Family Medicine Clerkship

Mission Statement

The mission of the Keck School of Medicine of USC Family Medicine Clerkship is to provide a unique learning environment for medical students to explore preventative, acute and chronic care for patients of all ages and understand the role of a family physician in comprehensive healthcare.

“As a family physician, I love caring for patients at all stages of life to help keep them well and mange a wide variety of illnesses while having the opportunity to concentrate in my areas of interest. No matter what specialty you decide to pursue, you will find a piece of it in Family Medicine. The Family Medicine Clerkship offers the possibility of exciting and inspiring you on your path to becoming the doctor you want to be.”


– Katherine Gibson, MD

Katherine Gibson, MD
Clerkship Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

The Family Medicine Clerkship is a six week ambulatory, primary care experience. Students work alongside their preceptors during patient care activities, which in addition to their daily outpatient office schedule may include:

  • Home visits
  • Hospital rounds
  • Nursing home rounds
  • Deliveries
  • Volunteer clinics
  • Sporting events

Because of this unique experience students often enjoy a close, collegial relationship with their preceptors and gain significant autonomy with their patients.


Week 1: Orientation Week: on campus for a variety of interactive didactic sessions (days and times vary between rotations based on USC and faculty schedules)
Weeks 2-5: Students work full-time in a pre-approved family practice with board certified family physicians
Week 6: Students return to campus for a wrap-up session and final exams on the last Thursday and Friday of the rotation

Preceptor Assignment Process

The Family Medicine Clerkship has established a list of more than 100 pre-approved, experienced preceptors with whom students are placed for the required clerkship through a lottery system, similar to all required clerkships at Keck. Specific information on placement is sent to rising third year students in April. For more information, please contact either the Clerkship Office or the Office of Student Affairs.

Pilot Project

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Building Better Clinical Training Experiences pilot project Badge
The Family Medicine Clerkship and Physician Assistant Program have been selected to participate in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Building Better Clinical Training Experiences pilot project. The goal of the project is to develop a standardized onboarding process for students and preceptors and to integrate students into the work of ambulatory primary care settings in a useful and authentic way. We are excited to be a part of this project to improve students’ educational experiences during their clerkships and to help preceptors integrate students more easily into their practice.

Contact Us

Family Medicine Clerkship
USC Keck School of Medicine
1975 Zonal Ave., KAM B33
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(323) 442-1325
Fax: (323) 442-3332
Family Medicine Clerkship office hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday thru Friday; evening appointments are available
Katherine Gibson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Clerkship Director

Lena Kirakosian, FNP-C, MSN
Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine
Medical Student Educator

Lucy Hernandez
Clerkship Program Coordinator