Our residents have written descriptions of their rotations below - just click on the link to read! (More descriptions are being added on an ongoing basis.)
Tuesday afternoons are protected for educational activities. Family Medicine and Community Health Grand Rounds are held every Tuesday at noon at the Memorial Campus and are televised at the Health Center and HealthAlliance Hospital. Second and third year resident Balint group and afternoon didactics follow Grand Rounds.
Didactics cover a wide array of medical, community health, and behavioral medicine topics as well as procedural skills and topics in practice management. Each month, the second and third year residents lead OB and HIV rounds as well as Journal Club. Morning lecture occurs daily at HealthAlliance Hospital after sign out. Attending-led Chart Review occurs daily after the PM clinic session. The resident staff is directly involved in several ongoing QA projects at the Health Center. Interns have one dedicated Tuesday afternoon per month for workshops. We are constantly improving the curriculum as needs and opportunities change; therefore, the curriculum above is subject to change.
Collaboration with Behavioral Health and Oral Health
Primary Care Psychology Behavioral Science and Primary Care Psychology
Behavioral Science at the Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency Program is based on the premise that family physicians care for the whole patient in the contexts of their families and communities. Residents are taught how to better communicate with patients and colleagues, how to better understand and manage mental health and substance abuse issues, and how to retain their caring skills. These trainings are provided through workshops, seminars, Balint group, and feedback from observation of clinical work. A behavioral consultant is available in the health center for teaching and to work with residents in joint visits and for consultations.
Community Health Connections Family Health Center (CHC) provides behavioral health services on site, including psychiatry, and CHC's behavioral health clinicians are skilled collaborators around a variety of patient care issues. CHC is a setting for advanced training in behavioral health, and is a training site for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training for psychologists, as well as for mental health counselors.
At the UMass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency, we are the medical service for CHC, a federally chartered community health center serving North Central Massachusetts. CHC has a comprehensive dental service which is the only provider of dental care for uninsured persons in our area and is the major provider of dental care for Medicaid patients in our area as well.
CHC Dental Service, led by Cynthia Stevens, DDS, offers state-of-the-art equipment in a rapidly growing program. Residents and applicants with a particular interest in Oral Health are encouraged to contact our Medical Director, Beth K. Mazyck, MD, to coordinate learning opportunities.