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The Curriculum follows a four-week block schedule, allowing 13 blocks per academic year.  We adhere strictly to the ACGME regulations for duty hours. We are fortunate to be able to offer the opportunity to learn Family Medicine in an environment that stresses a culture of safety, with education being the primary focus, not service requirements.  

1st Year Rotations

Orientation 4 Weeks
Systems Based Practice 4 Weeks
Intensive Care* 4 Weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 Weeks
Outpatient Pediatrics 4 Weeks
Newborn Nursery and NICU 4 Weeks
Surgery 8 Weeks
Inpatient Medicine* 12 Weeks
Maternity Care* 8 Weeks

*May include overnight shifts

2nd Year Rotations

Behavioral Medicine 4 Weeks
Dermatology 4 Weeks
Inpatient Medicine 8 Weeks
Pediatric Emergency Medicine* 4 Weeks
Inpatient Pediatrics 4 Weeks
Geriatrics 4 Weeks
Rural Family Medicine 4 Weeks
Family Medicine Outpatient/Procedures 4 Weeks
Cardiology 4 Weeks
Sports Medicine 4 Weeks
Electives 8 Weeks

Average call every 6th night.
*May include overnight shifts

3rd Year Rotations

Inpatient Medicine 4 Weeks
Behavioral Medicine 4 Weeks
Outpatient Pediatrics 4 Weeks
Emergency Medicine* 4 Weeks
Surgical Sub-specialties 4 Weeks
Family Medicine Outpatient/Procedures 4 Weeks
Medicine Sub-specialties 8 Weeks
Orthopedics 4 Weeks
Electives 8 Weeks

Average call every 6th night.
*May include overnight shifts

Call Schedule

During the first year of residency, the ACGME hour requirements prevent call obligations. The opportunity to learn medicine at night differs from daytime hours, and certain rotations will have shifts, which allow exposure to the evening and night environment. During years two and three, call responsibility is only for our Inpatient Medicine service, regardless of the daytime rotation, and it is on average every sixth night as in-house call. Certain shift-based rotations, such as Emergency Medicine in the third year, will continue to have occasional evening and night shifts, which are averaged into the call numbers.

Work Hour Averages

As we are developing our program, we do not have average hours to report from previous classes. Gwinnett Medical Center is committed to a culture of patient safety and education over service obligations.

Duty Work Hours - Click here for more information.

Research Activities

Residents are required to complete at least two scholarly projects during their formal training years. Research experience offers many advantages to residents including the opportunity to probe deeply into an area of personal interest, a chance to work closely with a faculty member, and gain an understanding of how to review the medical literature, and become familiar with the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and applied to patient care.

Osteopathic Postgraduate Training

GMC’s FMR is dually accredited and offers osteopathic graduate education in affiliation with our Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) relationship with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lawrenceville Campus. The Strickland Family Medicine Center provides the opportunity to learn hands on Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques in the outpatient setting. Focused didactic and hands on training sessions, along with inpatient learning opportunities will give depth and breadth to the OMT educational experience. After successful completion of the three-year program, the D.O. residents of GMC’s FMR will be eligible for dual board accreditation by both the American College of Osteopathic Family Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine.

Community Service

Residents will participate in focused community services. This is a requirement of ACGME.