The program has implemented a very innovative and unique approach to its family medicine curriculum. We call it the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum (LIC).
It simply means that the majority of the required experiences for family medicine training are spread out (typically over years 1 and 3) instead of primarily in traditional block months. This results in our residents having the opportunity to "live the life" of a family physician for 2 years of their training. In the rural track, this means daily rounds at Bibb Medical Center before continuity clinic / longitudinal rotations. In the urban track, this includes family medicine inpatient work at UAB Medical West interspersed with continuity clinic / longitudinal rotations throughout the three years. In the second year of training, residents will complete several months of traditional block rotations at our partner sites, getting experiences in higher volume/higher acuity hospitals, while still maintaining their panel of patients in continuity clinic. In addition, each year includes 1 month to spend serving abroad in a medically underserved country.
All of the ACGME core requirements are covered, of course, and here are a few highlights of some of our block rotations:
Inpatient Hospitalist and ICU months at UAB Highlands
Inpatient Pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Emergency Medicine at UAB (tertiary) and Bibb Medical Center (community)
Sports Medicine and Orthopedics at UAB
… among others
We want to be effective in equipping and empowering our residents to be pioneers and leaders of Kingdom works after residency. This curriculum is comprised of:
- International Rotations
- Launch Rotations (dedicated time each year to plan and strategize toward post-residency goals)
- Working with each level of the health care team to gain broader perspective and understanding
- Guest-led didactic sessions from pioneers and leaders about relevant topics, e.g. starting a clinic
- “MGR” - a relaxed forum for overseas workers to talk about various aspects of their work