The Family Medicine Clerkship (FMC) is a required 4-week course for all third and fourth year medical students. Students in the FMC complete a course project that involves answering a clinical question generated during patient care in their family medicine clinic. In addition to summarizing the research available to answer this clinical question, students are asked to translate this medical language into a document suitable to inform a patient and her family on this topic – a Plain Language Summary (PLS). The PLS assignment replaces the Patient Education Tools Handouts, which were required through April of 2011. The information provided does not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Minnesota Medical School physicians and faculty. These materials are provided for informational purposes only and are in no way intended to take the place of the advice and recommendations of your personal health care provider. You use the information provided in these handouts at your own risk.