PGY1 at WAMC is fast paced, challenging and ultimately rewarding. During the first year, interns are given a structured curriculum that will allow them to master basic skills and learn management strategies that are important requirements as they matriculate through their residency. Below is an example of a PGY1 Curriculum here at WAMC.
First Year Curriculum
The following is a description of the Family Medicine First-Year Curriculum.
- Orientation to Family Medicine/Residency (2-4 week block)
- Behavioral Health (4 week block)
- Emergency Medicine (4 week block)
- Family Medicine Inpatient Team (8 weeks in 2 blocks)
- General Surgery Ward (4 week block)
- Gynecology (4 week block)
- Intensive Care Unit (4 week block)
- Labor and Delivery (4 week block)
- Newborn Nursery (4 week block)
- Orthopedics (4 week block)
- Pediatric Clinic (4 week block)
- Pediatric Ward (4 week block)
- Preventive Medicine and Introduction to Research (4 week block)
In addition to these rotations, the Family Medicine intern has the following responsibilities:
- 1/2 day each week in the Family Medicine Clinic caring for his/her assigned panel of 150 patients (continuity clinic);
- Daily checking his/her e-mail and answering telephone consultations from his/her patients;
- Daily team huddle with Continuity Care Team
- 90 minutes each week in the Behavioral Science and Balint Year Group;
- 4 hours each week in the Academic Half Day Lecture Series;
- 90 minutes each week in Intern Foundation Class;
- Attending Family Medicine Morning Report (See Table 1.1 for rotations this is required)
- Seeing a minimum of 150 FM Clinic outpatient visits.
- Attending Combat Casualty Care Course (this is waived if attended during Medical School)
- Obtaining BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, ATLS, and ALSO certifications
- Giving one lecture during Academic Half Day
- Must take the either USMLE or COMLEX Step III NLT 1 April
- One continuity OB patient will be added to the intern’s panel each month starting in Block 6. The intern will provide all prenatal care, deliver, and follow post-partum.
- One video clinic per quarter
The Family Medicine intern has an assigned Family Medicine advisor who monitors his/her progress and meets with him/her on at least a monthly basis. The intern receives a written evaluation at the end of each rotation, each quarter, and at the end of the academic year.