Curriculum

Family Medicine

Rotation Sites

Rotations for the Family Medicine Residency Program will take place at three sites:

Ambulatory

Residents will provide longitudinal outpatient primary care for their patients over the course of their training at the continuity clinic site, Rancho Family Medical Group Temecula – Makena, located less than one mile from Temecula Valley Hospital.

Time in the continuity clinic will graduate from a half day per week during PGY-1 year to three to four half days per week PGY-3 year. During PGY-2 year, there is a month rotation dedicated to continuity clinic. During PGY-3 year, there are two months dedicated to continuity clinic.

Other outpatient rotation experiences include Community Medicine, Human Behavior/Mental Health, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Geriatric Medicine, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Women’s Health, Dermatology, Addiction Medicine, Pain Management, Otolaryngology, Urology, Ophthalmology, Practice Management, and other medical and surgical subspecialties.

Inpatient

Residents will do their Inpatient Adult Medicine, Emergency Medicine and General Surgery rotations at Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH). TVH, built in 2013, offers a comprehensive range of services similar to hospitals in large metropolitan areas. The hospital offers major specialty services including Interventional Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Neuro-interventional services. TVH garners national recognition for patient safety and quality.

Obstetrics, Inpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Newborn Nursery and NICU rotations will be done at Rancho Springs Medical Center (RSMC), located less than 10 miles from TVH. RSMC offers the largest maternity program in southern Riverside County and provides the only dedicated obstetric emergency department in the area. RSMC also features a pediatric emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, as well as a NICU staffed by neonatologists from Rady Children’s.

Didactics

The goals of the Family Medicine Residency didactic program are to:

  1. Educate residents in the broad spectrum of the specialty with an emphasis on delivering continuous comprehensive care to a diverse patient population
  2. Develop the humanistic and culturally sensitive characteristics necessary for effective doctor-patient relationships fundamental to the specialty
  3. Foster a love for continuous learning and desire for continuous improvement among residents through a supportive, but challenging, curriculum

Didactic sessions are scheduled for a half day per week and resident attendance is mandatory. The curriculum has been developed with guidance from nationally recognized family medicine organizations such as the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

Rotations

Block PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3
1 Adult Inpatient Medicine Adult Inpatient Medicine Adult Inpatient Medicine
2 Adult Inpatient Medicine Adult Inpatient Medicine Adult Inpatient Medicine
3 Adult Inpatient Medicine Geriatric Medicine Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
4 Adult Inpatient Medicine Pediatric Emergency Medicine Outpatient Pediatrics
5 Intensive Care Unit Orthopaedics FMP
6 Community Medicine Elective ENT 2 wk / Urology 2 wk
7 Human Behavior / Mental Health Inpatient Pediatrics Practice Management
8 Newborns/NICU Elective Elective
9 Obstetrics Emergency Medicine Obstetrics
10 Emergency Medicine Gynecology Elective
11 Cardiology Dermatology Radiology 2wk / Ophth 2wk
12 Outpatient Pediatrics FMP Elective
13 Surgery Addiction Medicine 2 wk/ Pain Management 2wk FMP
Block PGY-1
1 Adult Inpatient Medicine
2 Adult Inpatient Medicine
3 Adult Inpatient Medicine
4 Adult Inpatient Medicine
5 Intensive Care Unit
6 Community Medicine
7 Human Behavior / Mental Health
8 Newborns/NICU
9 Obstetrics
10 Emergency Medicine
11 Cardiology
12 Outpatient Pediatrics
13 Surgery
BlockPGY-2
1Adult Inpatient Medicine
2Adult Inpatient Medicine
3Geriatric Medicine
4Pediatric Emergency Medicine
5Orthopaedics
6Elective
7Inpatient Pediatrics
8Elective
9Emergency Medicine
10Gynecology
11Dermatology
12FMP
13Addiction Medicine 2 wk/ Pain Management 2wk
BlockPGY-3
1Adult Inpatient Medicine
2Adult Inpatient Medicine
3Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
4Outpatient Pediatrics
5FMP
6ENT 2 wk / Urology 2 wk
7Practice Management
8Elective
9Obstetrics
10Elective
11Radiology 2wk / Ophth 2wk
12Elective
13FMP
Notes
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Residents are allowed 20 days per academic year during outpatient rotations and are allowed five days per block. See Salary & Benefits for more information.
  • Potential Electives include: Addiction Medicine, Urology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, ENT, Orthopedics, FMP, Medicine Subspecialties, and Pediatric Subspecialties.
  • The program incorporated research as a continuous element in the Family Medicine Curriculum.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Our program seeks to advance our residents’ knowledge of basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and applied to patient care. Residents will develop their research abilities through various activities including Journal Club, Population Health didactics, and Clinical Case Conference didactic sessions.

Residents are assigned faculty mentors to advise and guide them with their research and scholarly activities. Because of its importance, residents will be allotted time during non-call rotations for scholarly activity as well as the ability to request elective time for scholarly pursuits.

All residents are expected to participate in scholarly activity. Residents are to complete at least two Scholarly Activity Projects over the course of their training, one of which must be a quality improvement project. Residents will participate in hospital performance improvement committees and be exposed to ongoing improvement activities taking place at the hospital such as patient safety efforts and quality improvement.

Residents will present their Scholarly Activity Projects during didactic sessions and are encouraged to submit their projects for presentation and/or publication at professional local, regional or national meetings or in peer-reviewed journals.