Our novel curriculum was launched during the 2019-2020 academic year as part of the Family Medicine Innovation in Continuity Clinical Experience (FM-NICCE) Pilot. This unique curriculum design features two weeks of family medicine clinic in every 1-month block during the second and third years of training, allowing for a much richer outpatient experience and minimizing interruptions to inpatient and specialty rotations.
Other highlights of our curriculum include:
Our curriculum teaches excellence in evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal skills, allowing each resident to achieve a publication during residency.
Help Desk Answers: Residents work with a faculty mentor to formulate a patient-oriented question and then research and write an evidence summary for FPIN’s Help Desk Answers.
Quality Improvement: Through our longitudinal performance improvement curriculum, residents are encouraged to participate in quality improvement projects.
Scholarship Day: An annual event highlighting resident and faculty research and quality improvement projects.
We offer a wide range of electives for second- and third-year residents – if not offered, residents can also work with our faculty create an elective. If residents are particularly interested in an area, they can choose to do a specialty track in that field to gain even more experience.
We train residents to be great clinical educators. Senior residents supervise interns and visiting medical students on our inpatient service. All residents gain experience with formal teaching by presenting educational lectures at our weekly didactics series.
If desired, senior residents can also practice precepting junior learners in the clinic with supervision from a Faculty Development-trained attending.
Family Medicine residents develop broad experiences in a variety of procedures. In addition to procedure training on rotations such as Surgery, Gynecology, Labor & Delivery, Dermatology, and Emergency Medicine, we have dedicated procedure training at our primary care clinic.
Outpatient Procedure Clinic – Half days at Erie clinic with Dr. Mustafa Alavi full of outpatient procedures – everything from biopsies to LARCs to vasectomies! Each resident does 3-5 of these over the course of their training. Many routine procedures can also be scheduled during our usual clinic time.
Musculoskeletal Clinic – Half days at Erie clinic with Dr. Priya Nagarajan specific to patients with musculoskeletal concerns – a great way to practice physical exams and joint injections! Each resident does 3-5 of these over the course of their training.
Additional Training – Residents interested in additional procedure-specific training can select electives or specialty tracks such as Women’s Health and Sports Medicine.