Community and Practice-Based Projects
Community and practice-based projects are part of a longitudinal curriculum to develop skill in evaluation and pursuit of scholarly work. Residents are partnered with faculty mentors to work on community-based projects that they choose in a variety of outreach settings within local service agencies, schools and with community groups. Through a variety of departmental resources they are shepherded through a research process. Practice-based quality improvement projects focus on implementing changes in the way we practice to optimize care. They provide residents with valuable experience in critical appraisal, problem solving and leadership skills.
For examples of recent resident projects, see our Resident Research page.
In addition to the Tuesday workshop schedule, conferences are an important part of the daily routine on rotations and in the health centers. Chart rounds, which are daily conferences at the health centers, are case-based learner-centered conferences focusing not only on the science but also the art of medicine. Additionally, didactics are common to all health centers and rotations, and video-conferencing links between our health centers and inpatient service help to ensure that residents have every opportunity to attend.
Residency Committee Involvement
Resident involvement in the educational mission and policies of the residency is crucial to maintain an innovative and learner centered program. Residents are encouraged to maintain an active role in the residency curriculum committee, which develops and evaluates ongoing curricular elements, and the residency executive committee, which approves policy change and oversees the curriculum. Residents are also integral parts of the residency selection committee.
The Tuesday Experience
Tuesday afternoons are set aside and protected to provide special educational activities for our residents. Family Medicine and Community Health Grand Rounds are held weekly on Tuesdays at noon at the Memorial Campus on a wide array of Family Medicine topics. Second and third year resident Balint groups and workshops or individual project time follow grand rounds. The workshops are on procedural skills including colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, IUD insertion, neonatal circumcision, joint injection, suturing, casting, counseling skills, practice management or current important medical and ethical topics like palliative care, abortion and options counseling, and chronic pain and addiction.
First year residents also have a monthly Tuesday workshop curriculum focused on communication skills and core family medicineoutpatient knowledge and skill development. Many residents also take advantage of our optional Spanish classes available on Tuesdays after workshops. Our lifelong learning curriculum occurs on the first Tuesday afternoon each month. This includes a vibrant journal club led by third year residents with close faculty support as well as directed teaching for preparation for the Board examination and maintenance of certification requirements.
Our department sponsors fellowships in Sports Medicine and Geriatrics, as well as a Preventive Medicine Residency which includes a Masters degree in Public Health. Graduates of our residency are successful in securing fellowship positions here and across the country.