Essentials of Family Medicine (EFM)
What are the Essentials of Family Medicine I, II & III?
Point of Care Ultrasound workshop with our residents and Dr. Cohee, Director of our POCUS Curriculum!
Our three-month “Essentials of Family Medicine” series is an ambitious and innovative curriculum for teaching important core knowledge and skills for a wide variety of key areas important to developing physicians. Each year, each residency class spends a month together participating in a combination of seminars, workshops, and self study exercises directed specifically at their level of training, to enhance clinical skills as well as to introduce and build on topics such as:
- Procedures training
- Well child, adolescent, and adult care
- Concepts of prevention and screening
- Chronic disease care
- Health Equity
- Practice management and leadership
- Quality improvement
- Information Mastery
- Self-reflection and self-care
- Optimizing the physician/patient relationship
- Sports medicine
During Essentials Month, our PGY2s take a tour through Jefferson School African American Heritage Center as a part of our Health Equity Curriculum. Our Health Equity Curriculum, developed by Dr. Kristina Johnson, is a fairly new addition to our program and very well received by our residents!
Our residents teaching med students!
Global Health Leadership Track
Residents have opportunities for international research and clinical electives in cooperation with the UVA Center for Global Health. Our most active clinical elective sites are Guatemala, Tanzania and Uganda. Residents with an interest in Global Health Research may partner with an internal medicine faculty member at a number of different sites, including sites in Brazil, Ghana, China, Philippines, South Africa, Mexico, Tanzania, and Guatemala, or work with Dr. Hauck on a project related to refugee health.
During the elective, residents learn about diseases relevant to the local population, experience a different healthcare system, and discover a new culture in a safe, appropriately supervised environment. Residents contribute to the academic learning environment at partner sites by attending and leading teaching conferences; upon their return, they are expected to give a presentation about their experience to the UVA Department of Family Medicine.
Our Global Health Curriculum is a competitive specialized training track. A joint effort between the departments of medicine and family medicine, it is designed to improve our residents’ preparations for global health experiences. Residents apply for positions during the intern year. Global Health certificate courses with intensive training in tropical medicine and global health issues are offered by some of our Internal Medicine Department’s renowned Infectious Disease faculty members. In addition to in-depth exposure to international medicine and the study of tropical disease, residents also have the opportunity to work in a Travelers ID clinic, in addition to caring for patients in our International Family Medicine Clinic.