Each year, our residents focus on different aspects of care. In addition to these changing yearly assignments, we place an emphasis on longitudinal experiences, such as continuity care for obstetrics and geriatrics, evidence-based medicine, practice management, and behavioral science.
We also stress procedures such as colposcopy, casting, splinting and fracture care, joint aspiration and injection, obstetric ultrasound, skin biopsy, wound care, endometrial biopsy, cryosurgery, and nasopharyngoscopy.
First-year residents spend one to four months each on emergency medicine, obstetrics, family medicine inpatient services, pediatrics, surgery, and the intensive care unit. They also spend one half-day per week in the office.
Our second-year residents expand the scope of their care to incorporate geriatrics, gynecology, orthopaedics, pediatric emergency medicine, inpatient pediatrics, newborn/neonatology, cardiology, dermatology/ENT and the opportunity to choose a rural or elective rotation. Office hours increase to two half-days per week.
Third-year residents focus on family medicine inpatient services, ophthalmology/urology, dermatology, family medicine clinicals, community medicine, and electives from a lengthy list of specialties. These residents are expected to see continuity patients four half-days per week.
We encourage research during the third year of residency through a one-month elective rotation. Projects include case reports with a literature review of an interesting case, surveys, small studies that can be completed in the office setting and/or participation in clinical drug trials.
Members of our residency and faculty have presented at the Ohio Family Medicine Symposium on Research and Education and the North American Primary Care Research Group conferences. They also have published articles and research studies in journals such as The Ohio Family Physician and The Journal of Family Medicine. Past publications have covered topics like electronic medical records, alternative medicine and working with the media.
The Toledo Hospital Family Medicine Residency provides its residents the opportunity to customize their education to meet their career goals. Through customized "tracks" the program meets the Residency Review Committee requirements for family medicine education, while offering emphasis in several areas of interest. Four of our tracks are fully-developed and an additional four tracks are near completion; however, all eight tracks are available to residents. For information on available tracks, please download our program track brochure.
- Regular didactic integrated into noon conferences - Frequency: monthly
- OPTI (Mountain State) lectures - Frequency: two to three times monthly
- OMT clinics scheduled regularly in clinic with direct supervision available by Dr. Kiefer or volunteer DO preceptor
- Once signed off (20 procedures) may do OMT at your discretion at any time when in FMC office hours
- Inpatient OMT opportunities – when on inpatient service
- Opportunity to attend once a month lectures at sports medicine fellowship (Sports Care)
- Osteopathic workshops - Frequency: annually
- Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) rotations
- As a DO: opportunities to help teach/spread knowledge of OMT to allopathic colleagues as well as various medical students through structured workshops
- As an MD: opportunity to be exposed to and to learn techniques that can be easily applied in future practice