Curriculum

The Rockford Family Medicine Residency Program was founded in 1972 by one of the early pioneers of our discipline, Dr. L.P. Johnson, and has continued to keep pace with the ever-changing field of family medicine. As the sole University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford residency program, we offer an unparalleled experience with the patient care resources of one of the largest cities in Illinois

First-Year Residency (R1)

  • Inpatient consults for wide spectrum of cardiac cases
  • Focus on cardiac history and physicals, presenting symptoms, risk factor assessment and acute cardiac emergencies
  • Experience with stress testing and EKG interpretation
  • Application of ATLS and ACLS principles
  • Evaluate and treat emergency patients including trauma and severe illness
  • Hands-on wound suturing experience
  • Review daily hospital imaging studies with a radiologist
  • Experience in the evaluation and management of common endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes
  • Endocrinologist awarded “resident community attending year” several years in a row
  • Responsible for inpatient care of UI Health L.P. Johnson Family Health Center patients including pediatric, nursing home, county jail as well as community physician patients
  • Gain experience caring for routine as well as critically ill patients in the hospital under supervision
  • Attend newborn deliveries for the resident patients
  • Daily teaching rounds with senior resident and attending physicians
  • Multi-disciplinary rounds with staff nursing and discharge planners/case workers
  • Opportunity to teach university medical students
  • Participation in a multi-disciplinary geriatric assessment team evaluating complex health problems in elderly patients

  • Subacute hospital/short-stay unit for patients in transition from acute care hospital to home or nursing home care

  • Participate in management of palliative care and hospice patients with Family Medicine trained palliative care specialist and UI residency fellow

  • Work with neonatologists in Level III nursery
  • Experience in resuscitation of neonates with NRP certification in first year
  • Opportunity to follow lactation consultants, and pediatric nutritionist
  • Opportunity to gain pediatric experience in the ER
  • Hospitalist pediatricians as attending physicians for the inpatient floor including admitting inpatient psychiatric pediatric patients
  • Weekly multi-disciplinary inpatient rounds with pediatric dedicated pharmacologist, nursing and nutritionist
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (Family Medicine course “ALSO”) certified in first year
  • Interaction with very “FP- friendly” maternal-fetal medicine specialists on L&D
  • Participation on very busy OB floor with C-sections, OB triage, postpartum care, and emergency OB mock multi-disciplinary drills
  • Learn OB procedures including but not limited to: fetal heart tracing interpretation, labor management, placement of internal fetal monitors and cervical ripening balloon, triage in OB ED, option to assist on C-sections and circumcisions.
  • Deliveries up to 25-35 obstetric patients over two months supervised by family physicians and obstetricians
  • Opportunity to teach university medical students
  • Opportunities to learn joint injections, splinting, as well as fracture management with largest orthopedic group in city
  • Diverse spectrum of experience with hand surgeons, spine specialists, etc.
  • Option for longitudinal experience as sports team physician with local Rockford sports teams, e.g., ice hockey, etc.
  • Diverse exposure to the health problems of patients with acute and chronic kidney disease (including dialysis patients) admitted to the hospital
  • Attendings were previously repeat winners in the resident’s annual community attending teaching award
  • One-on-one service with a teaching surgeon
  • Emphasis on pre-op and post-op diagnosis and care in surgeon’s office
  • Acquisition of technical skills—suturing, emergency surgical stabilization techniques and management of fluids, etc.
  • Opportunity for intubation exposure as well as outpatient procedures in outpatient clinic
  • Inpatient and outpatient wound care visits
  • Two half-days per week in the office as R1 resident
  • Supervised management of own panel of pediatric, OB, geriatric and medicine patients
  • Continuity of care for own OB patients
  • Outpatient procedure training including joint injections, gyn and skin procedures,
  • High-risk obstetrics family practice clinic with OB attending complements routine OB visits as well as routine review of ultrasounds by OB
  • Anticoagulation clinics for Family Health Center patients supervised and taught by expert pharmacologist

Second-Year Residency (R2)

  • Valuable experience in the office management of pediatric problems

  • Curricular focus on adolescent health and pediatric behavior disorders including eating, depression and ADHD

  • Work with psychiatrist on a busy outpatient service

  • A variety of experiences are available, including rural practice opportunity, home health care, substance abuse clinic, paramedic professionals, and the local county health department.

  • Exposure to medical care in community homeless shelter and county jail setting

  • Opportunity to give community education lectures

  • Added supervisory role as R2 residents to enhance self learning and teaching skills

  • Responsible for inpatient care of UI Health L.P. Johnson Family Health Center patients including pediatric, nursing home, county jail as well as community physician patients

  • Gain experience caring for routine as well as critically ill patients in the hospital under supervision

  • Attend newborn deliveries for the resident patients

  • Daily teaching rounds with senior resident and attending physicians

  • Multi-disciplinary rounds with staff nursing and discharge planners/case workers

  • Opportunity to teach university medical students

  • Opportunity to cater to special interests, e.g., clinics with anesthesiology, wound care, headache, neurology, pain management, pulmonary, urgent care, OMT (osteopathic manipulative therapy), woman’s health, integrative medicine or physical therapy

  • Assessment and management of inpatient GI problems

  • Consultation service from largest GI group in city

  • Management of a broad range of critical care problems for family medicine exposure

  • Mechanical ventilator management

  • Procedural skills potentially including intubation, thoracentesis and placement of central and arterial lines

  • Option to follow in sleep disorders clinic

  • Full management of critically ill patients acting as consultant with specialist support

  • Sharpen skills of diagnosis of infectious disease including use of microbiology laboratory

  • Weekly ID resident/student presentations and one-on-one discussions with highly rated ID faculty (previous winner of multiple teaching awards from residents)

  • Interaction with very “FP- friendly” maternal-fetal medicine specialists on L&D

  • Participation on very busy OB floor with C-sections, OB triage, postpartum care, and  emergency OB mock multi disciplinary drills

  • Learn OB procedures including but not limited to: fetal heart tracing interpretation, labor management, placement of internal fetal monitors and cervical ripening balloon, triage in OB ED, option to assist on C-sections and circumcisions.

  • Deliveries up to 25-35 obstetric patients over two months supervised by family physicians and obstetricians

  • Opportunity to teach university medical students

  • NICU level III experience in tertiary care center

  • Pediatric ER experience with academic ER pediatricians and neonatologists

  • Work with UI Health L.P. Johnson Family Health Center clinic manager and Operations Committee to develop a practice plan and participate in quality improvement for the family practice clinic

  • Opportunity to focus experience in areas of resident interest

  • Learn coding, career development, attend clinic administrative meetings

  • End of year transition rotation for R1 and R2 to gain experience and skills in a teaching supervisory role

  • More independent learning while managing Family Health Center inpatients in the hospital

  • 3 half-days per week in the office as R2 resident

  • Supervised management of own panel of pediatric, OB, geriatric and medicine patients

  • Continuity of care for own OB patients

  • Outpatient procedure training including joint injections, gyn and skin procedures,

  • High-risk obstetrics family practice clinic with OB attending complements routine OB visits as well as in house review of ultrasounds by OB

  • Anticoagulation clinics for Family Health Center patients supervised and taught by expert pharmacologist

Third-Year Residency (R3)

  • Opportunity to learn colposcopy and other gynecologic procedures

  • Outpatient gynecology cases with community faculty physicians

  • Curricular focus on immunizations, well child care and acute care with community pediatricians
  • Inpatient substance abuse treatment

  • Inpatient psychiatric services

  • Outpatient dermatology with experience with dermatological procedures including plastic surgery, biopsy procedures, etc.

  • Opportunity to cater to special interests, ie.; anesthesiology, radiology, wound care, headache, neurology, pain management, pulmonary, urgent care, osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT), woman’s health, integrative medicine or physical therapy

  • Global medicine electives available (certain limitations apply)

  • Application of ATLS and ACLS principles

  • Evaluate and treat emergency patients including trauma and severe illness

  • Hands-on wound suturing experience

  • Opportunity for ER specific procedures

  • Office experience with busy ENT and ophthalmology specialists

  • Exposure to specialist approaches to common primary care complaints

  • Exposure to  specialist procedures including slit lamp use, visual field testing, optical coherence testing, etc.

  • Review ophthalmology care of diabetes, glaucoma patients, etc.

  • Outpatient and inpatient orthopedics

  • Experience in management of acute musculoskeletal injuries and fractures via dedicated orthopedic urgent care clinic

  • Review orthopedic imaging, injections, as well as other procedures

  • Sports medicine trained family medicine attending:  winner of 2019 community attending of the year award

  • Supervisory role for inpatient care of UI Health L.P. Johnson Family Health Center patients including pediatric, nursing home, county jail as well as community physician patients

  • Attend newborn deliveries for the resident patients in supervisory role

  • Daily teaching rounds with interns and attending physicians in supervisory role

  • Multi-disciplinary rounds with staff nursing and discharge planners/case workers

  • Opportunity to teach university medical students

  • Supervisory role in didactics if done by residents

  • Outpatient and opportunity for inpatient surgery exposure

  • Common outpatient topics for primary care

  • Exposure to prostate biopsies, cystoscopy, etc.

  • 4 half-days per week in the office as R3 resident

  • Supervised management of own panel of pediatric, OB, geriatric and medicine patients

  • Continuity of care for own OB patients

  • Outpatient procedure training including joint injections, gyn and skin procedures,

  • High-risk obstetrics family practice clinic with OB attending complements routine OB visits as well as in house review of ultrasounds by OB

  • Anticoagulation clinics for Family Health Center patients supervised and taught by expert pharmacologist

STRETCH-OB Program

STRETCH-OB residents will complete a minimum of 50 C-sections as first assistant and 20 C-sections as primary surgeon. Residents will participate in a rural surgical obstetrics rotation for one month in each of their PGY2 and PGY3 years. These rotations can be selected from our rural partner sites, Gibson Area Hospital (Gibson City, IL), Katherine Bethea Shaw Hospital (Dixon, IL), or Freeport Health Network (Freeport, IL).

Existing OB Curriculum plus:

  • Performing C-sections as assistant and primary surgeon
  • D&C, uterine sharp curettage
  • Operative vaginal deliveries
  • Repair of all obstetric lacerations
  • Postoperative OB care
  • Sterilization at the time of C-section
  • External cephalic version
  • Delivery of multiple gestation deliveries
  • Vaginal breech delivery
  • Inpatient antepartum care
  • Management of common complications of pregnancy
  • Management of obstetrical emergencies

Existing OB Curriculum plus: With a complement of six family medicine residents in the STRETCH-OB program, an effort is made to provide full coverage on L&D Monday-Friday from 0700-2300, while protecting time for clinic and maintaining our full and rigorous commitment to the general family medicine training.

Existing OB Curriculum plus:

  • 1-month MFM in R1
  • 2 – one month Rural rotations (one in R2 and one in R3)

Existing curriculum plus: Didactics will include a full spectrum of topics in enhanced OB including preconception counseling, routine and “at risk” prenatal care, surgical obstetrics, postpartum and postoperative care, complications of pregnancy, contraception and sterilization procedures.”

Existing OB curriculum plus:

  • Assist with instruction in R3

Existing OB curriculum plus:

  • 3 additional –OSCEs; one in R2 and two in R3

Existing OB curriculum plus:

  • Introduction to Telehealth in R1
  • ALSO instructor training

Existing OB curriculum plus:

  • Participate in colposcopy and suture workshop in R2
  • Assist with instruction of colposcopy and suture workshops in R3

Existing OB curriculum plus:

  • Limited OB ultrasound
  • Antenatal testing
  • Manage At Risk OB Clinic
  • Telehealth prenatal care

Existing OB curriculum plus:

  • CME- OB topics in R1-R3 years
  • Online modules for PPH and HTN

Existing OB curriculum into the R3

  • Present cases at M&M