Curriculum for Family Medicine Residency Program

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Rotations

The three-year curriculum is designed to provide excellent training in all the core areas of family medicine while allowing residents to tailor their experience to their individual interests and needs.

Most rotaions are at MacNeal Hospital, with some experiences at Loyola University Medical Center.  There is a 4 week rotation at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Emergency Department.

Electives

Five 4-week rotations of your residency are devoted to electives, allowing you to explore areas of special interest and obtain additional specialty training. These electives also give you the means to further prepare yourself for your planned career in either urban, rural, or suburban family medicine. Currently, our program offers many electives, with additional areas often available on your request.

Available electives include:

  • Allergy
  • Ambulatory Family Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Faculty Development
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • ICU
  • Infectious disease
  • Nephrology
  • OMM
  • Palliative Care
  • Pathology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urgent Care

Residents can design their own electives that suits their individual learning needs and career plans.

 

Didactics

We provide protected educational time every day from noon to 1pm.  The goal of this dedicated teaching time is to provide education and training on subjects that are essential to the practice of family medicine, with a special focus on topics that are not directly covered in other areas of the residency curriculum. 

Core Lecture Series

18-month repeating lecture series covering Adolescent Medicine, Dermatology, Ethics, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine and its subspecialties, Maternity Care (Obstetrics), Pediatrics, Practice Management, Radiology, Scholarly Activity, Sports Medicine, Surgery, and Women's Health.

Acute Care Lecture Series-  This is a series of lectures given Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the months of July, August and September to prepare interns for clinical situations they may encounter. It also serves as a clinical update for senior residents and faculty.

Journal Club-  Senior residents lead this bi-weekly discussion of recent articles. Evidence-based medicine principles are reviewed and reinforced with the assistance of faculty.

Annual Scholarly Activity Forum-  Each of the third-year residents presents the results of their scholarly activity projects that were completed during their residency.

Reflection group – A multidisciplinary group of residents and faculty consult for one resident each block on a challenging patient case to help improve the resident’s well-being and satisfaction as well as improve the patient’s care.

Doctor-Patient Communication and Risk Management Curriculum – Conferences are designed to improve your communication skills by using evidence and real time practice of skills and decrease risk of liability.

TEAMS conference – A multidisciplinary meeting of all FMC staff, residents, and faculty to work toward improving the care of our patients using quality improvement methods and chronic disease management.

Resident Meeting – This meeting, run by the chief residents, is an opportunity for residents to contribute their input to programmatic decisions, voice their opinions or concerns, and discuss issues pertinent to their training.

Rapid Response Simulation-  Run through of various rapid response scenarios on a training manaquin, followed by debriefing in a safe environment

Procedure Workshops-  These are extended sessions given once per block to review the indications, contraindications, steps, complications, and technique. Each session has a simulation of the procedure to provide hands-on practice to improve competency.

  • Nexplanon insertion and removal
  • IUD insertion
  • Joint injections
  • Suturing
  • Casting and splinting
  • EMB
  • Colposcopy
  • Toe nail removal