Goals and Objectives
The goal of our three year curriculum is to create well trained, well rounded, compassionate physicians who are adept at both the science and art of medicine. We expect that our physicians, upon graduation, will be capable of practicing in almost any environment and expertly handle the majority of medical issues that may confront them.
The strengths of our program lie in our emphasis on providing the full scope of outpatient family medicine care as well as offering excellent inpatient training, dermatology and procedural training. We strive to continually provide high-quality and high-volume training in these areas.
We also have maintained the tradition of being resident friendly, while graduating the most marketable and competitive physicians. Graduates of our Family Medicine residency program are prepared to provide care in a variety of health care settings—rural, urban, and academic—and maintain a broad scope of practice from perinatal care to geriatrics. Our faculty is composed of graduates from different residency programs, offering you exposure to diverse styles of practice and schooling. In-house attending physicians, available 24 hours a day for supervision, offer an additional advantage.
Per ACGME requirements, each resident must complete two scholarly activities during their three years of residency, at least one of which shall be a quality improvement project. Our residents’ scholarly activities vary and may include publications, poster presentations and/or lecture presentations at regional meetings. Furthermore, these scholarly activities provide residents the opportunity to pursue an area of their interest in more detail. Our faculty research director provides guidance and support to residents in order to make this a manageable and enjoyable process. Elective time may be used to pursue research projects/scholarly activities with the approval of the Program Director. Financial and statistical support is available on a regional level, and through the local level, our hospital will prepare a professional poster for the resident.
Rotations & Call
Rotations for PGY 1 are: Adult Inpatient Medicine, ER, Obstetrics, Surgery, ICU, ENT, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Pediatric ER, and Pediatric Inpatient medicine.
Rotations for PGY 2 are: Adult Inpatient Medicine, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Newborn Nursery, Ambulatory Pediatrics, Pediatric ER, Pediatric Urgent Care, Musculoskeletal (sports medicine, orthopedics, rheumatology and physical medicine), Gastroenterology, Geriatrics and Elective time (2 weeks).
Rotations for PGY3 are: Adult Inpatient Medicine, Outpatient Surgery, Dermatology, Ambulatory Pediatrics, Pediatric Urgent Care, Urology, Sports Medicine, Geriatrics, Surgical Walk In, ER, Physical Medicine and Pain Management, Pulmonology, Neurology, Nephrology and Elective time (12 weeks).
Call: First year residents do not participate in overnight call and only participate in one month of periodic night shifts during their inpatient CHLA rotation. Second year residents are on overnight call every fourth night for 2 months with the remainder of the year call-free. Third year residents have very limited overnight call with the bulk of “call” involving 6 to 10 pm hospital coverage every fourth night for 2 months.
The inpatient medicine team is composed of two teams: an intern team that is supervised by a third year resident and an attending physician; and a second year resident team that is supervised by an attending physician. Family medicine faculty members and hospitalists make up the attending staff.
The Family Medicine clinic residents are assigned their own panel of patients to allow patient-physician bonding and provide continuity of care. Each resident is provided with one-on-one medical assistant support to enhance the clinic experience. First year residents begin by seeing three patients per half day. By graduation, the residents see 9 patients per half day.
Our residents are given ample elective time during their training to pursue areas of interest. The second year residents are given two weeks of elective time. The third year residents are given twelve weeks of elective time, 4 weeks of which can be done out of state or out of the country.
Medical students from international and US medical schools regularly rotate through clerkships with our residency program including UCLA students performing their 3rd year family medicine clerkship and 4th year students performing sub-internships or rotating through our community medicine elective. Our residents are actively involved with the education of these medical students both in the clinic settings and on the inpatient service.
Integrated into our family practice clinic we have a weekly Resident Dermatology Clinic and biweekly Resident Procedure Clinic. There is extensive hands-on teaching in both clinics. The dermatology clinic is staffed by one of our excellent staff dermatologists and two resident physicians. The residents in this clinic will learn how to perform common dermatology procedures including shave and punch biopsies, electrodessication and curettage, liquid nitrogen treatment of skin lesions, etc. The procedure clinic provides services like IUD placement, EMB’s, removal of “lumps and bumps”, cortisone injections, and circumcisions, etc. The clinic is staffed by family practice faculty who directly observe and mentor the residents while they perform the procedures.
The Woodland Hills Family Medicine Residency Program is actively involved in multiple community service projects. Our residency program has a faculty member specifically dedicated to working with our residents to provide care to the medically underserved in our community. The residents rotate through the various sites on a longitudinal basis throughout their residency. Our community medicine sites include the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, Conejo Valley Free Clinic, MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) clinic, and Free Valley Teen Clinic at Monroe High School.
Additionally, the residents and faculty provide medical support for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Marathon and have ample opportunities to provide medical support at a variety of other community sporting and outdoor events. In fact, our residents heavily participated in the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles, including providing host town support to the athletes.
The Department of Family Medicine is involved in the nationally-renowned Reach Out and Read Program. Through this program, our pediatric patients and their families are provided with free books to promote reading in the home.
Our residency program was awarded with the 2009 David Lawrence Community Service award. Named in honor of Dr. David Lawrence, former CEO of Kaiser Permanente, this community service award recognizes individuals and groups that have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to improve the health of our communities.