HOW MUCH DIDACTIC TIME IS THERE? ARE RESIDENTS PROTECTED FROM OTHER OBLIGATIONS DURING SCHEDULED TEACHING SESSIONS?
Our Didactic Curriculum has been overhauled over the past year. To protect educational time and enhance our residents' learning, we recently transitioned to a weekly 2.5 hour block didactic series on Wednesday afternoons, for which all of our residents are excused from their other clinical duties to attend. In addition, during noontime on the other days of the week, residents participate in hospital Grand Rounds, shorter teaching sessions (such as senior resident-led "Chalk Talks"), committee meetings, Balint group, res-fac meetings, intern support group, and our Behavioral Science didactic series. Didactic and interactive sessions are taught by our Family Medicine faculty and by visiting subspecialists. Journal clubs and morbidity and mortality (M&M) conferences occur monthly. Residents are not scheduled for work responsibilities during these educational sessions and are expected to attend unless they are attending to an urgent patient care need such as a code or delivery. In addition, throughout the year, residents are relieved from work responsibilities to attend a series of class-specific small group Behavioral Science workshops covering various topics.
WHAT TYPES OF LEARNING ARE AT THE PROGRAM?
Our curriculum is designed to address the needs of our urban, underinsured, multicultural and medically underserved community. Different educational modalities used in our residency program include the following: 1) traditional clinical experiences in the hospital and outpatient settings; 2) experiential learning in chronic illness care (through facilitation of group visits, planned visits, and panel management), 3) self-directed learning via electronic educational resources available through the O'Connor and Stanford Medical Libraries, 4) use of models for procedural training, 5) simulation-based learning (i.e, mock codes), 6) traditional didactic lectures, small-group seminars and workshops incorporating Active Learning Methods, 7) direct observation and feedback of clinical encounters by medical and behavioral science faculty, and 8) a structured quality improvement curriculum that exposes residents to core concepts of continuous quality improvement and population management.
What sort of elective opportunities will I have?
The elective options are wide open. Residents have two months of electives, one of which can be anywhere in the world.
Recent elective choices included working with a local midwife/obestrician group, dermatology in Hawaii, medical volunteer work in Vietnam, office-based procedures with our attendings, and Sports Medicine ultrasound in Colorado. In addition to the elective months, residents can choose a “selective” in the second year which allows for additional time rotating in subject matter that the resident chooses (such as Cardiology, Pediatrics, Dermatology etc). Finally, our faculty are involved in a wide variety of clinical activities such as teaching, volunteering in local free clinics, and staffing sports events and frequently invite residents to join them.
Are there opportunities for international health rotations?
Residents have the opportunity to do a one month away elective which can be done internationally. Our program has an association with a free clinic based in Roatan, Honduras (coincidentally also a gorgeous beach, snorkeling, diving destination) that several of our residents and faculty have rotated through. Other overseas elective opportunities are also available and residents are free to set up their own rotation for their away elective month.
Will I have the opportunity to do scholarly activity like research or writing journal articles?
Our program does not have a research or publication requirement but there are several opportunities for scholarly activities for those who are interested. All residents develop projects as part of their Family and Community Medicine month. These have the potential to be presented as poster presentations at national conferences. Faculty have co-presented with residents at national Family Medicine conferences and have collaborated with residents on articles for the Family Medicine journals and textbooks. Residents with a particular interest in academic Family Medicine may participate in the OSLER program during their training.
HOW MUCH OB DO YOU DO?
Our residents far exceed the number of deliveries required for family medicine residency graduates. The average number of deliveries completed by our last two graduating classes was 106. Residents also get experience with the full spectrum of labor management, vacuum assisted deliveries, and assisting with Cesarean sections. Residents do 1.5 high volume months of obstetrics training at Valley Medical Center, the local county hospital. Three of our core family medicine faculty have active maternity care practices. Two of our family medicine faculty perform C-sections as primary surgeon.
Do residents rotate AT HOSPITALS OTHER THAN O’CONNOR HOSPITAL?
Fortunately, the majority of the residency training is based at our home institution. This allows our residents to work in a familiar environment and to participate in regularly scheduled didactic sessions. There are a handful of rotations that are based outside of O’Connor Hospital in order to supplement the training available at our host institution. First year residents do two months away: a month of intense labor and delivery at Valley Medical Center, the local county hospital, and one month of inpatient pediatrics at Kaiser Santa Clara. Second year residents spend one month away doing outpatient gynecology and building their obstetrics experience by taking L&D call at Valley Medical Center.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER RESIDENCY PROGRAMS AT O'CONNOR HOSPITAL?
There are no other residency programs at O’Connor Hospital – it’s “unopposed.” Being an “unopposed “ program means our residents get exposure to the full scope of interesting clinical cases and procedures. There is no competition with other programs for certain patients or procedures. Similarly, at O’Connor Hospital you won’t be the low man on the totem pole while rotating onto another specialty’s team.