Curriculum

Education & Training

Rotation Overview

Our rotations occur in four-week block schedules, consisting of 13 blocks per academic year. We follow the ACGME regulations for duty hours and prioritize safety and knowledge over service.

  • FMIS, Intensive Care and Surgery: These rotations take place at Northside Hospital Duluth, an 85-bed hospital, located in Duluth, Georgia.
  • OB care and NBN: These rotations occur at Northside Hospital Gwinnett – a Level II Trauma Center just across Highway 120 from Strickland Family Medicine Center.
  • Geriatrics: Residents admit, discharge and follow patients at the Northside Gwinnett Extended Care Center a long-term and subacute facility located on the Northside Hospital Gwinnett campus and a short distance from SFMC.
  • Pediatrics Emergency: Residents see patients at Northside Hospital Gwinnett's Children's Emergency Center.
  • Inpatient Pediatrics: This rotation occurs at Children’s Health of Atlanta (CHOA) Scottish Rite in Atlanta, and is supervised by pediatric attendings. Residents work side-by-side with pediatric residents from other programs.
  • Outpatient Pediatrics: This takes place at Mason Pediatrics, a pediatric practice with Gwinnett Medical Group, located just a short walk from SFMC. Residents also provide longitudinal care and see their continuity pediatric population at Mason Pediatrics.
  • Rural Health: Residents receive training in rural medicine by providing care for patients at the Habersham Family Practice Center, a private clinic in Demorest, Georgia, located 80 miles north of Atlanta.
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine: This rotation occurs at multiple locations, though the bulk of the care is provided at Duluth Family & Sports Medicine and the Concussion Institute at Northside Hospital Duluth. Residents also rotate with some of the orthopedic practices in the area and are expected to gain longitudinal experience in pre-participation sports physicals by attending and providing care at a minimum of three school sports physicals per year.
  • Medical and Surgical Subspecialties: This includes rotations at various rheumatology, dermatology, endocrinology and cardiovascular practices in Gwinnett County.
  • Electives: A variety of options are available, including primary care (Bostock Family Medicine, Buford Family Practice) and urgent care (Buckhead North Urgent Care), and practice management and advocacy with the Medical Association of Georgia. 
  • Systems Based Practice: Residents spend one month gaining understanding in knowledge of how medical systems components are interrelated, types of medical practices and delivery systems, and differences in their costs and resource allocation while advocating for quality patient care. They also work with the behavioral faculty to improve patient care by carrying out activities such as home-based care. During this month, they get training on analyzing their practice and performing improvement activities. They are expected to find and assimilate evidence related to patients needs and utilize this information about their own patients to design improvements for a population of patients.
  • Behavioral Health: This rotation takes place at ViewPoint Health, a behavioral health center for the care of patients with behavioral health and developmental disabilities.

Curriculum

The Curriculum follows a four-week block schedule, allowing 13 blocks per academic year.  We adhere strictly to the ACGME regulations for duty hours. We are fortunate to be able to offer the opportunity to learn Family Medicine in an environment that stresses a culture of safety, with education being the primary focus, not service requirements.  

1st Year Rotations

Orientation4 Weeks
Systems Based Practice4 Weeks
Intensive Care/Night Float4 Weeks
Emergency Medicine4 Weeks
Outpatient Pediatrics4 Weeks
Newborn Nursery and NICU4 Weeks
Surgery4 Weeks
Family Medicine Inpatient (FMIS)12 Weeks
Maternity Care8 Weeks
Ambulatory Family Medicine4 Weeks


2nd Year Rotations

Behavioral Health/Psychiatry4 Weeks
Dermatology4 Weeks
Family Medicine Inpatient (FMIS)8 Weeks
Pediatric Emergency Medicine*4 Weeks
Inpatient Pediatrics4 Weeks
Geriatrics4 Weeks
Ambulatory Family Medicine/Procedures4 Weeks
Musculoskeletal Medicine (Sports Medicine/Orthopedics)4 Weeks
Electives8 Weeks
Night Float4 Weeks
Ambulatory Family Medicine4 Weeks


3rd Year Rotations

Family Medicine Inpatient (FMIS)4 Weeks
Pediatric Emergency4 Weeks
Emergency Medicine4 Weeks
Surgical Sub-Specialties4 Weeks
Medical Sub-Specialties8 Weeks
Musculoskeletal Medicine (Sports Medicine/Orthopedics)4 Weeks
Electives8 Weeks
Ambulatory Family Medicine/Procedures4 Weeks
Ambulatory Family Medicine4 Weeks
Night Float4 Weeks
Rural Medicine4 Weeks

Didactics

Wednesday Conference - Residents receive instructional education every Wednesday. The scope of the conferences includes obstetrics, gynecology, adult medicine sub-specialty and primary care, pediatrics, surgery, behavioral medicine and inter-professional education.

Safety Conference is held monthly, as is Family Medicine Grand Rounds, where continued medical education credits are provided.

Workshops and hands-on training including disaster preparedness, suturing workshops, injections, biopsies, gynecology procedues (LARC-based workshops) and simulation experience.