Residency Curriculum Program

Curriculum PGY1

Ongoing Residency Education and Training

  • Didactics and Presentations

The Program will ensure that the residents are provided comprehensive and current education on medical topics and healthcare systems issues through required weekly four- hour didactic sessions. Each didactic session will consist of four hours comprised of three hours devoted to a specific topic within a general clinical discipline or health care practice focus, and one hour devoted to broader medical care and residency program areas. The broader topics will be based on observed educational needs among the residents. The fourth hour during the initial four week will have defined topics that will ensure a smooth transition from medical school to residency.

  • Communications

The Program will provide resources for ongoing resident development in communication skills and interpersonal relationship building among peers, faculty, staff, and patients and their families. The training will take place in the Family Medicine clinic setting when patient encounters are observed via video. The resident will receive ongoing training to recognize physical, cultural, psychological and social barriers to communication. The residents will have access the American Medical Association’s GME Competency Education Program that will provide curriculum assignments that address various areas of communication and interpersonal relationship building.

  • Nursing Home

The Program will provide a geriatrics education experience through nursing home exposure. The details of the residents’ contact with the nursing home patients will be developed as rules for nursing home visitation are adjusted during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Scholarly Activity and Research

The Program will provide support for residents to take advantage of the wealth of research possibilities within the Family Practice clinical setting, healthcare systems, and the Delta community and population served. Scientific inquiry and scholarship is important for the residents’ development as physicians who will use evidence based improvements in patient care and have a platform for responsiveness to the effecting health care and systems changes. The residents will have access the American Medical Association’s GME Competency Education Program that will provide curriculum assignments. The residents will also have ongoing access to online JAMA evidence subscription.

PGY 1 Block Rotations

Family Medicine Foundations

The family medicine foundations rotation is devoted to creating a positive transition period from medical school to residency. Residents will become familiar with the Mississippi Delta Family Medicine Residency Program, peers, faculty, clinic and hospital staff and the Mississippi Delta community. They will begin to build foundational family medical skills.

Inpatient Medicine

Family Medicine Residents learn inpatient management of acutely ill patients during the Family Medicine Residency Service (FMRS) rotations. The educational and practical objectives of the FMRS experience are progressive with increasing supervisory responsibility with seniority.

Interns learn and develop the basic skills necessary to care for patients in the hospital ward setting. They assume primary care responsibility for his/her panel of patients, under the supervision of senior house staff and attending physicians.

Surgery

Residents will achieve competency in diagnosis, appropriate management and treatment options, long-term prognosis, intra- and post-op complications of common surgical problems seen in the primary and secondary care settings. Residents will gain exposure to various surgical procedures performed by surgeons and will acquire foundational knowledge and skills in performing minor surgical procedures. Residents will also gain competence in appropriately referring patient with surgical problems.

Psychiatry

The purpose of this rotation is to provide family medicine residents with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the essentials of psychiatry and behavioral health frequently encountered in the outpatient and inpatient settings of a family medicine practice.

Inpatient Pediatrics

The purpose of this rotation is to provide family medicine residents the opportunity to work with physicians specializing in pediatrics. This portion of the curriculum is designed to provide residents with the skills and expertise expected of family physicians with active practices involving the care of inpatient pediatric patients. With the support of the faculty physician, the resident will be responsible for the comprehensive care of all patients assigned to them. The duties and responsibilities of the resident will be commensurate with the individual’s level of training under the supervision of the attending physician. The resident’s primary goal is to develop and expand his/her ability to provide primary clinical care for a variety of inpatient pediatrics patients.

Community Health

This rotation will integrate principle of Community Health (as demonstrated in a community health center) into patient care and contact with community organizations. The resident will learn to incorporate knowledge of socioeconomic and cultural factors that influence patient or provider behavior and clinical care. The resident will learn to recognize the need to include community agencies and resources into patient management and community health efforts.

Continuity Clinic

The family medicine continuity clinic rotation will provide the resident with an understanding of a full spectrum of diseases encountered in the outpatient family practice setting. The resident will have progressive responsibilities and time within the continuity clinic based on year of residency. The four week ambulatory rotation, within the continuity clinic, allows the resident the opportunity to learn to practice comprehensive office-based medicine. The rotation will provide an intense regular exposure to the office clinical setting and strive to simulate the family physician’s usual work expectations in his/her own office.

Obstetrics and Newborn Nursery

Family medicine physicians provide comprehensive care to people of all ages and stages of life, including the reproductive phases and maternity care, and this rotation will provide the uniqueness of having obstetrics training delivered by family physicians. On this rotation the resident will receive training in management of maternity patients from the prenatal to postpartum period. Residents will also be expected to see and manage patients on the labor and delivery suite during all aspects and phases of labor and delivery as well as participate in the care of the newborn. As the resident advances, responsibilities will increase with evidence of increasing competence and proficiency.

Adult Emergency Medicine

The purpose of this rotation is to provide family medicine residents with the opportunity to encounter medical emergencies that they may commonly see in the numerous settings in which they may practice. The duties and responsibilities of the resident will be commensurate with the individual’s level of training. The resident’s primary goal is to develop and expand his/her ability to provide primary clinical care for a variety of patients presenting to the emergency department.

Ophthalmology

The purpose of this rotation is to improve overall medical knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and management of eye problems commonly encountered in Family Medicine. It is expected that residents will observe the specific resources and expertise Ophthalmologists provide, to improve his/her ability to make accurate diagnostic differentials and seek consultative support when necessary.