attending national conferences, such as the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).  Our team has an open-door policy and encourages our students to approach us with any questions, concerns, or issues they may have.


Meet the Family Medicine Clerkship Team

Charmaine Martin
Charmaine Martin, M.D
Family Medicine Clerkship Director
Director of Medical Student Education
Assistant Professor
Jennifer Molokwu, M.D., MPH
Associate Director of Medical Student Education
Assistant Professor

Gerardo Alvarez
Education Unit Coordinator
HRSA Project Coordinator
Phone: 915-215-4009
Fax: 915-751-4378

Nadia Hernandez
Clerkship Coordinator
Phone: 915-215-5559 
Fax: 915-751-4378

For more information, please email

What happens during the third year Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) curriculum?

At the conclusion of the second year, students enter the portion of the curriculum that is predominantly clinical. The third year of the PLFSOM curriculum provides richly diverse and varied patient care experiences in primary care, specialties, and subspecialties. Clinical experiences take place in the core rotations of family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery.  These rotations are grouped into three integrated 16 week blocks as follows:

What is the Family Medicine & Surgery Block?                            

The Family Medicine/Surgery rotation is an integrated 16 week block during which students will be exposed to both Surgical and Family Medicine services. During the Family Medicine segment of the rotation, students will spend 4 weeks at the Texas Tech Family and Community Medicine Clinic on Kenworthy and 2 weeks with a Community Family Physician/Preceptor. While on the Surgery segment of the rotation, students spend 6 weeks on general surgery and 4 weeks on surgical electives. Students are to spend no more than four continuous weeks in any one discipline. At the end of the 16 weeks, they will take the Family Medicine and Surgery NBMEs.  


What is a community rotation and what is required from these visits?     

Students spend two weeks with a Community Family Physician/Preceptor. Each rotation is approximately 3 to 3.5 days per week due to other required commitments such as their Longitudinal Selective, didactics, and more.  Students have the chance to see a Community Family Physician in action!  Students will interview and examine patients under the preceptor’s observation.  Students will discuss their management plans and revisit their clinical schemes.  It is the preceptor’s chance to be an educator and role model for this new generation of students. For a detailed list of our Community Faculty, see link -  Partnership Clinics & Community Faculty

Family Medicine Longitudinal Selective:                                        

Students are also required to complete a weekly half-day Longitudinal Selective supervised by our faculty in one of the following areas of specialty:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Prenatal Care
  • Geriatric Care
  • Integrative Medicine on the Border
  • Native American Medicine
  • Pharmacotherapeutics in Primary Care
  • Chronic Disease Management

In July 2013, our program will be incorporating three new Longitudinal Selectives. The new Selectives are: HIV Medicine, Patient Education, and Service Learning.


Each Thursday afternoon, all students in the block attend teaching sessions with both Family Medicine and Surgical Faculty (PhD Scientists and PharmD faculty are also included).

Preview of Syllabus for Family Medicine Clerkship

Recommended Reading from the Faculty:

  • Textbook: Essentials of Family Medicine, Sixth Edition; Sloane, Slatt, Ebell & Jacques (ISBN 0-7817-3391-X) (Library Call Number WB 110 Es74)
  • Review Guide: Swanson's Family Practice Review, Fourth Edition; Tallia, Cardone, Howarth & Ibsen (ISBN 0-323-00914-X) (Library Call Number W 89 Sw24f)