Residency Program Curriculum
Curriculum - General
Our curriculum meets all national accreditation standards and addresses our residents' particular needs. Each resident's learning is approached systematically to ensure that the resident is completely prepared for practice. Through specialized electives, a resident can develop strengths and expand on their areas of clinical interest. Residents may tailor their curriculum to include specific areas of concentration such as obstetrics, sports medicine, geriatrics, and urgent care.
In addition, our curriculum emphasizes all the basic areas of family medicine including outpatient procedures. Residents interested in a strong obstetrical experience can obtain sufficient exposure and education to be confident practicing this discipline upon graduation.
Curriculum - Osteopathic
The primary goal of the Osteopathic Residency Program is to foster understanding, application, and integration of the osteopathic philosophy and manipulative medicine into all aspects of patient care (inpatient, continuity office, clinic, and long-term care). The osteopathic residency curriculum differs slightly from the allopathic requirements, but for the most part the core rotations remain the same. Below are the experiences that we provide to our osteopathic residents to enhance their training:
OMM lecture series & hands-on practice sessions
Monthly noonday conferences delivered by senior osteopathic residents and osteopathic practice sessions.
First year osteopathic residents participate in one to two OMM clinics per month. Each clinic is supervised by a board certified osteopathic faculty member.
Second and third year osteopathic residents participate in one OMM clinic per month.
Integrated OMM Appointments
Second- and third-year osteopathic residents have designated OMM appointment slots integrated into their family medicine office schedule. The number of OMM integrated appointments each week typically ranges from zero to three depending on which rotation the resident is currently on.
Inpatient OMM Rounds
Inpatient OMM rounds occur twice monthly. Osteopathic residents perform OMM on newborn, pediatric, obstetric, and adult patients in a variety of hospital settings. In addition to OMM rounds, residents are encouraged to integrate OMM into the plan of care for hospitalized patients when applicable.
At the beginning of the first academic year, Osteopathic residents are required to participate in a series of OMM workshops. These workshops review common osteopathic techniques and approaches to the axial skeleton. The workshops include both didactic sessions and hands-on lab sessions.
Areas of Concentration
It is important that a program adapt to the particular needs of each resident. We are capable of arranging specialized electives, developing tutorials and changing curriculum to respond to an individual's needs. We have a two-track system in obstetrics. The first track provides basic prenatal education. A second track is available for residents who want more experience, especially for those planning to perform obstetrics upon graduation.
Residents, with the approval of the faculty and compliant with regulatory guidelines, can design new electives such as palliative care, osteopathy for allopaths and international experiences.
Residents have participated in global medicine electives in both Honduras and India. This unique experience is arranged and supervised by the Williamsport Family Medicine Residency faculty.