LearnFM / ApprenezMF - The Shared Canadian Curriculum in Family Medicine

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>> Virtual Curriculum. Click HERE to access a quick guide on how to use LearnFM as a replacement for real-life FM clerkship for your students, in the event they have been removed from clinical environments during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Available now:  The LearnFM Microcases.  These brief patient scenarios and questions allow students to test their clinical reasoning in family medicine situations.  (The Microcases are hosted on a different website, one run by the University of Calgary as a partner in LearnFM.) 

Underneath this table, you will find the LearnFM Family Medicine Clerkship Competency Objectives.
LearnFM Clerkship Clinical Scenarios
Clinical ScenarioObjectives and ReferencesClinical CardsCases
A00 - Complete Resource Compendium Objectives and References - Full Set Clinical Cards - Full Set  
A01 - Abdominal Pain Objectives and References Clinical Card Case(s) 
A02 - Anxiety Objectives and References Clinical Card  
A03 - Asthma Objectives and References 4 Clinical Cards  
A04 - Chest Pain Objectives and References 3 Clinical Cards Case(s) 
A05 - Contraception Objectives and References Clinical Card Case(s) 
A06 - Cough Objectives and References 4 Clinical Cards Case(s) 
A07 - Depression Objectives and References Clinical Card  
A08 - Dizziness Objectives and References Clinical Card Case(s) 
A09 - Fatigue Objectives and References Clinical Card Case(s) 
A10 - Fever and Common Infections Objectives and References Clinical Cards Case(s) 
A11 - Headache Objectives and References Clinical Card Case(s) 
A12 - Hypertension Objectives and References 3 Clinical Cards  
A13 - Ischemic Heart Disease Objectives and References Clinical Card  
A14 - Low Back Pain Objectives and References Clinical Card Case(s) 
A15 - Palliative Care Objectives and References Clinical Card Case(s) 
A16 - Prenatal Care Objectives and References 5 Clinical Cards Case(s) 
A17 - Diabetes Type 2 Objectives and References Clinical Card  
A18 - Baby/Child/Youth Preventive Care Objectives and References 7 Clinical Cards Cases 
A19 - Adult Female Preventive Care Objectives and References 3 Clinical Cards Case(s) 
A20 - Adult Male Preventive Care Objectives and References 2 Clinical Cards Case(s) 
A21 - Elderly Health Care Objectives and References Clinical Card  
A22 - Joint Pain Objectives and References 4 Clinical Cards  
A23 - Skin Conditions Objectives and References 2 Clinical Cards  
A24 - Pain Assessment & Management Objectives and References 3 Clinical Cards  
Additional Resources  4 Clinical Cards  
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LearnFM Clerkship Competency Objectives
Approved July 8, 2014
(organized within the CanMEDS-FMU framework1)

Please note that the following competency objectives are items that are either particularly important in FM or FM is an ideal setting in which to learn them.  They are NOT meant to cover general aspects of clinical training performance.  (For example, issues of honesty and respect for patients are not specifically listed, as they should be part of a medical school's general competency framework.)

A medical student completing Family Medicine Clerkship will be able to:

Medical Expert

1. Describe the key elements of an effective doctor-patient relationship.
2. Demonstrate patient-centred medicine (including exploring the illness experience and social context, and shared decision-making to reach common ground).
3. Meet the objectives under each of the SHARC-FM clinical topics (above).
4. Identify management priorities for patient with multiple morbidities.


1. Share information with patients in a clear manner (e.g. pathophysiology and treatment options).
2. Write clear and accurate prescriptions for patients.
3. Write clear and accurate requisitions for investigations to work-up patients.
4. Document patient encounters in a SOAP format.
5. Present cases effectively.


1. Describe the roles of consultant physicians and other health professionals for a given patient, including the indications for referral.
2. Write clear and effective requests for consultations.


1. Seek and synthesize additional patient information (e.g. lab results, old charts, consult reports, pharmacy records, family member, etc.) when indicated.
2. Propose initial patient-centred management plans, including follow-up and use of any community resources.
3. Protect personal health and safety in family medicine settings.


1. Conduct focused literature searches around clinical questions that arise from patient care
2. Evaluate the quality and relevance of scientific literature to specific patient scenarios
3. Develop and implement a basic self-directed learning plan when a personal learning need is identified.

Health Advocate

1. Identify issues (social, economic, and resource) for patients and communities that may adversely affect health and access to health care.
2. Propose approaches to resolving identified issues, including the engagement of community resources where appropriate.


1. Reflect on specific aspects of professional behaviour with regards to how well they performed and how they could do better.

CanMEDS-FMU: Undergraduate Competencies from a Family Medicine Perspective. College of Family Physicians of Canada. 2009. Accessible at