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Curriculum

Innovative education for the future family physician

Patient-centered medical home curriculumAt Community Hospital East Family Medicine Residency, we are committed to designing a residency program of the future that will prepare you to practice in the patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

In July 2012, we implemented our innovative PCMH modular curriculum. The principles guiding our curriculum are as follows:

  • The majority of learning should occur in the PCMH (Family Medicine Center), starting from day one of residency.
  • Family physicians are the best educators for family medicine. Specialists have a supporting role, but not the primary role in your education.
  • Patients come first. You will be available in the office to care for your patients on a regular basis starting from your first week of residency.
  • High yield learning experiences will be emphasized; low yield shadowing type rotations will be eliminated. We will maximize your residency experience!
  • Learning will be longitudinal. Organ-based block rotations will no longer be the cornerstone of educational experiences.
  • Teams play an important role in health care and in your residency training. You will participate in team-based quality improvement projects and patient care management sessions. You will work alongside your team members during your 12-week modules (6 weeks of each module each half of the year).

Modules

 

Acute

Chronic
Disease

Preven-
tive

Individ-
ualized

Inter-
session

Acute

Chronic
Disease

Preven-
tive

Individ-
ualized

PGY-1

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

4 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

PGY-2

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

4 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

PGY-3

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

4 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

6 wks

In the Chronic and Preventive module, 50% of your time will be spent in the patient-centered medical home (Family Medicine Center) regardless of your year of training. During the Acute and Individualized modules, FMC time is reduced a little to accommodate those educational experiences. Content of each module is highlighted below:

  • Acute care module: Adult inpatient medicine, pediatric inpatient medicine, general surgery, ED
  • Chronic disease module: Team-based chronic disease management and quality improvement projects; cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, dermatology, neurology and some surgical specialty clinics; behavioral health
  • Preventive module: Obstetrics in PGY-1, well-child care and ambulatory pediatrics, gynecology, sports medicine and orthopedics
  • Individualized module: ICU, ED and night float in PGY-1; night float and lots of elective time in PGY-2 and PGY-3

Tracks

Our program offers an obstetrics track for residents with a strong interest in family medicine obstetrics to help prepare them to actively practice obstetrics after graduation. We include emphasis on preconception, prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care. Highlights of this track include at least 20 continuity deliveries, obstetrics-related elective time, participation in a minimum of two Centering Pregnancy prenatal care groups (with one as a “junior faculty”), and scholarly activity of the resident’s choosing within the field of obstetrics. The track typically has 1-2 residents per year, and selection into the track is made in spring of the intern year.

Dr. Casandra Cashman, director of OB trackThe obstetrics track is directed by Dr. Casandra Cashman, a women’s health fellowship-trained faculty member who actively practices family medicine obstetrics at Community East. Her clinical interests include obstetrics, contraception, newborn care, lactation, colposcopy/LEEP and reproductive health.

Our program offers an optional sports medicine track for residents interested in pursuing a Sports Medicine Fellowship after graduation. We follow the official recommended sports medicine track of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine’s (AMSSM) to give our residents the best chance of successfully matching into Sports Medicine Fellowship at the end of their residency. The goal is to provide additional education, training, and exposure to the resident on top of the required core education provided at the residency.

The track is a longitudinal experience starting the first week of intern year when the resident is assigned to a local high school that the resident will work with during their entire residency. At the high school, the resident will be supervised and mentored by the school’s sports medicine physician and athletic trainer and expected to cover football games and mass events. Other highlights of the sports medicine track include dedicated teaching through hands-on physical exam, injection, casting workshops, dedicated sports medicine or orthopedic rotations, and journal clubs. The resident will be asked to attend and present at the national AMSSM sports medicine conference as well as provide lectures to co-residents. The residency also has an ultrasound with dedicated MSK probes and the residents are encouraged to become familiar with both diagnostic and injection guidance utilities of the machine.

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