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Elective Rotation - Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square

The Department of Family Medicine and Family Medicine Residency at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center have many opportunities for medical students at all levels of training interested in family medicine. We accept students from various institutions for elective rotations, including two students from the University of Maryland who rotate every month to satisfy their core family medicine rotation at MedStar Franklin Square. In addition to medical students, we also host students in other related fields such as pharmacy and social work. 

Our medical students have the opportunity to collaborate with us and improve quality medical care for an increasingly diverse and underserved population through both clinical and academic practice. Rotations are four weeks in length and can be a combination of outpatient and inpatient experiences. Priority will be given to medical students enrolled in an LCGME-accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and who are also in their fourth year of medical school and applying to family medicine residency programs through ERAS, OR in their third year of medical school and have an interest in pursuing a career in family medicine.

Our Family Health Center is an NCQA Level III patient-centered medical home (PCMH)—a model of healthcare delivery aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of care by using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. With more than 10,000 patients and 30,000 visits per year, our Family Health Center exposes medical students to a very diverse patient population and a large percentage of pediatric patients. This allows students to participate in the management of chronic diseases, preventive care, developmental assessment, acute patient issues, project-based learning and quality improvement, patient registry data, and other PCMH projects.

During their rotation, medical students work 1:1 with senior residents and faculty in a welcoming teaching environment and are exposed to a wide variety of clinical experiences, including adult medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopaedics, gynecology, obstetrics, office procedures and behavioral health. Our students participate in home visits and didactics alongside the residents, and also participate in specialty clinics within our health center, such as sports medicine and dermatology. In addition, our core faculty is augmented by five pediatricians and a PharmD who have regular clinical and teaching roles that add to the elective rotation. Educational sessions cover multiple areas of pharmacy, including hypertension, antibiotic selection, smoking cessation, patient education and adverse drug reactions.

Application materials include:

  • Demographic Form (PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae including board scores
  • Medical school transcript
  • Statement of interest in family medicine
  • Statement of interest in MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center or the State of Maryland

To apply for a rotation, please submit application materials via e-mail to or by fax to 443-777-8489. If you have any questions, please call Kathy Whelan​ at 443-777-6544​.

We look forward to working with you,
Nancy Barr, MD

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