The Aspirus Wausau Family Medicine Center (FMC) serves as a resident’s educational home. Learning experiences are incorporated into clinical experiences using one-on-one teaching environments that take place in multiple settings utilizing different technologies. Residents have opportunities to learn team work with multiple healthcare professionals.
Residents are a valuable part of the maintenance and development of the curriculum. They are active members of the learning process through participation in curriculum development meetings. The curriculum evolves to meet ACGME requirements and the needs of the residents in the changing environment of medicine today. Each resident is encouraged to be an independent learner with an ability to direct his/her educational needs and goals through curriculum that allows residents to individualize portions of their own experience.
Wausau’s program year is divided up into 13 four-week blocks. Highlights include:
- Didactic Conferences
- Emergency Medicine
- Flexible Electives
- Human Behavior & Mental Health
- Management of Health Systems
- Maternity Care & Women’s Health
- Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
- Scholarly Activity
- Teaching Service
Each Tuesday afternoon is dedicated to conference time for residents. This includes local subspecialty speakers, journal club, case presentations, and board preparation.
During the first and third years, residents rotate at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Emergency Room and regional Level II Trauma Center. The highly trained Emergency Room physicians and staff are enthusiastic teachers who are available to residents 24 hours a day.
Once a month, board certified Emergency Physicians and the Trauma Surgeon present cases at a resident favorite – the didactic Emergency/Trauma Conference at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
The program offers 21 weeks of elective time. Residents may choose from electives already developed or design electives to meet their interests. Common electives include Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Hospitalist medicine, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Radiology, and Rheumatology.
Human Behavior & Mental Health
Second year residents have one block dedicated to Human Behavior and Mental Health. The block is divided between psychiatrists at the local mental health facility and an outpatient mental health practice focused on pediatrics. Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse is also included as available.
Management of Health Systems
The Management curriculum prepares residents to assume leadership roles in their practices, their communities, and in the profession of medicine. The FMC is considered the primary site for teaching management and leadership skills, and serves as an example on which residents may model their future practices.
The curriculum includes current billing practices, assessing practice staffing needs, managing patient flow, measurement of clinic quality, risk management, etc.
Maternity Care & Women’s Health
Wausau’s Maternity Care and Women’s Health curriculum includes three blocks at Aspirus in combined Obstetrics/Gynecology rotations. More than 20% of Aspirus Wausau Hospital’s births are performed by Family Medicine physicians. Residents gain exposure to normal and complicated births. Faculty physicians practice and teach obstetrics.
First year residents attend Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics training/certification in July.
Orthopedics/Sport Medicine rotations are given in the first and second year. One week during that time is dedicated to Outpatient Therapies including specialties such as industrial rehab, wheelchair evaluations, and concussions.
The Pediatrics curriculum includes inpatient and outpatient experiences. Each block, a resident presents a Pediatrics Conference on focused topics and/or interesting cases.
- First year residents: one block on Inpatient Pediatrics. Neonatal Resuscitation Program training is given at Aspirus in July. Pediatric Advanced Life Support training is given at Aspirus in the fall.
- Second & Third year residents: one block each on Outpatient Pediatrics.
Faculty and residents participate in Scholarly Activity projects at the FMC, including research and quality improvement.
- Second year residents: A faculty member, along with the on-site Clinical Social Worker and Patient Centered Medical Home nurse, work with the residents to choose, plan, and carry out a patient-centered quality improvement project.
- Third year residents: Residents choose a topic and work with a faculty member of their choice to prepare and present a Grand Rounds CME presentation at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
- Longitudinal: Residents are encouraged to participate in other scholarly activities as opportunities arise. Recent examples include a Rural Health Initiative and an Appropriate Level of Care Project.
Over the course of the program, residents spend a total of 9 blocks on the inpatient medicine Teaching Service at Aspirus Wausau Hospital managing a wide range of medical problems.
A mix of senior and junior residents cover the service, working as a team to provide patient care. Faculty and residents conduct daily teaching rounds. Each block, a resident presents a Family Medicine conference with an interesting case from that block.
Family physicians, internists, and other subspecialty physicians provide teaching and consultation support.