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    bullet point  Curriculum - First Year
     
     
    The first year provides incoming residents with a solid introduction to the breadth and diversity of family medicine. A series of inpatient rotations at UPMC St. Margaret (internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine) are blended with outpatient experiences in community medicine, school health, ambulatory surgery, and two months of outpatient pediatrics. In-hospital rotations involve a floor team comprised of a senior and first year resident along with attending faculty and often medical students. Residents also spend one or two half-day sessions per week at one of our Family Health Centers. An AOA accredited residency in Osteopathic Medicine is also available for Osteopathic students interested in family medicine.
    A new and popular initiative for 2010 is our rural health rotation. Each first year resident spends two weeks in one of three outlying UPMC rural community hospitals (UPMC Bedford, UPMC Northwest-Oil City, or UPMC Horizon-Greenville). The resident has the opportunity to work with local community physicians as well as spend some time in the hospital's emergency room.


    FIRST YEAR
    Obstetrics Family Health Center/
    School Health
    Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Inpatient Teaching ServiceGeriatric Teaching Service Inpatient FHC Service 
    Ambulatory PediaticsPediatric EROutpatient Family MedicineInpatient Surgery/Outpatient SurgeryEmergency Department/Rural MedicineEmergency MedicineNight Float

     
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    bullet point  Curriculum - Second Year
     
     
    To further emphasize outpatient medicine, a greater variety of experiences becomes available in the second year. In addition to outpatient rotations in women’s health, sports medicine, and cardiology, there are two blocks of elective time. Time in the Family Health Centers also expands, with an average of three to four sessions per week. While night call responsibilities decline, teaching duties to first year residents and medical students increase.

    SECOND YEAR
    Obstetrics Women's Health Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Sports Medicine Cardiology Inpatient Pediatics
    Pediatric ER/
    Senior Night Float
    Geriatric Inpatient Teaching Service Family Health Center OutpatientMedication Management Teaching SelectiveElective (2)


    LONGITUDINAL EXPERIENCES:
    Family Health Center 3 or 4 sessions/week
    Daily Behavioral Sciences
    Community Health Project
    Nursing Home and Home Visit Program
    Direct observation/videotaping with faculty advisor/mentor

    OTHER SECOND YEAR EXPERIENCES:
    PALS
    ALSO
    ATLS/NALS (optional)
    Second-Year Retreat
    Optional OB Track
    Merit Seminar
    Family Practice Refresher Course
    School Sports Physicals
    Optional Private Practice Initiative (PPI)
    Global Health Track

    "UPMC St. Margaret combines a strong teaching faculty with great clinical experiences. St. Margaret's residents and faculty work well together in a friendly learning environment."

    Radha Mahale, M.D.

    Second Year Residents

     
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    A further shift to the outpatient arena of the Family Health Centers results in each third year resident having four to five office sessions per week. A leadership position is now present, as third year residents head up the medical teams of the most challenging hospital rotations. With three additional months of elective time, the third year allows a resident to concentrate on his or her areas of special interest and begin final preparation for medical practice. A longitudinal Private Practice Initiative (PPI) for each resident provides weekly outpatient experience for each resident to further prepare them for their new role as full-time attending physicians.

    THIRD YEAR
    Opththalmology Outpatient FHC FHC Inpatient Service Inpatient 3B Medicine Neurology/Urology Orthopedics
    ENT/Ophthalmology Outpatient Geriatrics Pediatric ER/Senior Night Float Dermatology Elective (2) Practice Based Improvement/Local Elective


    LONGITUDINAL EXPERIENCES:
    Family Health Center 4 sessions/week
    Daily Behavioral Sciences
    Community Health Project
    Nursing Home and Home Visit Program
    Private Practice Initiative (PPI)

    OTHER THIRD YEAR EXPERIENCES:
    ACLS Renewal
    Practice Management Workshop
    Third-Year Retreat
    Optional OB Track
    School Sports Physicals
    School Sex Education Program
    Family Practice Refresher Course
    Merit Seminar


    Second Year Residents"UPMC St. Margaret provides a balanced mixture of basic family practice problems as well as complex clinical situations."

    Mary Pat Friedlander

     
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