Curriculum for Family Medicine Residency Program

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.

In the three years, all required rotations except one are at MacNeal Hospital. The one required away rotation is at the 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
  • International electives
  • 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.

Conferences

Core Lecture Series

Midday lectures are given daily and cover the breadth of family medicine, including:

Adolescent Medicine, Dermatology, Ethics, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine and its subspecialties, Maternity Care (Obstetrics), Pediatrics, Practice Management, Radiology, Scholarly Activity, Sports Medicine, Surgery and its subspecialties, 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.

Reflection Group

The goal of this bi-weekly conference is to help you understand the patient’s experience of illness while helping you to reflect on your own experience of becoming a family physician.

Annual Scholarly Activity Forum

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

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.  It addresses all six ACGME competencies and meets other specific RRC and AOA training requirements.

We include the following conferences in each 4-week block:

  1. 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.

  2. Journal club – Residents learn principles of evaluating the literature and apply these to specific articles of interest to help improve the care given to their patients.

  3. 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.

  4. FMC Patient Safety and Quality 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.

  5. Board Review and AFP journal club

  6. 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.

Rotation-specific Teaching

Family Medicine Service, Obstetrics, Inpatient pediatrics (MacNeal), Children’s ER, ER (MacNeal), ICU, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine and Neurology rotations all have specific teaching time incorporated during the rotation.

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.