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 6 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. M&M – The senior residents from our inpatient services (Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics) each analyze a case using the Institute of Medicine and the 6 ACGME competencies to suggest improvements to patient care. The results are used to try to improve hospital systems of care.
4. Doctor-Patient Communication or Risk Management Curriculum – Conferences designed to improve your communication skills by using evidence and real time practice of skills and decrease risk of liability
5. 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
6. Board Review and/or AFP journal club
7. 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.
8. 8-10 medical knowledge and patient care topics from a core list developed and given by our residents and faculty
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.
These are extended 1.5- 2 hour long sessions given once per block to review the indications/contraindications, steps, complications, and technique for the procedures listed below. Each session has a simulation of the procedure to provide hands-on practice to improve competency.