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The Brody School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine


Family Medicine
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Family Medicine Residency

Curriculum

The Intern Year

Resident CastingDuring the intern year, rotations include two months of exclusive outpatient experiences in the Eastern Carolina Family Medicine Center, including continuity clinic, procedural skills, didactic sessions, and hands-on workshops.

One of these months occurs at the beginning of the year, providing an extended orientation experience for new residents to become comfortable practicing in our center.

Surgical and obstetric rotations are community-based experiences where residents are given significant independence while working one-on-one with attending physicians.

Three months are spent on the family medicine inpatient service, where residents learn from our own faculty. Care is provided to a wide range of adult, pediatric, and postpartum patients. The remainder of the intern year includes experiences in cardiology, intensive care, emergency care, newborn care, and inpatient pediatrics, and geriatrics.

First-year residents have five months without on-call responsibilities. For the remainder of the year, on-call duties are no more than 1-in-4.

Second & Third Years

After the first year, most training takes place in an ambulatory setting. Second and third year residents work one-on-one with various specialists in outpatient clinics for orthopedics, ENT, neurology, urology, opthamology, and dermatology. Elective time allows residents to pursue areas of personal interest, whether in Greenville or elsewhere.

Second- and third-year residents on the family medicine inpatient service participate as members of the care teams, as well as in a night float system. Residents on non-inpatient rotations also sign up for labor-and-delivery call, which can be taken from home on average two to three times per month.

Residents have opportunities to teach medical students in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. They play a vital role in the clinical skills training of medical students during the first and second years, as well as during the third and fourth year clerkships.

Conferences

Residents Attending ConferenceResidents attend lunchtime conferences every Tuesday and Thursday. The Tuesday conference, 'Clinical Jazz,' is an evidence-based medicine conference in which residents and faculty present evidence-based answers to common clinical questions and provide examples of utilizing information technology at the point of care. The Thursday conference includes Grand Rounds and presentations on core topics primarily related to inpatient care.

Thursday afternoons are protected time for didactic sessions for all residents. Family medicine faculty, along with other subspecialty faculty, provide a mixture of traditional lectures and hands-on workshops.

Residents play a significant role in the development of new programs, curriculum, and in administration of the residency program. On Fridays, residents have a conference over lunch that is open only to residents. This lunch conference is designed to allow residents to come together to talk about rotation experiences, schedules, and any other issues related to training.

Procedural Skills Training

Procedural skills are an important component of a family physician's practice, and our program makes sure you are well trained to provide core procedures. Residents have ample opportunity to observe, assist, and perform a variety of procedures:

  • Skin procedures, such as biopsies and cryotherapy
  • Gynecological procedures, such as colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, and IUD placement
  • Joint injections and casting
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy and EGD

Fellowships

Residents benefit from the expert teaching provided by fellowship-trained faculty in geriatrics, sports medicine, and women's health and obstetrics.