Rotations and Curriculum — Family Medicine Residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital


  • Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
  • Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital (OB and newborn nursery)
  • Akron Children’s Hospital - Mahoning Valley Campus (Pediatric Inpatient and ER)
  • Youngstown Primary Care
  • Simulation labs available for procedure teaching

Rotation schedule

 PGY 1 Rotation Duration
 Principles of Family Medicine (Orientation)1 month

 Emergency Medicine

1 month
 Medical Intensive Care Unit1 month
 Inpatient Pediatrics1 month
 Inpatient Surgery1 month
 Obstetrics2 months
 Family Medicine Inpatient Service3 months
 Internal Medicine1 month
 Nursery2 weeks
 Outpatient Pediatrics2 weeks
 Office2 half days per week

PGY 2 RotationDuration
Sports Medicine1 month
Geriatrics1 month
Pediatric Emergency Medicine1 month
Outpatient Pediatrics1 month
Gynecology1 month
Community Medicine1 month
Family Medicine Inpatient Service2 months
Cardiology1 month
Emergency Medicine1 month
Pulmonary Medicine1 month
Outpatient Surgery1 month
Office3 half days per week

PGY 3 RotationDuration
Pediatrics Outpatient*1 month
Orthopedics1 month
Dermatology1 month
Otolaryngology2 weeks (minimum)
Radiology2 weeks (minimum)
Urology2 weeks (minimum)
Ophthalmology2 weeks (minimum)
Family Medicine Inpatient Services2 months
Psychiatry1 month
Electives4 months
Office4 half days per week

*Or Pediatric Subspecialty Outpatient


We offer a variety of electives, including (but not limited to):

  • Anesthesiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Global/International Health
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • OB/GYN Subspecialty
  • Neurology
  • Pediatrics/Pediatrics subspecialties
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Palliative Care
  • Pulmonology
  • Research
  • Rehabilitation/Physical Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine

Didactic Curriculum

Educational opportunities are abundant throughout the residency. Formal didactics are presented weekly, covering the full scope of family medicine. Each patient encounter in the hospital or in our Family Health Center is treated as a teachable moment. The faculty possesses a breadth of knowledge, experience and skills, while sharing a passion for teaching.

Didactics4 hours per weekWednesday mornings
Morning Report  
Institutional Grand Rounds  
Hospital Committees  
Resident Support Group  


  • Topics organized monthly by organ system
  • Practice Management, four hours per month
  • Speakers include faculty, outside physicians and residents
  • Incorporates Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality and Evidence-Based Medicine Principles

Morning Report

  • Board review, clinical pearls, radiology and EKG interpretation teaching

Hospital Committees

  • Can participate as a PGY 2 or PGY 3 resident
  • Medical Ethics, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Patient Safety

Clinical Faculty Rank

Residents can obtain clinical faculty rank through Northeast Ohio Medical University

Courses and Certifications

  • Basic Life Support
  • Advance Cardiac Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Centering Pregnancy (Group Prenatal Care facilitator training)

Academic Affiliations

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Youngstown State University


  • Circumcision
  • Colposcopy
  • EKG interpretation
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Foreign body removal
  • Joint aspiration and injection (small and large joints)
  • Holter monitor interpretation
  • Obstetrical care and delivery
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Skin procedures (shave and punch biopsy, excision)
  • Sports physicals
  • Suturing
  • Tympanometry
  • Others dependent upon resident interest

Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Robust research department in our hospital system
  • Excellent opportunities to join ongoing projects
  • Affiliation with Northeast Ohio University and Youngstown State University
  • Outstanding support for investigating your clinical questions
  • Experience with continuous quality improvement projects
  • Excellent preparation for board maintenance-of-certification activities post-graduation

Publications and Presentations

  • “Be Mindful, Be Well: Techniques and Experiences for Reducing Burnout in a Residency Program.” Burger, A, Miller, L, and N. Shearer.Seminar at the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC), November 2, 2019. Lancaster, PA.
  • Krafft R, Handel J. (2021). Goiter. In Domino FJ (Ed.),, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
  • “The Perils of Human Trafficking:What Every Family Physician Needs to Know.”Scholarly Topic Roundtable presentation at the 50 th Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, May 8. 2017. San Diego, CA.