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Family Medicine Residency Curriculum


St. Joseph’s offers family medicine residents an enhanced experience through close collaboration from other services, residents, fellows, sub-specialties and internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute.

Family Medicine Residency Curriculum

Rotations PGY-1
The PGY-1 year is designed to give family medicine interns a solid clinical experience in general inpatient and ambulatory medicine. Interns are able to assume the role of primary caregiver for patients while under the supervision of senior residents and teaching faculty. The typical intern schedule includes the following rotations:

  • Orientation (focus on FM In-Patient and Family Medicine Clinic) 1 Month
  • Family Medicine In-Patient Service – 3 Months including Two 2-week Night Float blocks
  • Internal Medicine – 1 Month
  • Pediatrics – 2 Months In-Patient and 1 Month Ambulatory
  • General Surgery – 1 Month
  • Obstetrics – 2 Months
  • Family Medicine Clinic (includes community medicine, practice management, behavioral health, and cultural competency) – Two 2-week blocks

Rotations PGY-2
PGY-2 family medicine residents begin to assume a supervisory role over their junior colleagues while under the guidance of the teaching faculty. They also enjoy opportunities to explore their individual interests in primary care, subspecialties or research. PGY-2’s begin their leadership development by serving as clinical team leads in the Family Medicine Center. The typical PGY-2 schedule includes the following rotations:

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine – 1 Month
  • Family Medicine In-Patient – 2 Months
  • Orthopedics – 1 Month
  • Emergency Room – 1 Month
  • Geriatrics – 1 Month
  • Night Float – Two 2-week blocks
  • Elective – 1 Month
  • Cardiology – 1 Month
  • Sports Medicine – 1 Month
  • ICU—1 Month

Rotations PGY-3
PGY-3 family medicine residents continue to serve in a supervisory role over their junior colleagues while under the guidance of the teaching faculty.  They also enjoy a greater opportunity to explore their individual interests in primary care, subspecialties or research. The PGY-3’s enhance their clinical leadership by leading clinical operations groups in the Family Medicine Clinic. The typical PGY-3 schedule includes the following rotations:

  • Family Medicine In-Patient – 6 Weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – 2 weeks
  • Gynecology – 1 Month
  • Radiology – 1 Month
  • Neurology – 1 Month
  • Ophthalmology/Urology/ENT – 1 Month
  • Dermatology – 2 Weeks
  • Night Float – 2 Weeks
  • Electives – 3 Months
  • Adolescent Medicine– 1 Month
  • Family Medicine Clinic –1 Month

Residency Electives
Residents can choose electives in: Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Pathology, Sports Medicine, Allergy, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Advanced Obstetrics, Adolescent Health, Hospice and Palliative Care, Breastfeeding/Lactation, Wound Care, Pharmacology, International Health, Alternative Medicine, OMT and Research, Rural Health via the Indian Health Service. Other special electives may be arranged with the Director’s permission.

Continuity Experience in Family Medicine Center:
PGY-1: 1 half day per week
PGY-2: 4 half days per week
PGY-3: 4 half days per week

PGY-2 and 3 Residents retain the same 4 half days of clinic throughout their last 2 years of training in order to enhance their ability to provide continuous and comprehensive care to their patients.