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Rotation Schedule

The academic year consists of 13 blocks which are each four weeks in length. A sample of the family medicine curriculum is listed below.

Intern Year: Interns have one half day of continuity clinic per week the first half of the year, then one full day of continuity clinic per week the second half of the year. All residents are limited to one half day of clinic per week while on inpatient rotations and no clinic when on away rotations.

Second Year: Second year residents have two full days of continuity clinic per week. All residents are limited to one half day of clinic per week while on inpatient rotations and no clinic when on away rotations.

Third Year: Third year residents have two full days of continuity clinic per week. All residents are limited to one half day of clinic per week while on inpatient rotations. 

Samaritan Family Medicine Residency Program Curriculum Overview
Block Experiences
PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3

Orientation

 Outpatient Clinic  Obstetrics (L&D)

Outpatient Clinic

Dermatology  Obstetrics (L&D)

Outpatient Clinic

 Outpatient Clinic Rural Inpatient Medicine 
Inpatient Medicine (ICS) Inpatient Medicine (ICS)
Inpatient Medicine (ICS)
GYN Inpatient Medicine (SNL) Inpatient Medicine (ICS2) Hospice / Geriatrics  Behavioral Health / Addiction Infectious Disease
Inpatient Pediatrics Inpatient Pediatrics (Randall Children’s Hospital)  Outpatient Pediatrics ICU Outpatient Pediatrics - Specialty Elective Orthopedics Urgent Care  Pediatric Emergency Medicine 
Inpatient Cardiology  General Surgery Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Community Medicine Elective Elective Elective Elective
Sports Medicine
Elective
Elective
     
Longitudinal Experiences

 Family Medicine Continuity Clinic

 Pediatrics Continuity Clinic
 Geriatrics
 Simulation
 Procedures
 Scholarly Activity and Practice Improvement
 Management of Health Care Systems / Practice-Based Learning
 Family Medicine Didactics
 Behavioral Health

Didactics

The residents have a half-day of protected time each Wednesday afternoon for didactics. These are resident-driven and are broken down into multiple work-shop style half days where the learning is systems-based. For example, the residents will have an endocrinology workshop that will cover topics related to diabetes and thyroid disease on the same day. The learning is overseen by a family medicine residency core faculty, as well as specialists at times. 

Simulations are scheduled two to three times a year during didactics to help prepare residents for emergency situations. These focus on adult emergencies, pediatric emergencies and Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics (ALSO).  All interns will go through ALSO to prepare them for the labor and delivery floor. 

There is time during didactics set aside for working on scholarly projects. More details are below.

Other components of didactics include monthly journal club, board preparation, Balint-like groups and program director time. The Balint groups are sessions where the residents meet with a psychologist to discuss stress triggers and develop coping strategies. This is protected time where the residents can process stressful situations and offer support to each other. 

Scholarly Activity

Each resident must complete two scholarly activities during their training. These are typically started near the end of first year and completed during second and third year. One of the projects must be a process improvement project. There is a structured scholarly activity curriculum as well as support to help with IRB approval and data analysis. All residents will present one of their research projects at the Samaritan Health Services research day during their third year. In addition, many residents have been involved and presented projects at national level conferences.