Washington Health System

155 Wilson Avenue Washington, PA 15301   (724) 225-7000


Curriculum

"Resident input is crucial to the successful development of our curriculum. We strive to maximize the individual needs of residents while preparing them for practice in an evolving healthcare environment."

Rick Worshtil, M.D. Assistant Director, Retired, Class of 1976

Our curriculum consists of thirteen 4 week blocks.

The primary goal for the first year is to master the fundamentals of hospital-based medicine through rotations in internal medicine, critical care, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, emergency medicine and surgery.

The first-year resident, supervised by appropriate specialists, is responsible for managing the patients admitted to the teaching services. Outpatient clinics in several of these disciplines complement inpatient care, providing a well-rounded experience. Family Medicine faculty and internists supervise the medical service team, which includes residents from all three years. Family physicians and staff specialists supervise residents on obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery rotations. First-year residents spend one-half to two days per week in the Family Medicine Center caring for their patients.

Second and third-year residents spend increasing amounts of time in the Family Medicine Center. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the skills required to manage patients in an office setting. A wide variety of elective experiences is available to pursue areas of special interest during the last two years, some of which time is spent working with staff Behavioral Science Specialists. 

Block(s) PGY1 PGY2 PGY3

1

Med Service

Med Service/Office

Med Service/Office

2

Med Service

Med Service/Office

Med Service/Office

3

Med Service

Med Service/Women’s Health

Med Service/Women’s Health

4

OB

Med Service/Women’s Health

OB-Peds/Urology

5

OB

OB-Peds

Peds Hospitalist

6

OB-Peds

Peds Hospitalist

Selective

7

ED^

CCU+Pulm/Elective

Ambulatory Peds*

8

ED^

Cardiology*

Allergy+Ortho*

9

Children’s

Outpatient Peds*

Palliative Medicine*

10

Surgery^

Dermatology+Elective*

Ortho/Elective

11

Elective^

Geriatrics or Palliative*

Ortho*

12

Night Float

Ortho*

Geriatrics or Palliative*

13

Night Float /Elective^

Elective*

Elective* (elective and 2 weeks vacation in June)

PGY-3 Community Med and Practice management are longitudinal experiences.

*Rotations will be in the Clinic First 2+2 format, where residents will spend 2 weeks with the specialists and then 2 weeks in the office. There will be one half day of continuity clinic each week during the time with the specialists to comply with ABFM Regulations.

^Rotations will be in a modified Clinic First format where interns will spend approximately half the time on an assigned rotation and the other half in the office with Clinic First responsibilities.

Nephrology is a required elective during second year

Palliative Medicine would include 3 half days per week of time with Neuro/Endo/ENT subspecialities

Geriatrics would likely include 3-5 half days per week of time with Optho/Neuro/Endo/ENT subspecialities

Revised May 1, 2018

  • 1 1/2 Blocks Electives
    1 Block Allergy / Rheumatology
    1 Block Geriatrics
    1 Block Medical Service
    1 Block Neurology / Endocrinology
    1 Block Peds Hospitalist
    1 Block Ophthalmology / ENT
    1 Block Clinics / Ortho
    1 Block Orthopedics
    1 Block Urology / Selective
    1 Block Practice Management / Ambulatory Peds
    1 Block Elective (Elective and 2 Weeks Vacation in June)
    1/2 Block OB / Peds Service