The Family Medicine Residency Urban Track

The Family Medicine Residency Urban Track

The Family Medicine Residency Urban Track trains committed family medicine residents to provide high quality, culturally competent healthcare in urban, multicultural and lower socioeconomic communities. Through innovative and inspired healthcare delivery, disease prevention, health promotion, research and leadership, we hope to diminish or eliminate racial, gender and socioeconomic healthcare outcome disparities.

Family Medicine at CarePoint East is located in census tract 28, which has been designated as an empowerment zone. Approximately 90 percent of the population is African American and 34 percent live below the federal poverty level. In addition, we are located in immediate proximity to primary care, low-income special population health professional shortage areas (HPSA).

Patient Care and Resident Education

Family Medicine at University Hospital East is designed to provide excellent family-centered care for its urban community using biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences to diagnose and treat illness. A full range of services are provided and taught, including prenatal and postnatal care, family-centered child birth, outpatient management of HIV/AIDS patients, acute trauma and life support (ATLS) courses, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures (such as minor surgical skin procedures and colposcopy), practice management, community based research, interpreter service etiquette, health promotion and disease prevention.

Emphasized Curricular Areas

  • Cultural competency with focus on selected clinical conditions such as childbirth, chronic illness, death of an elderly family member and the effect that cultural traditions, values and beliefs have on the delivery of health care under these conditions
  • The "Five A’s" that affect patient ACCESS to care – availability, accessibility, accommodation, affordability, acceptability
  • Environmental health
  • Urban health focused research project
  • Practice management in lower socioeconomic communities
  • Medicare and Medicaid issues and social services utilization
  • Geriatric medicine in multicultural, lower socioeconomic communities

Call Schedule

The call schedule varies upon the rotation and year, with call being no more frequent than every third night. To accommodate the new duty hours regulations, we have implemented a new call schedule, which minimizes cross-cover. This call schedule has been well received by our residents and faculty. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has state-of-the art call rooms with computer and fitness facilities. Residents are assured one day off each week, on average, to be away from the program.

Moonlighting Policy

Moonlighting is permitted for second- and third-year residents who hold a valid permanent Ohio medical license, as long as it does not interfere with the resident’s responsibilities to the program. Before being allowed to moonlight, the resident must fulfill all obligations of the residency program and be approved to do so by the residency director.
Urban Track curriculum

Urban Track curriculum

First Year

 Family medicine orientation            Two weeks 
 Diabetes      Four weeks 
 Family medicine inpatient service      (Three) four week blocks
 Emergency medicine      Four weeks
 Cardiology      Four weeks
 Intensive care unit      Four weeks
 Obstetrics      (Two) four week blocks
 Newborn nursery      Four weeks
 Pediatric inpatient service      Four weeks
 General surgery      Four weeks
 Family medicine intern medley      Four weeks

Second Year

 Family medicine inpatient service            (Two) four week blocks 
 Medical home management      Four weeks 
 Community and occupational medicine      Four weeks
 Women's health      Four weeks
 Pediatric clinic      Four weeks
 Pediatric emergency room      Four weeks
 Adult orthopedics      Four weeks
 Ambulatory surgery      Four weeks
 Dermatology      Four weeks
 Behavioral health      Four weeks
 Elective      Four weeks

Third Year

 Family medicine inpatient service            (Two) four week blocks 
 Sports medicine      Four weeks 
 Pediatrics selective      Four weeks
 Adolescent medicine      Four weeks
 Community medicine      Four weeks
 Ophthalmology, ENT, urology      (Two) four week blocks
 Family practice center      Four weeks
 HIV*      Four weeks
 Electives      (Three) four week blocks
*Rotation can be done in Lesotho, Africa or Columbus, Ohio.

Longitudinal Curriculum

  • Family medicine outpatient care
  • Behavioral medicine and mental health
  • Longitudinal obstetrics experience
  • Care of elderly patient (geriatrics)
  • Information mastery/evidence-based practice
  • Research and scholarship
  • Practice management
  • Diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine
  • Quality management and improvement
  • Women's health
  • Sports medicine
  • Community medicine

Core Didactic Series

Our program strives for a balance between learning at the bedside, in the clinical exam room and in the conference room. To accomplish the latter, we have set aside Wednesday afternoon for our conferences, following a structured monthly template. This template involves Grand Rounds followed by resident educational conferences. These conferences are an effective mixture of workshops, problem-based learning cases and case-based presentations. We also have a longitudinal inpatient curriculum consisting of a series of topics specific to the inpatient setting.

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