The Western Reserve Hospital Family Medicine Residency is a 3-year, real world, outpatient focused program, following the requirements as set forth by the ACOFP Basic Standards. The clinical rotations are inpatient and hospital focused in year 1, with continuity experience 1 day per week. During years 2 and 3, the rotations are mainly outpatient and office based with 2 days of continuity care per week. Incoming residents can also choose a Western Reserve Hospital Family Medicine specialty track in sports medicine, women's health, manipulative medicine, or geriatrics, where a 1/2 day continuity care session is substituted for a longitudinal experience in the desired field. Call coverage is done from home on a weekly schedule, averaging to be one week on call every 2 months.
Educational activities and planning are dynamic, high-quality, resident-driven activities to meet the ever-changing needs of the program. There is a 24 month curriculum designed to encompass all disciplines and provide didactics from a variety of sources. Residents have protected time 1/2 day weekly for topic discussions, board review, OMM skills sessions, and journal club. View our curriculum section for expanded information of each of the items discussed above.
Below is the rotation schedule currently followed for our residents at each level of training Residents participate in their continuity of care sessions throughout the year during these rotations.
During this year there is a 1d day per week continuity clinic experience. Because of duty hour restrictions and scheduling there is no continuity care during the night rotations.
During this year there is a 2 day per week continuity care clinic experience.
Continuity of Care Sessions are the cornerstone of any Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency. Our residents perform their ambulatory training at Stow Urgent and Primary Care Center. Each resident spends 1/2 day (during OGME-1), or 1 day (during OGME-2 and 3) at each location every week.
Our Stow Urgent and Primary Care Center is located at 3913 Darrow Road, Suite 100 in Stow, cares for our urban and community-based patients. Recently renovated, the Primary Care Center offers all diagnostic and therapeutic modalities required by the ACOFP including colposcopy, spirometry, and dermatologic procedures. Residents manage their own patient panel while learning the fundamentals of practice including clinical documentation and coding.
For all Western Reserve Hospital House Staff and medical students, there are weekly didactics including noon lectures and morning reports. In addition, there are monthly morbidity and mortality conferences, a tumor board case review, Grand Rounds, and twice monthly OMM skills sessions. Any trainee at Western Reserve Hospital or within the local service area is required to attend. There is protected time each week for Family Medicine specific educational components. There are 2 hours per week for topic and board review. There is also a monthly journal club, covering critical reviews of current literature, along with lecture by a specialty physician relevant to the lecture topic.
There are monthly Resident Program and Advisory Committee (RPAC) educational meetings, which cover Practice Management skills, joint aspiration/injection, Evidence-Based Medicine, Objective Structured Clinical Exam testing, and a 2 day colposcopy course taught by a national leader in women's health. These sessions are collaborated by the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the 11 CORE Family Medicine Residency programs from across the state of Ohio.
In addition, there are 1-2 evening lecture presentations per month offered to supplement new topics and clinical patient care questions.
Family Medicine Didactics Schedule 2015-2016
The following specialty tracks are options within the Western Reserve Hospital Family Medicine Program for those residents with a strong area of interest. Decisions are made based on resident qualifications, specialist availability, and program director discretion.
The sports medicine specialty curricular track is designed for those residents with a strong interest in musculoskeletal medicine or who desire a fellowship in Sports Medicine following graduation. During OGME-2 and 3 years, residents choosing this track will substitute one 1/2 day session of Continuity of Care a week, with a 1/2 day in an outpatient sports medicine office. There are additional opportunities and requirements for serving as physician for local high school teams, the Akron marathon, LeBron James bike-a-thon, and participation in educational offerings from the sports medicine director.
The Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine specialty curricular track is designed for those residents who have a strong interest in the use of OMM in patient care and have developed solid fundamentals in their knowledge and application of OMM. During OGME-2 and 3 years, residents choosing this track will substitute one 1/2 day session of Continuity of Care a week, with a 1/2 day reserved for OMM visits. These visits can be tailored to each individual patient's needs. In addition, this resident will be asked to help teach the WRH OMM lecture series twice monthly. A small stipend may be offered for this experience.
The OB/GYN specialty curricular track has been developed for family medicine residents who plan to incorporate obstetrics in their future employment. Residents choosing this track will substitute one 1/2 day of Continuity of Care a week, with a 1/2 day in an outpatient OB/GYN office. There will be additional expectations for the peri-natal care of women from a primary care perspective, hospital deliveries, along with supplemental instruction in labor and delivery.
The Geriatric specialty curricular track has been developed for family medicine residents who plan to practice in the field of geriatrics, or pursue a geriatrics fellowship. During OGME-2 and 3 years, residents choosing this track will substitute one 1/2 day session of Continuity of Care a week, with a 1/2 day of geriatric instruction. Additional duties may include assisted living, skilled nursing unit, or extended care facility visits. The may also be assigned readings and geriatric committee appointments.
Clay Seiple, DO Program Director
Joshua Harbert, DOPGY-III
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Matthew Mivsek, DOPGY-II
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kyle Farley, DOPGY-II
Pikesville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
Ben Cook, DOPGY-II
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Michael "Chip" Halko, DOPGY-I
Mallory Ucchino, DOPGY-I