Family and Community Medicine
Longitudinal Learning Experiences
Weekly Educational Conferences, including a wide range of topics and formats, are designed to supplement your knowledge and improve your problem-solving skills. To attend and participate in the half-day conferences, residents are excused from all other obligations.
Office procedures are a significant component to every family physician's practice. During the second and third years, each resident will have ample opportunity to establish skills in such procedures as flexible sigmoidoscopy, colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, cryosurgery, electrical cautery, and minor surgery. Computerized records of procedures performed are maintained for the residents' use.
The longitudinal components of the program are taught through clinical conferences, faculty precepting, and individualized training with our clinical social worker, behavioral scientist, research coordinator, and nutritionist. Health promotion is stressed throughout the Family Practice Center to help residents educate their patients about smoking cessation, weight loss, and reducing unhealthy behaviors. Moonlighting activities outside of the residency program are allowed as long as they do not interfere with performance in the training program.
The Behavioral Science curriculum reflects a problem-solving approach to the doctor-patient relationship. The program prepares physicians in rural and urban settings to cope with their patients' psychosocial, familial, and relational needs. Our faculty members have developed a national reputation for providing outstanding support for residents and students.
The Family Practice residency program extends its efforts to provide continuity of care to training in obstetrics. Residents follow women throughout their pregnancies, deliveries and post-partum care. They gain valuable experience in the continuing management of maternity patients and in caring for women and their families after the baby's birth.
NutritionThe nutrition curriculum enhances residents' ability to manage and intervene in the nutritional aspects of their patients' medical care. Throughout their tenure, residents gain valuable experience in counseling patients on diet to prevent and treat disease.
Critical ThinkingThe increasingly complex medical environment of the new century will require Family Physicians to evaluate and implement new information and monitor on-going care. The Critical Thinking curriculum encourages residents to pursue questions in which they have a genuine interest-- in an environment that supports curiosity and offers resources for support.
Caring for the elderly population in both the ambulatory and nursing home settings requires important clinical skills and judgement. To help develop these skills, residents care for a panel of nursing home patients on a longitudinal basis throughout training. Using a team approach, residents and faculty develop relationships with their elderly patients and manage their care.