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
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
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
The 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.
The increasingly complex medical environment of the new century will require Family
Physicians to evaluate and implement new information and monitor on-going care. The
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.