As a rural community family medicine residency, our focus is on experiential learning through direct patient care along with a rigorous didactic curriculum. This has served us well as our graduates have a first time pass rate of 99 percent on the American Board of Family Medicine certification examination.
Didactics consist of the following:
• Twice daily conferences delivered by faculty, consultants and residents
• Monthly board exam question reviews
• American Family Physician journal reading and review
• Monthly journal clubs.
Our morning conferences are attended by a geriatrician and a doctor of pharmacy, both of whom aid in putting the conference topics into practical clinical contexts. We require each resident to do an office-based quality improvement project in addition to a second scholarly project of their choice during residency and to present at least one of these scholarly projects at the regional, state or national level.
Recently, three teams consisting of five faculty members and three residents have authored review articles that have been submitted to and accepted for publication by “American Family Physician.”