Third Year Students

We currently schedule third-year medical students from UT Health San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) to complete their family medicine clerkship rotations with our program. As a third-year medical student, you will be working primarily in our continuity clinic, the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Health Center on the third floor of Medical Plaza 3 by the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Westover Hills Hospital.

Our goal is to introduce and expose you to the amazing specialty of family medicine. Rotations are traditionally 6 weeks in length and include rotating with our residents and faculty in clinic, participation in didactic sessions, and spending at least one half day participating in procedure clinic.

We also schedule third year medical students from UIW to complete 6 weeks of their hospital medicine rotations with our inpatient service at the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Westover Hills Hospital.

How to Apply 

If you attend UT-Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine or the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine, please contact the Family Medicine clerkship coordinator at your school to request this clerkship rotation.

  • We want you to have a good learning experience. You will be treated as a member of our health care team and be given responsibility commensurate to your experiences and desires. Although we have developed a rotation that will be educational for you, please let us know if you have any special interests so that we can try to address those specific requests.
  • Regardless of your ultimate career plans, we believe we have something to add to your medical education. If you are interested in primary care, we hope you gain an appreciation of the value a well-trained family physician brings to a community and to the practice of medicine. If you are focused on another specialty choice, we believe that all physicians are made better by an understanding of the foundation of primary care. If you are undecided, we would be happy to talk with you about making the most important decision of your professional life.
  • We want you to develop an understanding of family medicine and, hopefully, a glimmer of the joy and sense of reward and accomplishment found in long-term patient relationships.
  • We want you to see our residency program, and we want to help you with your ultimate career choices regarding specialty selection and residency training. We hope that you will see the commitment and skill of our faculty and the quality of our resident. We want you to see how we work together and how we continually work to improve our program.
  • We expect you to act professionally throughout the time that you are here. That professionalism includes appropriate behavior, dress, attendance, punctuality, and a respect for patient confidentiality and privacy. Our chief residents or one of our faculty members will discuss these issues with you when you arrive.
  • We want you to have fun. We love what we do and hope you will share in that passion. We work hard, but we laugh a lot. Although we are always delighted to receive positive comments about your experiences, we also believe that we improve by receiving constructive criticism; feel free to provide us with your feedback.
Family Health Center 

You will be working with faculty or senior residents in order to maximize clinic flow and exposure to patients. While working in the outpatient clinics, you will have the opportunity to provide direct patient care while learning about a wide array of clinical conditions in pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. You will be in clinic Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and you are expected to attend daily didactics when allowed by the schedule given to you by your school

Hospital Medicine 

During this rotation, you will function as member of the inpatient family medicine service. You need to be at sign-out at 6 am to learn how your patients did overnight. You will be expected to pre-round on 2-4 patients per day (see and examine the patient and write a progress note in Word). You will then present this patient to the rest of the team at the daily morning rounds from 9 am to ??? There will also be a resident rounding and writing notes on patients that you will follow; however, your presentation and progress notes are important for patient care. Please show your notes to the residents when there is time so that you can receive feedback. You will be evaluated on how well you are able to gather clinical data and present this data in an organized manner.

The second-year resident on the team, in addition to the chief of service, will serve as a help and resource for you. You will also attend all noon conferences with the residents as your UIW schedule allows.