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Custom Curriculum

Areas of Concentration 

Areas of Concentration will allow residents the flexibility to develop their special interests within the context of family medicine to better prepare them for the type of practice they would like to pursue during their career.  These Areas of Concentration will primarily utilize some block rotations (2-3 blocks) during electives, but some longitudinal experiences may be appropriate as well.  A scholarly project in the resident’s area of interest is required.  These Areas of Concentration will be flexible to meet the specific career needs of the resident.

Areas of Concentration must be selected in writing within three months of completing the first year of residency. Residents DO NOT need to choose an Area of Concentration, but these are available to those residents who desire special training in the selected area.

The Areas of Concentration listed below are currently available, but others can be developed based on individual resident interest:

Sports Medicine

This Area of Concentration is designed for the resident interested in musculoskeletal problems and the special needs of athletes, or fellowship training after residency. Block rotations beyond the required sports medicine experience will be scheduled during elective blocks. Longitudinal experience with Sports Medicine fellowship trained program faculty will be expected, in addition. A scholarly project is required that will demonstrate the resident’s skills in both investigating a topic in this area of concentration and presenting it to a regional audience. Additional training in the use of ultrasound will be incorporated into this experience.

Hospice and Palliative Care

This Area of Concentration will prepare residents to effectively treat patients with end of life issues and fellowship training after residency in Hospice and Palliative Care.  Block rotations will be scheduled with OhioHealth Palliative Care teams at Kobacker House, Home Care (within the local community), Pain Management, and Rehabilitation Services.  If desired, additional longitudinal experiences can be arranged.   A scholarly project is required that will demonstrate the resident’s skills in both investigating a topic in this area of concentration and presenting it to a regional audience.

Inpatient Medicine

This Area of Concentration is for the resident who wants to develop more expertise in the inpatient setting who may want to practice inpatient medicine in their future practice. Residents choosing this area of concentration will be expected to provide leadership and teaching to the residents assigned to the required inpatient rotations. A scholarly project is required that will demonstrate the resident’s skills in both investigating a topic in this area of concentration and presenting it to a regional audience.

Women’s Health

This Area of Concentration is for the resident who desires to develop extra competencies in serving the special needs of female patients, including procedures related to women’s health.  Rotations beyond the required maternity care and gynecology rotation will be scheduled during elective blocks.  A longitudinal experience with program faculty with special interest in women’s health and related office based procedures will be incorporated.  A scholarly project is required that will demonstrate the resident’s skills in both investigating a topic in this area of concentration and presenting it to a regional audience.

Urgent Care

This Area of Concentration will provide residents opportunities for additional shifts in an urgent care or emergency department.  Block rotations during electives will be scheduled in the settings selected by the resident including Emergency Department, Adult or Pediatric Urgent Care.  A required scholarly project on current topics in urgent care/emergency medicine will enhance the resident’s skills in this area of concentration and allow for the opportunity to present at a regional or national conference.

Behavioral Health

This Area of Concentration is for the resident who is interested in developing additional knowledge and clinical skills in diagnosing and treating mental health patients in the primary care setting.  A block rotation provides opportunities to learn addiction medicine, psychiatry, and other mental health topics in facilities within the OhioHealth System and local community. Grand Rounds and weekly didactics will cover topics to augment this rotation. Opportunities to schedule patients with our Director of Behavioral Health will be available in the ambulatory office to learn and practice motivational interviewing techniques. A required scholarly project on current topics in behavioral medicine will enhance the resident’s skills in this area of concentration and allow for the opportunity to present at a regional or national conference.

Longitudinal Tracks

Curricular Tracks are structured to allow residents the flexibility to develop their special interests within the context of family medicine in order to better prepare them for the type of practice they would like to pursue.  These tracks are primarily longitudinal experiences throughout the second and third years of training, but may utilize some block rotations during electives.  A scholarly project in the resident’s area of interest is required.  These tracks are flexible to meet the specific career needs of the resident. 

Track must be selected in writing within three months of completing the first year of residency. Residents DO NOT need to choose a track, but are available to those residents who desire special training in the selected area.

The tracks listed below are the ones anticipated that residents will want to participate in, but others could be developed as well, based on individual resident interest.

Faculty Development Track

This track is ideally suited for the resident that foresees a career in academic family medicine, teaching medical students and/or residents. Blocks would include opportunities to serve as a “junior preceptor” for rotating medical students and first year residents. Participation in OhioHealth system-wide faculty development activities would be available.  Residents in this track will be assigned a mentor with a senior OhioHealth faculty member to help plan their career.  A scholarly project is required that will demonstrate the resident’s skills in both investigating a topic and presenting it to a regional audience.

Quality and Patient Safety Track

This track will prepare residents to serve within their practices, hospitals or health systems leading quality and safety teams.  Blocks would allow residents time to focus on quality and safety projects that they develop and implement them in the family medicine center or the hospital. Longitudinal participation in office and hospital QI and Safety committees will be expected during the second and third year of training.  Residents in this track will be assigned a mentor with a senior OhioHealth faculty member serving in a quality and safety position.  A QI project is required that will demonstrate the resident’s skills in both successful project and presenting it to a regional audience.

Leadership Development Track

If a resident aspires to a career in any form of health care leadership – practice, hospital, health system, or specialty organizations (OAFP, AAFP) – this track will be invaluable.  A block may be used to focus on a leadership development project, but most of this track will be a longitudinal experience.  The resident will be expected to review several articles and books on leadership and review the lessons learned in this study at a regional conference.  A member of the OhioHealth or DMH leadership team will be assigned to the resident as a mentor and time spent will help the resident formulate a career path and identify skills to be developed.

Population Health Track

This track is for the resident who wants to improve the health of communities beyond the personal practice of medicine.  This track will provide longitudinal experiences with quality leaders in OhioHealth, public health officials in Dublin and Franklin County, and Community Health Centers throughout Central Ohio.  A block rotation can be used to focus on completion of a population health scholarly project to be presented to a regional audience.  A member of the OhioHealth Quality Team will mentor residents in this track to help formulate a career path and identify skills to be developed.