Family Medicine Curriculum 


First Year

4 weeks - Intro
12 weeks- Family Practice Inpatient Medicine
4 weeks - Obstetrics
4 weeks - Inpatient Surgery
4 weeks - Emergency Medicine
8 weeks - Pediatric Inpatient
4 weeks - Pediatric Outpatient
2 weeks - Billing & Coding
2 weeks - Community Medicine
4 weeks - Cardiology
4 weeks - ICU

Second Year

4 weeks - Obstetrics
2 weeks - Pediatric Inpatient
4 weeks - Psychiatry
8 weeks - Family Practice Inpatient Medicine with Night Float
2 weeks - Family Practice Inpatient Medicine without Night Float

4 weeks - Neurology
4 weeks - Gynecology
4 weeks - Pediatric Emergency Medicine
2 weeks - Geriatrics
10 weeks - Family Medicine Clinic
2 weeks - Intro
6 weeks - Electives

Third Year

4 weeks- Sports Medicine
2 weeks - Dermatology
2 weeks - Urology
2 weeks - Ophthalmology
2 weeks - ENT
2 weeks - Pediatric Inpatient
4 weeks - Family Practice Inpatient Medicine with Night Float
4 weeks - Family Practice Inpatient Medicine without Night Float     
8 weeks - Family Medicine Clinic
4 weeks - Pediatric Outpatient
4 weeks - Orthopedics
2 weeks - Practice Management
2 weeks - Geriatrics
2 weeks - Intro Month
8 weeks - Electives


Residents and graduates of our program recognize the importance of a knowlegable and up-to-date practice. We instill both essential knowledge for family medicine and the skills and habits of efficient literature investigation and evidence-based clinical practice. Around 400 hours of resident training are devoted to didactics—all of which are led by or are attended by faculty or specialist physicians—so residents receive extensive current, insightful and relevant information.

Various methods are used in the didactic setting. These include:

Lecture Series: Three hundred (300) topics in family medicine are covered over the course of the residency.  These are given by Family Medicine Faculty, Alumni and Specialists. 

Journal Article Review: dedicated to the mastery of high-level evidence related to the top conditions seen in Family Medicine.  Residents are taught how to evaluate and judge the strength of evidence in each session, as well as apply the information to their future practice

Case Conferences: the most recent interesting and informative inpatient and clinic cases are presented as a mystery, and residents work through differential diagnoses and medical decision making to come up with an accurate diagnosis and plan.

Procedure Days: hands-on procedural skills (such as casting and splinting, suturing, skin procedures and colposcopy), knee and shoulder exams and joint injections, and simulated scenarios are practiced in workshops.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference: a non-punitive peer review of cases in which there is unexpected morbidity, mortality, or suspected medical error, this conference aims not to embarrass the presenter, but to advance a culture of transparency, physician education, system-wide improvement, and enhanced patient care.

Board Review: ongoing lecture series by Family Medicine Faculty covering an entire board review series in 3 years.

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