First Year

residents in work room with thoma on computer

The first year is divided equally between family medicine and psychiatry, with residents switching from one specialty to the other every few months.

The first rotation is a one-month introduction to family medicine. This rotation allows residents to obtain or renew skills and connect with new colleagues. Residents practice casting in a workshop and pediatric intubation and IVs in the pediatric procedures lab. Residents also learn to use speech recognition software and the electronic medical record system. A high challenge ropes course is held at the end of the month with the goal of developing team-building skills, which are utilized throughout the training program.

After the one-month introduction, first year residents begin clinical rotations in chronic disease management, inpatient family medicine, outpatient pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, medicine-psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Because there is a good mix of rotations in this first year, residents might find themselves delivering a baby one week and prescribing psychiatric medication the next week. First year residents also start their continuity of care clinic in family medicine.

Residents participate in focus learning courses in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), advanced trauma life support (ATLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), and neonatal resuscitation during their first year.

First year residents take junior call for family medicine and psychiatry.

View a chart that breaks down the first year of training.

For a more in-depth look at each year of training, explore the following: