Family Practice (FAPR)


FAPR 4008. Research in Family Medicine in San Antonio or Harlingen. 4 Credit Hours.

At least 8 weeks before the elective's starting date the student must submit a completed course approval form and a written document that includes: the research topic; a printed literature search on that topic; readings on research design and/or statistical analysis that will be read as part of the course activities; the dates and times and locations of meetings between the student and the faculty member; expected course outcomes (e.g. presentations); and a signed statement from Dr. Sandra Burger (SA) or Dr. Adela Valdez (the RAHC) saying she will mentor and work with the student on the project.

FAPR 4074. Rural Clinical Experience in Family Medicine (AHEC). 4 Credit Hours.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) and the South Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio collaborate to provide fourth year medical students strong primary care training at various rural AHEC clinical training sites in South Texas. The experience occurs primarily in ambulatory settings, but may include inpatient experiences with physicians who follow their patients in hospital settings. The student, under the direct supervision of a physician certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, evaluates and manages a wide array of medical problems. The student also gains experience in preventing common disorders and medical problems and works with other health professionals to better understand the health care needs of and services available to patients in rural settings. All paperwork must be submitted to the Department of Family and Community Medicine at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course.

FAPR 4101. Complementary & Alternative Medicine on US/Mexico Border. 0.5 Credit Hours.

Course is designed to enable fourth year medical students to problem-solve common situations where allopathic and alternative medicine interface. Students will meet twice a week for 4 weeks, for one hour, with the instructor. The instructor will teach the students about complementary and alternative medicine practices on the US/Mexico border. The students will be asked to review case vignettes to discuss these practices and how they would deal with certain common situations where alternative medicine interfaces with allopathic medicine. These discussions may lead to ethical and medicolegal issues.

FAPR 4103. Women's Health Seminar. 0.5 Credit Hours.

The students will meet once a week for 5 weeks for two hour, with the course instructor. The instructor will present women patient case vignettes and lead a discussion of the case. The students will then be asked to read medical literature in regarding women's health issues. The case vignettes will be in the one of six health disparities (Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Infant Mortality and Childhood and Adult Immunizations).

FAPR 4201. Practice Management-RAHC. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This course will cover Medical Office Management issues. Topics will include Medical Insurance, Coding ICD-9 & CPT-4, Medical Insurance Billing, Computerized Medical Office Software(s), 3rd party payments, contractual issues and other related topics. This course will be beneficial to those medical students in preparation for internship and future office practice.

FAPR 4202. Dermatology: A Short Review Course. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This 8-hour dermatology course will follow the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) board dermatology curriculum and will include the following topics: basic components of dermatology and common dermatologic problems, as well as common skin cancers. This is a Family Medicine MS4 didactic elective for Harlingen.

FAPR 4203. Review of Evidence-Based Medicine. 0.5 Credit Hours.

This course aims to provide medical students with a set of evidence-based exercises relating to diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, and harm. Students will be asked to formulate clinical questions so that they can be answered, to search for information, to critically appraise the evidence for validity and clinical importance, and apply the evidence in clinical practice. This is an MS4 didactic elective for Harlingen.