What Our Resident Graduates Learn - A Perspective
Family medicine is a 2 x 2 month or 1 x 4 month rotation per year for a total of 8 months. It offers a lot of variety and flexibility to best suit your learning goals in preparation for your future practice. Practices range in size from 2 to 18 physicians. Being community GPs, most of these physicians have an additional area of interest in addition to family medicine - obstetrics, emergency medicine, sports rehab, global health, and much more. Before beginning your residency, you will be involved in choosing your preceptor and the practice that you will call home for the next two years.
During your family medicine rotation, you will have an academic half day every Wednesday morning. This includes three hours of teaching on family medicine topics in addition to the problem based small group learning sessions in the afternoon that runs throughout the year. Most important of all, the academic day is a day to hang out with other residents in the program and catch up on the highs and lows of your week.
Horizontal electives are available during these blocks. This involves half day a week in a different or related specialty. There are many specialists in Brampton who are eager to teach residents. Setting up these horizontal electives are a self-directed task, but there are many people who you can consult with in the program to guide your choices.
I work with a wonderful preceptor at Queen Square Doctors, a large clinic of 18 physicians. My preceptor is the GP at the local jail and runs a methadone clinic there. He also runs a hyperhydrosis clinic and works in a retirement home, in addition to running his own practice. On average, I spend three days a week with my preceptor, one day with other preceptors at my clinic, and one day in teaching. I also did horizontal electives in anesthesia and internal medicine, both of which have been valuable learning experiences.
Here is a sample week in a Family Medicine Rotation: