Residency Program Rotation and Curriculum

The objectives of the Family Medicine Residency Program are to develop skills in comprehensive Family Medicine care. The primary principles of Family Medicine, providing continuous, comprehensive and coordinated care to patients and their families and to the community, will be emphasized in the below residency program rotation and curriculum schedule.

Residency Rotation

Report Times: The morning residency clinic starts at 8:00 AM. It is expected that each resident “huddle” with their clinic Medical Assistant (MA) prior to seeing the first patient. “Huddle” refers to meeting with the MA at least 10 minutes BEFORE the first patient is scheduled, to discuss the patients scheduled for that day and any anticipated needs/problems/procedures. This communication is vital to ensuring good communication and teamwork for our patient care. This should be repeated before the afternoon session.

Residency Curriculum

Patient Care - General/Procedural Objectives
Family Medicine residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
Medical Knowledge
Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care. Residents are expected to:

  • Attain competence in medical knowledge goals below and specific to each curricular rotation/ longitudinal experience.
  • Meet expected competency level on rotations and attaining >30% when compared to national peers for PGY on annual In-service Training Exam (ITE), improving on personal score each year, and passing the ABFM certification exam at the end of the PGY 3.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and self-evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning. Residents are expected to develop skills and habits to be able to meet the following goals:

  1. Identify strengths, deficiencies and limits in one’s knowledge and expertise.
  2. Set learning and improvement goals.
  3. Identify and perform appropriate learning activities.
  4. Systematically analyze practice using quality improvement methods, and implement changes with the goal of practice improvement.
  5. Incorporate formative evaluation feedback into daily practice.
  6. Locate, appraise and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems.
  7. Use information technology to optimize learning.
  8. Participate in the education of patients, families, students, residents and other health professionals.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, patients’ families and health professionals. Residents are expected to:

  1. Communicate effectively with patients, families and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  2. Communicate effectively with physicians, other health professionals and health-related agencies.
  3. Work effectively as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group.
  4. Act in a consultative role to other physicians and health professionals.
  5. Maintain comprehensive, timely and legible medical records, as applicable.
Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles. Residents are expected to demonstrate:

  1. Compassion, integrity and respect for others.
  2. Responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest.
  3. Respect for patient privacy and autonomy.
  4. Accountability to patients, society and the profession.
  5. Sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population.
Systems-Based Practice
Residents must demonstrate an awareness of, and responsiveness to, the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care. Residents are expected to:

  1. Work effectively in various health care delivery settings and systems relevant to their clinical specialty.
  2. Coordinate patient care within the health care system relevant to their clinical specialty.
  3. Incorporate considerations of cost awareness and risk-benefit analysis in patient and/or population-based care as appropriate.
  4. Advocate for quality patient care and optimal patient care systems.
  5. Work as part of inter-professional teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care quality.
  6. Participate in identifying system errors and implementing potential systems solutions.

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