Family Medicine Residency Program

First Year Key Objectives

Teaching and Learning

  • Adapt teaching to different learners and different settings.
  • Design instruction and curricula that embody adult learning principles, help learners meet identified learning objectives, and engage learners’ emotions.
  • Design and deliver high-quality oral presentations appropriate for different audiences.
  • Give appropriate positive and negative feedback, even to ‘difficult’ learners.
  • Design and implement evaluation instruments that yield valid & reliable information about what people have learned.
  • Make changes in physical environments (e.g., move furniture, alter lighting) to promote and enhance learning.
  • Assess learners’ needs in ways that get the needed information without taking too much time or making people uncomfortable.
  • Use technologies effectively in teaching.
  • Plan, document and communicate “scholarly activity” in ways that will advance his/her desired career.
  • Describe a plan for his/her continuing faculty development.

Administrative & Management Skills

  • Practice “win-win” negotiation to achieve his/her own goals consonant with his/her organization’s priorities.
  • Manage meetings effectively.
  • Write memos, reports, letters and other documents that communicate effectively to different audiences.
  • Communicate with the media in ways that further my own and my organization’s goals.
  • Practice effective leadership and advocacy in my teaching, practice and community settings
  • Work effectively with committees and teams
  • Use strategic planning and ‘visioning’ to help my organization create its own future.
  • Obtain and use information about organizational structure, work and communication processes, and power to effect organizational goals.
  • Develop budgets to implement organizational priorities.
  • Set challenging but reachable personal goals and manage my time effectively.


Professional Development

  • Assess his/her professional interests (research, teaching, service, patient care) to identify strategic areas for his/her 5-year personal development plan.
  • Create a portfolio that communicates his/her professional development to date.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for academic family medicine history, trends, future and vision.
  • Describe a long-term and short-term plan for lifelong learning.


  • Define and limit the scope of a research project.
  • State an hypothesis in researchable format.
  • Define independent, dependent, and intervening variables.
  • Identify resources available for support of research.
  • Describe legal and ethical guidelines for research including the IRB.
  • Plan data collection methods to facilitate gathering valid, reliable data.
  • Summarize qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Manage time effectively in order to adhere to research timetables.
  • Write proposals to obtain grant funding.
  • Communicate research designs, processes and outcomes to different audiences orally and in writing.