Most of our graduates use a wide range of procedural skills in their practice, and Valley Family Medicine procedural training is designed to prepare our residents well for this. While our residents learn procedure skills in a variety of settings, each resident gets written faculty feedback as they do each procedure so they know what steps they are doing well and what steps to focus on learning. The faculty comments also certify when residents are fully competent to do a procedure independently.
VFM has special procedure clinics where residents can gain competence through repeated opportunities to perform procedures they could expect to see in their own family medicine practice. Among the the procedures residents experience are:
- Skin Excisions
- IUD Placements/Removals
- Flex Sigmoidoscopies
- Toenail Removals
Residents also have hands-on exposure to minor gyn procedures in their regular clinic sessions. They also have opportunity to be assigned to the VFM Colposcopy Clinic, working with family medicine faculty trained in coloposcopy in addition to assigned time in a dedicated OB-Gyn clinic in VFM with Dr. Dara Jolly.
With recent changes in the sports medicine curriculum at VFM, residents have been given the chance to gain greater skill in musculoskeletal procedures through time spent in the new sports medicine clinic. Sports medicine faculty from the Valley Family Medicine Residency program spend dedicated time with the residents at the clinic precepting:
- Joint Injections
- Joint Aspirations
Inpatient procedures in obstetrics, internal medicine, and pediatrics are supervised by either VFM of specialty faculty, with similar written step by step feedback.