Five curriculum domains have been developed, evaluated and refined over many years of fellowship training:
- Teaching and Learning
- Professional Development and Leadership
- Research and Scholarship
- Administrative and Management
- Clinical Care
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) and medical decision-making (MDM) techniques are taught across all four domains to prepare fellows for evidence-based practice and teaching.
Teaching and Learning Domain
Through our innovated Teaching and Learning in Different Settings program, fellows read published articles, and they observe, discuss, practice and review videos of themselves teaching in different settings. The settings include inpatient teaching rounds, precepting, lectures, small group discussion, journal club, and office practice. Fellows also explore innovate approaches to teaching difficult and controversial topics such as pain management, death, and dying. They are encouraged to teach in diverse settings including community organization and schools and to integrate EBM and MDM into all teaching.
Professional Development and Leadership
Fellows develop these skills through a variety of activities. Some of these include: workshops led by nationally known speakers; participation in structured Transformative Learning Experiences; attending the Annual Spring Conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine; leading local faculty development sessions; working on group projects; and leading inpatient teaching rounds.
Research and Scholarship Domain
Fellows master the research process through critical appraisal of published research reports. With the goal of becoming critical consumers of research and generators of original research, fellows train in statistical analysis and research design. One-year fellows are expected to design an original educational research project or curriculum project. Two-year fellows are expected to complete their project and produce a publishable manuscript.
Administrative and Management Domain
Fellows receive a solid grounding in administrative and management skills with an emphasis on administration of a family medicine residency. Fellows participate in an annual critical review of the fellowship experience, aid in the design of future programs, and contribute to the evaluation and curriculum development of the three residency programs.
Clinical Care Domain
Fellows sharpen their clinical skills by caring for patients in hospitals, health centers and other settings by arrangement. Serving as a clinical role model for students and residents in both hospital and ambulatory practice, the fellow will develop efficiency and competency while holding the responsibility as a family physician. Opportunities are available to broaden clinical skills in alternative environments such as providing care to recent immigrants or the homeless.