Electives

Electives

Electives provide open time for residents to pursue individual areas of interest or perceived areas of weakness. The most common elective involves work with a preceptor in a given field. Other formats such as independent study or a research project require prior approval from the residency director and chief resident. During these blocks, residents spend about 20 hours per week fulfilling board requirements or elective training; they spend four half-days a week at the resident's family medicine office. During PGY-2 and PGY-3 year ambulatory blocks, practice call (calls taken from home) averages slightly more than once a week. Residents are scheduled for “sick call” to assure back up on inpatient services when a colleague is too ill to work.

One block of "off-site electives," with pay, are an option during PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Residents often choose to work in a medically underserved environment during this time, in either a rural or urban setting. Many residents also choose to work in developing countries. Examples of recent electives our residents have completed include:

  • Palliative care
  • Infectious disease
  • Consult liaison to inpatient psychiatry
  • Plastic surgery
  • Spine center
  • Oral health