Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the program?
The program accepts four residents per academic year. There are a total of nine faculty within the program

How much office time?
Our amounts of time spent in the office vary by PGY status and by rotation experience.  However, on average, our PGY-1 residents see patient 2 half days per week, our PGY-2 spend three half days per week and our PGY-3’s spend 4 half days per week in office seeing patients

How much obstetrics is required?
We follow ACGME guidelines on the obstetrical experience.  Our residents spend 2 rotations during the PGY-1 year on the hospital’s labor and delivery floor working directly under the supervision of obstetricians.  Upon completion of this experience, they can begin to manage their own panel of prenatal care patients, with a goal of 10 deliveries.  Certainly, if a resident is motivated, arrangements to have additional obstetrical experiences can be made. 

What is call like?
Our PGY-1 will rotate and take call on their various services.  However, when on the Family Medicine Service, the call is from home.  PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents also take call from home.  On average, our PGY-2 and 3’s take 4-6 calls per month.  We take the work hour requirements seriously and our residents are in compliance with all work hour requirements.  

How does being in a community-based program differ from an academic center?
We believe that our experience puts you more in direct patient contact, and allows more assumption of responsibility for the care of the patient.  Our residents communicate directly with our faculty as well as get experience communicating with specialists.  We see a variety of pathologies.  With over 500 beds here at St Elizabeth’s, we feel that there is ample opportunity to see both the common and the uncommon illnesses and pathologies. 

How much time should I spend studying?
Ideally, we would advise residents spend an hour a day studying beyond any rotational or residency requirements.

Can residents moonlight?
Residents in good academic standing can moonlight, but it must be approved by the program director and residents are responsible for arranging their own malpractice.  Please note that moonlighting hours count toward duty hour requirements and residents are not permitted to exceed these.

What is the availability of faculty?
With 9 full and part time faculty, there are ample opportunities to interact with faculty.  Formally, there are scheduled meetings, performance evaluations and educational sessions.  Informally, there is a very apparent availability of the faculty.  Open door policies are the norm.

What is the opportunity for procedures?
Residents are encouraged to seek out procedures on their patients.  Faculty is willing to support performing procedures in the office.  For add ional experience, there is also a rotating “Procedure Clinic” that allows PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents additional opportunity to perform procedures.