| The Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program has an integrated and flexible three-year curriculum that is very innovative, while meeting ACGME/RRC-FM requirements for accreditation.
The first year of training begins with a two-week orientation. Residents are familiarized with
Phoebe Putney Memorial
Hospital, the Phoebe Family Care Center and the Albany community. In addition, they are also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, as well as the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. The first year is spent in thirteen four-week block rotations, many of these on core clinical inpatient services at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Inpatient call on these clinical services averages approximately every fourth night.
Upon entry into the program, all residents are assigned a panel of family medicine patients for whom they will provide continuity care for a three-year period. Residents are supervised in the Phoebe Family Care Center by family physicians on the faculty of the residency program.
Phoebe Family Care Center patients requiring hospitalization are admitted to the family medicine inpatient service. Three residents rotate each four-week block on this service, and have primary responsibility for managing these inpatients while supervised by an attending family physician faculty member.
After-hours and weekend care responsibilities for Phoebe Family Care Center patients admitted to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital are provided by residents rotating on the family medicine inpatient service, supplemented by second and third year residents on other rotations. Call frequency does not exceed every fourth night or every other weekend in the first year, and every fifth to seventh night in the second and third years.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunch meetings are specifically designated for educational conferences while Tuesday and Thursday lunch meetings are designated for residency committees. The content of educational conferences is designed as a longitudinal board review to help prepare residents for the ABFM Certification Examination. These meetings also provide an opportunity for ongoing team-building among the residents and faculty.
During February, all first year residents spend two weeks in a group learning experience designed to augment their existing knowledge in procedural skills, behavioral science, computer literacy, ambulatory care and two weeks learning about community medicine. First year residents have one four-week elective rotation and on most rotations spend two half-days per week seeing family medicine patients in the Phoebe Family Care Center.
In the second year of training, the primary educational focus begins to shift from the inpatient to the ambulatory setting. Second year residents spend three half-days per week seeing family medicine patients in the Phoebe Family Care Center. While family medicine inpatient service, ICU/CCU, and OB continue as important inpatient experiences, other rotations have more of an outpatient orientation. Second year residents have one four-week elective rotation.
Except for three four-week blocks spent on the family medicine inpatient service and one four-week block in the NICU at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, the final year of residency is spent primarily in the outpatient setting. On most rotations, third year residents care for family medicine patients four half-days per week in the Phoebe Family Care Center. Senior residents have three four-week rotations of elective time available and are able to choose from a number of clinical learning experiences, including radiology and medical/surgical subspecialties, advanced OB, musculoskeletal and sports medicine, international medicine and more.
Block Rotation Schedule for years 1 - 3