Clerkships

What Makes Us Unique

Rotating at Altoona Family Physicians is a great and unique opportunity for medical students at all stages of their training.  Being an unopposed residency in a nearly-400 bed hospital provides excellent educational opportunities not available at other sites.  Medical students from throughout the country seek us out to do sub/acting internships, family medicine rotations, rural medicine rotations, and electives.  Housing is provided at no cost for all rotations, and unlimited food in our cafeteria is provided for those rotating at our Altoona site.  

Medical Student Clerkships

  • 2, 4, 6, and 8-week rotations available
  • Approved for many required and elective family medicine rotations
  • Sites include our Altoona office or rural offices in Williamsburg and Huntingdon
  • Offices include
  • Well established inpatient and outpatient EMRs
  • Fully functional laboratories
  • Dedicated procedure, colposcopy, women’s health, and OMT rooms
  • Altoona office is conveniently located next to the hospital
  • Housing provided at no cost for all sites
  • Unlimited food at our hospital cafeteria at no cost for the Altoona office
  • Ability to perform many dermatologic, obstetric, gynecologic, orthopedic, and sports medicine procedures
  • Spend one week on the inpatient family medicine service
  • Daily noon conferences and dedicated medical-student lectures
  • Available one to two-day elective opportunities include
    • OB (including our resident-run Pregnancy Care Center)
    • Gynecology (including our Family Centered OB/GYN office and Women’s Health and Wellness center)
    • Hospice and Palliative medicine
    • STAT MedEvac
    • Vascular surgery
    • ED
    • Trauma surgery
    • Local private-practice family medicine offices
    • Hospitalist service
    • ICU

Summer Preceptorship Program

  • 6-week program in June and July between first and second year of medical school
  • $2,000 stipend
  • Unlimited food at the hospital cafeteria at no cost
  • Week-long blocks in Altoona office and with inpatient family medicine service
  • Available one- to two-day elective opportunities include
    • Our rural offices in Williamsburg and Huntingdon
    • OB (including our resident-run Pregnancy Care Center)
    • Gynecology (including our Family Centered OB/GYN office and Women’s Health and Wellness center)
    • Hospice and Palliative medicine
    • STAT MedEvac
    • Vascular surgery
    • Gastroenterology
    • Pulmonology
    • Rheumatology
    • Pain management
    • ED
    • Trauma surgery
    • Local private-practice family medicine offices
  • Daily noon conferences and dedicated medical-student lectures

Shadowing Opportunities

AFP works with Juniata College and Penn State University to allow college students the opportunity to experience primary care and other specialties within the UPMC Altoona system.  Other shadowing opportunities are arranged on a case-by-case basis and may or may not be available depending on the number of students rotating/shadowing with us.  Please contact us for more information.