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Department of Family Medicine

Available Tracks

ACADEMIC MEDICINE TRACK

Target group: Residents who have an interest in pursuing a career in family medicine teaching and research.

Educational experiences in this track:

Academic Medicine Research PosterTeaching Skills Development in OSLEs: The Objective Structured Learning Exercise is held at the beginning of the 3rd year Family Medicine Rural Clerkship and introduces students through simulation to the skills they need to develop during their rotation. Academic track residents participate in the OSLEs by co-teaching stations with faculty members. The OSLE includes stations on medical interviewing, delivering bad news, physical examination skills, and handling the unstable patient so residents will learn a number of different teaching skills, all under the observation and with feedback from an experienced faculty member.

Longitudinal Elective in Faculty Development: Residents selecting this elective will participate in the monthly faculty development series for academic development fellows and junior faculty. This series includes didactic sessions on teaching skills, research skills, and professional development. Residents are also paired with a faculty mentor to assist with teaching the Fundamentals of Patient Care course for 1st year medical students, focusing on the development of teaching skills and giving feedback.

Fundamentals in Patient Care: Residents are paired with a faculty mentor to assist with teaching the Fundamentals of Patient Care course for 1st year medical students, focusing on the development of teaching skills and giving feedback.

BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE TRACK

Target group: Residents who have an interest in behavioral health and the application of behavioral science principles to primary care medicine. 

Potential educational experiences in this track:

Longitudinal Behavioral Health Education: Residents in this track will co-lead education session designed to enhance resident behavioral health skills (e.g., motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques). The resident will work with the faculty leading the lecture on developing and presenting behavioral health topics. Teaching methods will include article review and discussion, didactic talks, as well as the review of DVR recordings of illustrative patient encounters.

Longitudinal Patient Care Experience: Residents can pick one or several difficult patients for additional behavioral science supervision sessions. The focus of supervision will be to enhance knowledge and skill in the assessment and management of difficult patients from a psychological perspective.

Elective Rotations: In consultation with the track faculty supervisor, the resident can select elective rotations that build behavioral health knowledge and skills of interest. Possible elective rotations include: Adolescent medicine, Developmental pediatrics, Child psychiatry/psychology, Cognitive behavioral therapy intensive, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependency, Hospital chaplaincy/ethics consultation, Inpatient psychiatry, Pain Management, and Palliative care/Hospice

Editorial Experience: Residents choosing this track are welcome to participate as guest reviewers and in editorial meetings for the Medline referenced journal International Journal of Psychiatry and Medicine.

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program:  Residents in this track will be encouraged to choose a research topic in some area of behavioral health/behavioral science with relevance to primary care medicine.

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GERIATRICS TRACK

Target group: Residents who have an interest in geriatrics care. 

Potential educational experiences in this track:

Didactic Sessions: The resident will attend and co-lead Geriatrics and Palliative Care Morning Report and Noon Conferences and help to develop and present the resident skills seminars that take place at The Village at Summerville assisted living facility.

Longitudinal Geriatrics Experience: Residents selecting this track will be afforded time to spend at The Villages at Summerville (additional to skills sessions) and with the Palliative Care Service at Trident Medical Center.

Elective Rotations: In consultation with the track faculty supervisor, the resident can select elective rotations that involve subject areas in the field of geriatric medicine. Possible elective rotations include: geriatrics or palliative care research, The Village at Summerville/Coastal Center Longitudinal Care Elective, Geriatric Psychiatry, Palliative Medicine, Outpatient Geriatric Clinic, Movement Disorders Clinic, Memory Clinic, and Wound Care.

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program:  Residents in this track will be encouraged to choose a research topic pertaining to geriatric medicine for their Clinical Scholars Activity.

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GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK        

Target group: Residents who have an interest in the health of underserved populations both locally and abroad.

Potential educational experiences in this track:Global Health

Longitudinal Health Experience: Residents will be required to participate in an underserved clinic (i.e. One80 Place, CARES) throughout their second and third years. Residents will manage common chronic conditions seen in the underserved populations. The resident will learn how poverty impacts patients as well as the community as a whole. 

Mission Trips: Residents are encouraged to take part in an international mission trip. Residents will have the opportunity to work along with other physicians and philanthropists in serving international populations.

Elective Rotations: Residents in this track are encouraged to dedicate some elective time to rotations that would benefit a physician working with underserved populations. Examples include dermatology, infectious disease, emergency medicine, radiology, dental health, etc.

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program: Residents in this track would need to choose a research topic pertaining to Underserved/Global Health for their Clinical Scholars Activity.

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HOSPITALIST TRACK 

Target group: Residents who have an interest in pursuing a career as a family medicine hospitalist.

Educational experiences in this track:

Journal Club: Residents will attend the Trident Hospital Medicine Journal Club.

Didactic Sessions: The resident will attend and co-lead Inpatient Medicine Morning Reports.

Hospital Committees: Residents should become a member and attend Hospital Committees at Trident Medical Center.

Elective Rotations: Residents in this track will select a one block elective in hospitalist medicine and in the ICU. Residents will function independently as a Hospitalist at Trident Medical Center under the supervision of the track coordinator.

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program: Residents in this track should choose a hospitalist medicine quality improvement project for their Clinical Scholars Activity.

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SPORTS MEDICINE TRACK 

Target group: Residents who have an interest in primary care sports medicine.

Potential educational experiences in this track:

Longitudinal Sports Medicine Experience: The resident will be expected to participate in the primary care sports medicine coverage of the athletic department at local high schools and universities. Residents will be matched up with a local sports team at the beginning of their second year and will provide coverage for that team throughout their last two years of training.

Athletic Team Coverage: The resident will be expected to provide medical coverage for a selected athletic team of the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, or a local high school during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Medical coverage will include presence during selected practice sessions and scheduled competitions.

Athletic Event Coverage Experience: The resident will be expected to assist with coverage of the following athlete events: the Cooper River Bridge Run/Walk (usually the first Saturday of April), Charleston Battery, Kiawah Marathon, and the Charleston Marathon.

Preparticipation Physical Examinations: Residents will participate in the preparticipation physical examinations conducted annually. Residents will cover additional dates during fall and spring to gain knowledge and experience in PPPEs.

Elective Rotations: With assistance from the track faculty supervisor, the resident will select elective rotations that involve subject areas in the field of primary care sports medicine. Included in the possible elective rotations would be a focused experience working in the athletic department and student health services of the College of Charleston.

Sports Medicine Journal Club: Residents are encouraged to attend the Sports Medicine Journal club led by Dr. DeCastro consisting of multidisciplinary professionals. Journal Club holds discussions on current topics in sports medicine and is held after hours and on the weekends.

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program: Residents in this track would be encouraged to choose a research topic pertaining to Primary Care Sports Medicine for their Clinical Scholars Activity.

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WOMEN’S HEALTH TRACK 

Target group: Residents who have an interest in women’s health care.

Potential educational experiences in this track:

Longitudinal Women’s Health Experience: The resident will be expected to participate in a longitudinal care clinic at Trident Family Health and James Island Clinic. In addition to providing preventative women’s health services, they will be expected to care for common gynecologic and breast concerns. In addition, residents will be with a faculty member during her procedural and well woman clinics.

Skills in Women's Health: Residents are encouraged to discuss trainings on women’s health procedures with the track coordinator. Both ASCCP and AAFP have conferences every year focusing on women’s health topics where residents can be trained in procedures. 

Didactic Sessions: The resident will attend and co-lead Women’s Health noon conferences and skills sessions on women’s health procedures.

Elective Rotations: With assistance from the track faculty supervisor, the resident will select elective rotations that involve subject areas in the field of women’s health.

Research-Focused Clinical Scholars Program: Residents in this track would be encouraged to choose a research topic pertaining to Women’s Health for their Clinical Scholars Activity.

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