Curriculum

Scheduling and Mechanics

There are 12 family medicine faculty members and three part-time behavioral scientists at the family medicine center. The faculty and residents see over 50,000 patient visits per year at the family practice center. The faculty practice side-by-side with the residents in the center. Faculty time is divided on average of 60% clinical time and 40 % academic and administrative time.

The practice admits to two hospitals:

First year residents rotate for 12 months using block scheduling through the various services at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Additionally, first year residents spend one-half day per week seeing patients in the family practice center.

Second and third year residents are primarily based in the family practice center. The center has three teams of providers, each consisting of faculty, residents, mid-level providers and nursing staff. Second year residents are paired in a 1:1 partnership with a third year resident who share an office and a primary nurse. This partnership provides third year residents to serve as role models and mentors for their second year partner. In general, partners take call together, particularly during the first half of the second year.

Each resident has their own panel of patients for whom they serve as the primary physician. In addition to seeing patients in the office, residents also perform home visits and nursing home visits under the direction of our geriatrician.

To maintain maximum continuity in the office, electives rotations in the second and third year are arranged as two or three week (half day in length) experiences in the ambulatory care setting of consulting specialists.

During the second year, residents have 15 weeks of elective experiences:

  • Urology-one week (full day)
  • Newborn Nursery-two weeks
  • ENT-two weeks
  • Ophthalmology-two weeks
  • Pediatrics-three weeks
  • Free Elective-four weeks

Third year allows for 16 weeks of elective experiences:

  • Orthopeadics-four weeks
  • Surgery-two weeks
  • Free Elective-10 weeks