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Specialized Tracks

Colon Health Track

track-colon.jpgThe Colon Health Track was developed to assist residents that may desire to provide screening endoscopy services to their future patient populations. Many rural and underserved populations have decreased screening rates for colon cancer and a primary care physician performing this screening increases both convenience and compliance. This track involves a formal curriculum for screening and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders beyond those required for the core residency competencies. It also provides a longitudinal opportunity to perform colonoscopies under the direction of other primary care physicians during your second and third year of residency. The objective is to complete >100 colonoscopies and be deemed ready to perform a screening colonoscopy with standard biopsy techniques independently by graduation.

Women's Health Track

track-women.jpgThe Women's Health Track allows for an increased concentration in both obstetrics and gynecology. The residency has ten Family Medicine faculty practicing obstetrics, five of which are privileged in operative obstetrics. The breadth of experience and training offers ample opportunity to an increased focus in this area for interested residents. During the 2nd and 3rd year of residency, participants are assigned to an outside obstetric clinic as one of their continuity clinics; this is an FQHC just south of downtown in which our faculty have an outreach obstetric clinic. This process allows for increased outpatient management of Women's Health in obstetrics and gynecologic procedures in addition to the increased inpatient focus. This track also includes increased concentration in ultrasound services, support to attend formal ultrasound courses and additional electives in Women's Health. Call systems are developed with participants for cesarean deliveries, tubal ligations and D&Cs with the Family Medicine faculty.  Those on track, are encouraged to participate in monthly journal club. 

Global Health Track

track-global.jpgIt is our goal to engage highly motivated residents in better understanding the health disparities that exist throughout the world. We hope to foster valuable mentor relationships between faculty and residents that inspire long-term commitment to global health issues. The Global Health Residency Track is offered in collaboration within multiple departments of the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Participating residents will have opportunities to engage in both local and overseas electives that foster hands-on learning in global health. In addition, we look forward to collaboration among residents through journal clubs, case-based discussions, and field experiences.

Program Components:

  • International Field Experience: Residents will complete a two month field experience at an approved partnership site. Participants in the Global Health Residency Track will be given special preference for scheduling their international experience. Residents accepted into the track should expect to use their 2 away electives for this experience.
           - Developmental Pediatrics Elective, China
           - ENLACE Global Health Elective, El Salvador
  • Interdisciplinary Global Health Curriculum: Residents with participate in one noon session and one evening session per month. These educational sessions include guest speakers, journal clubs, and resident presentations. Periodic global health sessions will also be offered in didactics. The sessions are meant to foster community among residents and spark discussion about important issues in global health. Faculty Mentor: Each participating resident will be paired with a faculty mentor from their parent department. Each faculty mentor has substantial global health experience and will be a resource for the resident in his or her professional development, including the planning and execution of their scholarly project.
  • Local Opportunities: Indianapolis abounds with "local global health" experiences for residents. Available options include everything from an elective month focused on a special interest topic or project to single experiences. Partnerships around the city are still being actively sought and created.
  • Certification in Global Health: Residents obtain certificate of additional competency in global health upon completion of requirements.

Sports Medicine Track

track-spme.jpgResidents who are interested in pursuing sports medicine fellowship or those with a significant interest in sports medicine activities are encouraged to consider taking part in the sports medicine track. In addition to the family medicine residency requirements, there will be special education opportunities offered to those residents over the course of their three year residency. Residents who complete this track will be competitive for sports medicine fellowship positions throughout the nation.

First Year:

  • Completion of their first sports medicine rotation with an emphasis on joint examination skills and the differential diagnosis for various bone and joint disorders. The rotation will include experiences in physical therapy, casting, and collegiate training room visits.
  • Opportunity to work alongside a senior resident or sports medicine fellow at high school football games.
  • Opportunity to cover Masters Level Swimming Events and boxing events alongside a teaching physician.
  • Residents should begin to collaborate with teaching attendings on scholarly projects including publication of case reports and review articles, book chapters and reviews, and their residency research project.
  • Involvement in medical student teaching activities including the GLIC intersession and ICM joint examination workshops.
  • Opportunity to participate in paid high school pre-participation physical events throughout the month of May.
  • Residency support will be provided to attend the AMSSM annual meeting.

Second Year:

  • Opportunity to work as the head team physician at a local high school.
  • Opportunity to cover IUPUI Women's softball team in the spring.
  • Opportunity to cover Masters Level Swimming Events and boxing events alongside a teaching physician.
  • Involvement in medical student teaching activities including the GLIC intersession and ICM joint examination workshops.
  • Continued work on scholarly projects and research activities.
  • Opportunity to participate in paid high school pre-participation physical events throughout the month of May.
  • Scheduling support to allow away rotations in sports medicine in the spring in order to gain experience and familiarize themselves with a wide variety of fellowship programs.
  • Residency support will be provided to attend the AMSSM annual meeting.
  • Residents start the fellowship application process by preparing their CV, requesting letters of recommendation, and finalizing their list of desired fellowship programs.

Third Year:

  • Residents begin official fellowship application process in late Summer, and interview with fellowships in the Fall.
  • Continued role as the head physician at a local high school.
  • Opportunity to cover IUPUI Women's volleyball in the fall.
  • An additional sports medicine focused orthopedic rotation with the opportunity to work with musculoskeletal radiology.
  • Scheduling support to allow away rotations in sports medicine if not already taken in the preceding spring.
  • Residency support will be provided to attend one of the ACSM Team Physician courses.
  • Opportunity to cover Masters Level Swimming Events and boxing events alongside a teaching physician.
  • Involvement in medical student teaching activities including the GLIC intersession and ICM joint examination workshops.
  • Continued work on scholarly projects and research activities.
  • Opportunity to present lectures for the medical student clerkship monthly.
  • Leadership role in organizing the high school pre-participation physical events throughout the months of May and June.
  • Residency support will be provided to attend the AMSSM annual meeting.

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