Residency Curriculum

Introduction

The Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Virginia is designed to prepare the medical school graduate for the delivery of comprehensive health care to patients of all ages in a variety of settings. Our residency has a strong base in medicine and pediatrics but also provides excellent training in behavioral health, sports medicine, maternity care and women’s health. Our residents learn the dermatologic, musculoskeletal and women’s health procedures essential to the practice of Family Medicine.

Diverse elective opportunities are available and each resident is encouraged to develop areas of special interest.

The underlying goal of the curriculum is to ensure that the graduate will be an outstanding family physician.

Program Highlights

Our program provides our residents an outstanding, well-rounded training experience.  Our unique strengths and curricular offerings enhance our resident’s training.

One of the highlights of each resident’s year is our Essentials of Family Medicine (EFM) rotations. In each year of residency we “pull residents off the wards” and put them together in the classroom for didactics, workshops, group projects, team-building time and outpatient clinic. We tailor each of these blocks to the educational needs of the residents. For example, we deliver much of our Practice Management curriculum in the third-year, during EFM III. These blocks of dedicated didactic time allow us to ensure that each resident, in each year, will engage in learning that we believe is essential to the practice of Family Medicine, and are a great complement to our weekly conferences.

A major focus of the department involves the practice and teaching of Information Mastery, a physician-friendly method of applying evidence-based medicine in every day practice. Kate DeGeorge, one of our core residency faculty and an editor for Dynamed ® has built on the work of alumnus and former faculty member Dr. David Slawson, to develop a dynamic and engaging curriculum to give our graduates the skill to manage and use information to provide the best care possible to their patients throughout their career. Our faculty are well-versed in the principles of EIDM  and integrate it into classroom and clinical teaching – it is a part of our department’s “DNA.”

Another focus of the program is on behavioral medicine teaching. Our behavioral medicine educators, as well as our physician faculty, help residents learn to better care for themselves, motivate patients to change behavior and learn therapy skills relevant to Family Medicine, through didactics and a rotation in the  Family Stress Clinic. We also practice an integrated model of primary care and mental health care that we call Collaborative Care: Our staff therapists and psychologists will come see your patient who needs additional help – whether that is to support the patient in a life crisis or to address a particularly challenging health behavior.

Another element that is unique to our program is the “hybrid nature” of the curriculum. While many rotations take place at the University of Virginia Hospital, we also have a strong emphasis on, and have required curricular elements in, rural medicine. You will find that many of our resident rotations take place in the offices of physicians in the community rather than at the University of Virginia Hospital. This allows our residents to experience the “real world feel” that is prevalent in many community programs. We are proud that 20% of our graduates practice in rural communities.

Our primary teaching practice offers residents a diverse range of patients. We provide care to University faculty and staff, residents of surrounding rural counties, and Charlottesville’s public housing communities. We also care for a large number of refugee and immigrant patients in our  International Family Medicine Clinic.

 

Contact

If you would like additional information, please contact the Assistant Residency Coordinator, Sarah Cowan