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Residency Curriculum at the Family Medicine Residency Program

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First Year

Night float
To ensure you receive the most thorough educational experience and preserve a healthy balance in your life, our residency program uses two call systems - nontraditional night-float system and conventional rotating call system. For a detailed explanation of both, see the call system summary.

Medicine
Family and internal medicine make up the core of our residency training. You will receive experience at the Family Medicine Center, Poudre Valley Hospital, long-term care facilities, and patients' homes. Acute and critical care adult medicine is emphasized with both hospital and ambulatory experiences. You will provide care to clinic patients and patients admitted to the hospital who have no physician. Private general internists and area family physicians provide additional teaching support while you act as the primary caregivers for their patients who are hospitalized. Your experience will be longitudinal, continuous, and combined with intensive block rotations in family medicine. Your experience will include aspects from each of the specialties discussed below. Our program's full-time faculty members provide most of the teaching support, but family physicians in private practice also participate. We complement the biomedical model with information related to the person, family, and community. Our program also emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention.

Obstetrics
A management experience that focuses on low-risk and high-risk pregnancies in all phases: prenatal care, labor/delivery, and postpartum care. You will receive training with the Poudre Valley Prenatal Program, which focuses on the community's underserved families. In addition, you will carry your own panel of obstetrics patients through the Family Medicine Center. Advanced obstetrical training is available during elective time.

Pediatrics
An ambulatory and hospital experience that provides care of newborns from delivery room resuscitation and care in Level I and Neonatal Intensive Care nurseries to office-based care. You also will treat children and adolescents in the hospital setting (acute and critical care areas).

Gynecology
Primarily an ambulatory experience that focuses on women's problems during pubescent, reproductive, and post-menopausal years. You will receive training with gynecologists in the community.

Behavioral medicine
This is primarily an ambulatory experience with some hospital psychiatry. You will learn the stages of normal individual/family development to better understand how physical and psychological health affect each other. In addition, you will learn basic systems theory and its use with patients and families; and basic psychiatric diagnoses and treatment, including pharmacotherapy for the common psychiatric disorders seen in primary care. You also will observe and participate in individual/family interviewing and counseling with the help of the patient resource and counseling services staff.

Through a longitudinal psychiatry clinic experience that covers all three years, you will develop the skills necessary for completing a full psychiatric assessment, and gain advanced knowledge about psychopharmacology.

Geriatrics
Geriatrics provides a comprehensive overview of the healthcare needs of the geriatric population for family practice residents. The first year curriculum focuses on mental status, discharge issues, end-of-life decision-making, and outpatient care.

Surgery (with inpatient procedures component)
An inpatient and outpatient experience where you will care for patients with surgical problems, pre- and post-operatively, and assist at related operations. Area general surgeons will supervise your work.

Vacation
For details on vacation, please visit the Compensation & Benefits page.

Competencies: ACLS, NRP, ALSO, PALS
Residents are required to receive certification every two years for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), and Pediatric Life Support (PALS). They also need to attend the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course every five years.

Completion: ABFM In-Training Examination (ITE)
Required for all residents. No residents may be absent on the day of the exam.

Second Year

Night float
Second- and third-year residents share a night float schedule. Each resident has 4 weeks of night float spread out over the year, one week at a time. Friday nights are the only night covered by traditional call, usually covered by the resident rotating on OB or Peds. Specific services such as trauma surgery and critical care may require additional call on their service.

Medicine
Family and internal medicine make up the core of our residency training. You will receive experience at the Family Medicine Center, Poudre Valley Hospital, long-term care facilities, and patients' homes. Acute and critical care adult medicine is emphasized with both hospital and ambulatory experiences. You will provide care to clinic patients and patients admitted to the hospital who have no physician. Private general internists and area family physicians provide additional teaching support while you act as the primary caregivers for their patients who are hospitalized. Your experience will be longitudinal, continuous, and combined with intensive block rotations in family medicine. Your experience will include aspects from each of the specialties discussed below. Our program's full-time faculty members provide most of the teaching support, but family physicians in private practice also participate. We complement the biomedical model with information related to the person, family, and community. Our program also emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention.

Obstetrics
A management experience that focuses on low-risk and high-risk pregnancies in all phases: prenatal care, labor/delivery, and postpartum care. You will receive training with the Poudre Valley Prenatal Program, which focuses on the community's underserved families. In addition, you will carry your own panel of obstetrics patients through the Family Medicine Center. Advanced obstetrical training is available during elective time.

Pediatrics
An ambulatory and hospital experience that provides care of newborns from delivery room resuscitation and care in Level I and neonatal intensive care nurseries to office-based care. You also will treat children and adolescents in the hospital setting (acute and critical care areas).

Behavioral medicine
This is primarily an ambulatory experience with some hospital psychiatry. You will learn the stages of normal individual/family development to better understand how physical and psychological health affect each other; basic systems theory and its use with patients and families. In addition, you will also learn basic psychiatric diagnoses and treatment, including pharmacotherapy for the common psychiatric disorders seen in primary care. You also will observe and participate in individual/family interviewing and counseling with the help of the patient resource and counseling services staff.

Through a longitudinal psychiatry clinic experience that covers all three years, you will develop the skills necessary for completing a full psychiatric assessment, and gain advanced knowledge about psychopharmacology.

Lifestyle medicine
An emerging new medical specialty, lifestyle medicine uses evidence-based lifestyle interventions in both the prevention and treatment of disease. This curriculum will guide you in integrating positive lifestyle change into the clinical care of your patients and their families. You'll observe and participate in lifestyle coaching, take part in lifestyle management group activities, and learn about strategies for behavior change - beginning with your own lifestyle and chosen behavior change. Areas of study include nutrition, fitness, weight management, smoking cessation, stress management, and life balance.

Community medicine
This experience will highlight community resources available to your patients and includes site visits to local service agencies. You will explore community-oriented primary care (COPC) through the development of a community medicine project designed to help you improve the health of a chosen community. You'll have opportunities to attend and present classroom and community educational sessions as well as learn about alternate career paths for family physicians in public health, occupational, and environmental medicine.

Rural family medicine
Rural family practice. A required one-month preceptorship with a family physician in a rural underserved area in the second or third year will help you experience rural practice. You will live in a rural community and work side-by-side with a family physician.

Outpatient medicine
This focuses on health promotion and chronic disease management through self-directed learning activities and clinic experience.

Sports medicine
Two separate one-week outpatient sports medicine rotations with family physicians who are also board certified in sports medicine, and whose practices are predominantly sports medicine in orientation. These rotations focus on pre-participation evaluations and special populations, as well as chronic orthopedic/sports-related problems and procedures.

Electives
Electives allow you to match the curriculum and experiences with your practice interests and goals. Common electives include gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, nephrology, rural medicine away, medical Spanish, palliative care, anesthesiology, allergy, endocrinology and practice evaluation. Up to four weeks of elective time may be taken as “away” during the PGY2 and PGY3 years.

Vacation
For details on vacation, please visit the Compensation & Benefits page.

Conference leave/CME
Upper-level resident physicians are entitled to one week of educational leave per academic year. Electronic CME may be taken, with five hours of CME credit equivalent to one conference day.

Maintain certifications in ACLS, NRP, ALSO, PALS
Residents are required to receive certification every two years for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), and Pediatric Life Support (PALS). They also need to attend the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course every five years.

Completion: ABFM In-Training Examination (ITE)
Required for all residents. No residents may be absent on the day of the exam.

Third Year

Night float
Second- and third-year residents share a night float schedule. Each resident has 4 weeks of night float spread out over the year, one week at a time. Friday nights are the only night covered by traditional call, usually covered by the resident rotating on OB or Peds. Specific services such as trauma surgery and critical care may require additional call on their service.

Medicine
Family and internal medicine make up the core of our residency training. You will receive experience at the Family Medicine Center, Poudre Valley Hospital, long-term care facilities, and patients' homes. Acute and critical care adult medicine is emphasized with both hospital and ambulatory experiences. You will provide care to clinic patients and patients admitted to the hospital who have no physician. Private general internists and area family physicians provide additional teaching support while you act as the primary caregivers for their patients who are hospitalized. Your experience will be longitudinal, continuous, and combined with intensive block rotations in family medicine. Your experience will include aspects from each of the specialties discussed below. Our program's full-time faculty members provide most of the teaching support, but family physicians in private practice also participate. We complement the biomedical model with information related to the person, family, and community. Our program also emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention.

Behavioral medicine
Through a longitudinal psychiatry clinic experience that covers all three years, you will develop the skills necessary for completing a full psychiatric assessment, and gain advanced knowledge about psychopharmacology.

Sports medicine
Two separate one-week outpatient sports medicine rotations with family physicians who are also board certified in sports medicine, and whose practices are predominantly sports medicine in orientation. These rotations focus on pre-participation evaluations and special populations, as well as chronic orthopedic/sports-related problems and procedures.

Orthopedics away - St. Anthony's Copper Mountain Clinic
In addition to emergency room and clinic experience, you will spend one month in your third year at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort clinic in Colorado dealing with acute orthopedic injuries. They include closed fractures, common dislocations, and musculoskeletal pain. You will learn common orthopedic procedures and casting. This "away" rotation is required. Housing is provided for the resident only.

Trauma or general surgery
A hospital experience that will emphasize trauma in children and adults and their preoperative and postoperative care. You will care for patients with acute surgical problems and assist at related operations. Area general surgeons will supervise your work.

Gynecology procedures
An ambulatory experience provided at the Family Medicine Center that focuses on gynecology procedures, including colposcopy and LEEP.This experience will highlight community resources available to your patients and includes site visits to local service agencies.

ENT
This ambulatory experience is designed to help prepare family physicians to diagnose and manage common ENT problems, procedures, and interpret office tests.

Opthalmology
A primarily ambulatory experience, the ophthalmology rotation will enhance the family medicine resident's knowledge and skills regarding common primary care eye complaints and identifying those eye conditions requiring ophthalmology referral.

Urology
The ambulatory urology rotation with physicians at the Urology Center of the Rockies is a shadowing experience with active discussion of the evaluation and management of male reproductive issues and other urologic problems. You will spend 5-6 half-days with urologists on this block rotation.

Practice management
The goal of the practice management curriculum is to teach residents the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively and efficiently provide and improve the care delivered in a medical practice and to achieve long term financial success.

Internal medicine subspecialties
Residents can choose to fill these four weeks with a mix of internal medicine subspecialties, including cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, nephrology, and hematology.

Electives
Electives allow you to match the curriculum and experiences with your practice interests and goals. Common electives include gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, nephrology, rural medicine away, medical Spanish, palliative care, anesthesiology, allergy, endocrinology, and practice evaluation. Up to four weeks of elective time may be taken as “away” during the PGY2 and PGY3 years.

Vacation
For details on vacation, please visit the Compensation & Benefits page.

Conference time/CME
Upper-level resident physicians are entitled to one week of educational leave per academic year. Electronic CME may be taken, with five hours of CME credit equivalent to one conference day.

Maintain certifications in ACLS, NRP, ALSO, PALS
Residents are required to receive certification every two years for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), and Pediatric Life Support (PALS). They also need to attend the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course every five years.

Completion: ABFM In-Training Examination (ITE)
Required for all residents. No residents may be absent on the day of the exam.

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Residents participate in a longitudinal curriculum of topics that include:

PGY-1: Geriatrics, colposcopy, laceration repair, dermatology procedures, information technology, lifestyle medicine, practice management and professionalism.
PGY-2: Diversity, residents as teachers, vasectomy procedure, practice-based improvement.
PGY-3: Practice management, systems-based practice, geriatrics, leadership, LEEP and implanon procedures.

Learn more

If you have questions or want more information about the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program, please contact Program Coordinator Rochelle "Chel" Wells at Chel.Wells@uchealth.org or 970.495.8803.

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