During Phase 2, you finally get the feeling you are really becoming a physician. Clinical care and patient relationships take front and center. These 12 months will be physically, emotionally, and professionally challenging. Feeling unsure and just a bit overwhelmed? Reach out and touch base with one of our residents through our mentorship program.
The practice of Family Medicine is broad and its content spans most of the other clinical specialties. Study hard, maximize your skill development, and strive to do well in each specialty area. Family Medicine is hosted in the Chronic and Preventive Care block (CPC). To enhance your experience, contact the CPC Family Medicine course coordinator in advance to request placement in a residency clinic, in your mentor’s clinic, or with one of our faculty members whose practice appeals to your interest (obstetrics, geriatrics, integrative medicine, etc.) Our statewide campus offers excellent preceptors in Family Medicine and it can be enlightening to train in more rural settings.
Set aside time to prepare for both Step 1 and Step 2 NBMEs. Family Medicine residencies seek applicants with passion for and experience in our specialty, with less emphasis on top board scores. Nonetheless, the application process is increasingly competitive and a solid academic record helps to assure top choice residencies.
Phase 2 is not too early to get a preview of the actual application process. “Meet the Match” and “Match Tips” are presentations that help you navigate the complexities of residency application.