Didactics in Family Medicine

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As a member of the Michigan statewide campus system, residents attend a full day of lectures and workshops once a month. These sessions include training in OMT, dermatologic procedures, colposcopy and orthopedics. In addition, residents will take the Advanced Pediatric Life Support and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics courses.

Recognizing that formal didactics are important to help physicians develop new knowledge, didactic sessions are scheduled for a half-day each week. These are scheduled on Wednesday mornings. The first week of the month consists of statewide lectures as above.

Journal Club

Residents critically appraise an original paper on a family medicine topic. Additional review articles on a current topic are also presented.

Pharmacology update

A resident prepares a discussion about a single class of medication. Attention is directed towards indications, contraindications, and differences between medications in the class. The goal is for residents to develop a rational approach to prescribing medications.

Osteopathic manipulative therapy review

This alternates with the Pharmacology update. Each session will focus on a specific body area and residents will present and demonstrate a different technique.

Board review

Each resident is assigned a brief summary of a current topic and gives a short presentation. The residents then review and discuss multiple choice questions in a case-based format.

Procedural curriculum

Every other month we host a workshop to teach the relevant procedure. Using simulation and presentations the residents become prepared to perform the procedures on actual patients.

Business of medicine

We host a series of seminars to prepare the residents for practice. Topics such as patient-centered medical homes, credentialing, and coding are discussed. We also host a seminar on financial planning and debt reduction. Quality metrics and goals are discussed and data from the resident’s own patients are given to them to reinforce the concepts.

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