Graduate Medical Education in Primary Care

Benedict Internal Medicine Residents Practice

Richard Palken, MD

The Benedict Primary Care Clinic is the largest ambulatory clinic supporting outpatient residency training. 14 Faculty preceptors guide 27 residents in the practice ambulatory medicine. Residents are paired with individual faculty members (primary preceptors) for their 3 years of training. Residents have their own sub panel of patients that are under the care of their academic faculty primary preceptor. This permits continuity of care for the residents, faculty and patients. During resident clinic sessions, precepting faculty are not permitted to have other direct clinical responsibility beyond that of teaching residents and caring for the residents' patients.

Core Curriculum

Trudy Manchester, MD

In addition to direct clinical teaching, small group sessions of core curriculum in ambulatory care take place during ambulatory block. Faculty develop case based learning sessions for residency training in specific areas that focus of common problems seen in ambulatory medicine.

Ambulatory Block (New in 2010!)

Elizabeth Murphy, MD and Geriatrics Co-Director yet to be named

All Categorical PGY1 and PGY2 residents participate in this required 4 week rotation focused on ambulatory medicine, geriatrics, quality improvement, and associated curriculum. Central to this block is residents’ increased time at their assigned continuity site where they are able to develop their patient panels and enhance their outpatient clinical skills. Residents also participate in various geriatrics experiences including home and skilled nursing facility visits, as well as community and academic specialty clinic exposure in gynecology, urogynecology, urology, breast clinic, ophthalmology, and college health. Twice weekly didactic sessions incorporate Primary Care Core Curriculum, Ambulatory Morning Report, EBM journal review, sessions on Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care, and Quality Improvement topics and exercises. Residents are also given independent time to complete MKSAP questions and online modules related to these areas of medicine.

Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Rotation

Elizabeth Murphy, MD

This 4 week elective, coordinated with the UMass Memorial Departments of Orthopedics, is offered to PGY1, PGY2, and PGY3 residents. Each participant is exposed to "hands on" evaluation and treatment of patients in the Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center, Sports Medicine Center, Spine Center, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hand and Upper Extremity Center, and Foot and Ankle Center. If desired, OR experience can be arranged.

Primary Care Elective

Elizabeth Murphy, MD

This 4 week personally-customized elective is offered to PGY2 and PGY3 residents who are interested in pursing a career in primary care. Residents spend clinic time with multiple experienced primary care internists in academic, community, and private practice settings, allowing the resident to consider in what type of setting he/she might like to practice in the future.