Primary Care Residency
Primary Care Residency Program
The University of Kentucky offers a unique program to provide residency training in Primary Care Internal Medicine. As the demand for primary care general internists increases, there is increased recognition of the need for high quality generalist training. The Primary Care Residency Program at the University of Kentucky strives to provide a well-developed, structured curriculum to prepare our primary care residents for practicing the specialty of generalist internal medicine in both urban and rural inpatient and outpatient settings. Those choosing this track are not obligated to do Primary Care post residency.
Our Primary Care program offers training experiences uniquely required to practice general internal medicine, including:
Our graduates are well-trained in common ambulatory problems they will encounter in their future practice as general internists in addition to the traditional core training in internal medicine provided by the hospital-based rotations. In addition to resident noon conferences with traditional core medicine topics, the primary care residents participate in a two-year curriculum reviewing ambulatory primary care topics, including:
The Primary Care Residency Program and traditional Categorical program are fully integrated and as such many rotations are common to both. These include UK Wards, VA Wards, Good Samaritan, MICU, CCU, Neurology, Morehead offsite for interns, and Consults.
Rotations unique to the Primary Care tract include:
The Primary Care Track offers a variety of Internal Medicine subspecialty clinics and non-Internal Medicine clinics. Examples of non-Internal Medicine clinics include; Sports Medicine, ENT, Urology, Rehab Medicine, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, Geriatrics, and Podiatry.
One evening each week during the rotation each resident is assigned to work at the Salvation Army Clinic which is a free clinic run by medical students, but staffed by UK faculty.
First Year - Ambulatory Care
(AC) month is a complete emersion into the continuity clinic experience.
While on AC you will have 8 continuity clinics per week. Two half
days are allotted for program tasks (PBLI, Hopkins Modules, etc.)
Off Site Rotations
In the 2nd and 3rd years each Primary Care resident does a one month offsite, outpatient rotation in a rural town with in a one hour drive from Lexington. Often, the preceptors at these rotations are former graduates of our UK residency program which helps ensure the quality of the teaching. This allows our resident to see the business side of a private practice and the challenges/limitations of being in a rural setting. One site, Cynthiana, is a Medicine-Pediatrics practice which allows our residents to see adolescents.
Within the primary care tract is a more specific curriculum regarding Women's Health. This gives the resident more gender specific experience from faculty whose passion is Women’s Health. After your initial intern year in primary care, you may choose to have one of your two continuity clinics in the Center for the Advancement of Women’s Health in each of the next two years. Your ambulatory care rotation can be customized to allow you to experience gynecologic office procedures under the guidance of experienced physicians. Pre-clinic conferences are also specifically designed with the care of women in mind. Additionally, there is an elective in Women’s Health for the third year to further your knowledge.
For more questions concerning the Primary Care Residency Program, please contact:
Jacqueline S. Gibson, MD, FACP
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