Valley Family Medicine offers an innovative curriculum that provides a breadth of experience and flexibility to prepare family physicians to practice in a variety of settings. The training includes full spectrum family medicine with quality inpatient and outpatient primary care, obstetrics, and behavioral medicine. Unique components include scheduling residents in clinic on a daily basis (known as Clinic First), disease management and population-based care, integration of evidenced-based medicine, and healthcare management seminars that are targeted to each academic year. The entire program is designed to create an emotionally supportive environment that encourages intellectual debate and lifelong professional development.
The obstetrics curriculum is a key component of the training. Obstetric experiences begin on the first day of the program and continue throughout residency. Residents work closely with obstetricians, perinatologists, and family physicians, and can typically perform approximately 100 vaginal deliveries over the course of their training. In addition, they assist with high- and low-risk deliveries, including assisting with C-sections. By the time they graduate, residents will have performed or participated in more deliveries than most other family medicine residents.
Another key component of the curriculum is training residents in doctor-patient communications. Residents receive regular one-on-one precepting in their continuity clinic with both family medicine and behavioral science faculty (Focus Clinic). Working closely with faculty allows residents to hone their interpersonal and clinical skills. Our goal is to optimize clinical outcomes through the use of effective communication.
In addition to curriculum designed to provide our residents with the skills they need to independently practice family medicine, Valley Family Medicine is also committed to the long-term well-being of its residents through a robust programmatic wellness culture with active faculty and resident involvement.
Residents are able to pursue individualized curriculum priorities through rotations during their 3 years at Valley Family Medicine.
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