New track in 2016: Underserved populations

Selected residents will receive special training in caring for underserved populations in a Federally Qualified Health Center under the guidance of a physician expert.

Innovative education for the future family physician

At Community Hospital East's Family Medicine Residency, we are committed to designing a residency program of the future that will prepare you to practice in the patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

CHE Family Medicine Residency Curriculum ModelIn July 2012, we implemented our innovative PCMH modular curriculum. The principles guiding our curriculum are as follows:

  • The majority of learning should occur in the PCMH (Family Medicine Center), starting from day one of residency.
  • Family physicians are the best educators for family medicine. Specialists have a supporting role, but not the primary role in your education.
  • Patients come first. You will be available in the office to care for your patients on a regular basis starting from your first week of residency.
  • High yield learning experiences will be emphasized; low yield shadowing type rotations will be eliminated. We will maximize your residency experience!
  • Learning will be longitudinal. Organ-based block rotations will no longer be the cornerstone of educational experiences.
  • Teams play an important role in healthcare and in your residency training. You will participate in team-based quality improvement projects and patient care management sessions. You will work alongside your team members during your modules.
  • The amount of time in the FMC varies by module, but not your year of training. You have equal access for your patients all three years.

Longitudinal curriculum

These elements are repeated annually, divided in 6-month cycles.

  • 12 Weeks - Acute Care Module: Adult inpatient medicine, pediatric inpatient medicine, emergency medicine and electives
  • 12 Weeks - Preventive Care Module: Team time education, well child care, obstetrics, gynecology, sports medicine and orthopedics
  • 24 Weeks - Chronic disease module: Team time education and quality improvement projects, geriatrics, cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, neurology, ENT, urology, ophthalmology, dermatology, ICU, surgery, practice management, pain management, night float, elective and scholarly activity
  • 4 Weeks - Intersession: 1 week vacation (Christmas or New Year’s), 1 week group education, 2 weeks patient care
  • Patient Centered Medical Home - Continuity clinic, with additional time with PCMH resources: pharmacy, social work, billing/referrals, nutrition services, podiatry, mental health, procedures, LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) and OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment)