family residency curriculum

6-6-6 program in a community hospital with academic support from Albany Medical Center

  • Collaborative program with Hudson Headwaters Health Network and its 22 FQHCs in the Southern Adirondacks
  • Comprehensive full spectrum training, including procedures, rural medicine, integrated behavioral health and addition medicine
  • Competency in inpatient and outpatient care
  • Experienced and dedicated faculty recognized for their teaching
  • Individualized learning plans and mentorship to foster personal success and wellness

3-Year Block Schedule
(1 month = 4 weeks)
Introduction to Residency 1 month
Physician as Leader 1 month 1 month 1 month
Inpatient Medicine 4 months 2 months 2 months
ICU 1 month 1 month
Obstetrics 1 month 1 month
Emergency Medicine 1 month General EM 1 month Pediatric EM 1 month General EM
Inpatient Pediatrics 1 month NICU 1 month Inpatient Peds
Surgery 1 month
Outpatient Pediatrics 1 month 1 month
Outpatient Gynecology 1 month
Rural Medicine 1 month
Psychiatry 1 month
Musculoskeletal/ Sports Medicine 1 month 1 month
Geriatrics 1 month
Behavioral Health 1 month
Dermatology 1 month
Medicine Elective 1 month 1 month
Surgery Elective 1 month
Electives 1 month 3 months
Primarily Inpatient
Primarily Outpatient

Lifelong Leading and Learning

Year 1 - Self Inquiry, Clinical Learning and Development 

  • Focus on the new physician as you transition from medical student to resident.  We will encourage self-assessment of strengths and development of your own professional mission statement.  This will be combined with well-being strategies and leadership development to support your needs. Investigating one’s own biases, emotional intelligence, and comfort with both giving and receiving feedback will be explored.
  • As you begin clinical work in your health center, focus will be given to the patient as part of the larger community and how social determinants affect equity.  Practicing in a patient-centered medical home will demonstrate how a team based care approach, incorporating integrated behavioral health and care management can begin to address these inequities. To understand the functioning of the clinical team, you will participate in all aspects of your health center.

Year 2 - Community Observation, Culture and Assessment

  • Focus on the outpatient clinical practice as you learn more about the health care system, value-based care, and the inherent disparities which are prevalent in health care. This will require working within the larger community which your health center serves and completing a needs assessment which will serve as a springboard for a quality improvement project.  You will gain skills in having difficult conversations, understanding micro/macroaggressions, and leading interdisciplinary teams.

Year 3 - Community Engagement, Physician Advocacy and Application

  • Focus will be on physician advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. This will include evaluating the models of health care delivery and understanding the business of medicine. You will work with leadership at both Saratoga Hospital and Hudson Headwaters to put your skills into practice .  Advocacy work will be fostered through NYSAFP, local health departments, and other community partners.
  • Opportunities will be available for you to present your community QI or research project at the local or national level.  As you look to graduation you will be supported in understanding personal finance, utilizing mentors, and job interviewing.