Ambulatory medicine constitutes over one third of the training in our program. This ambulatory experience is provided at the Ambulatory Services Unit within Abington Memorial Hospital. This unit also serves as a multi-specialty clinic site through which the residents rotate. Each resident has his or her continuity clinic session one half day per week. Supervision is provided at all times by a full-time faculty member who is either a general internist or sub-specialist. First year residents have additional, elective ambulatory experiences in such disciplines as office gynecology, otolaryngology, and ophthalmology. Third year residents may elect to receive additional experience in disciplines such as office orthopedics, cardiology, gastroenterology, dermatology, and rheumatology to name a few examples.
During the entire 36 month span a minimum of three block months are dedicated to ambulatory medicine. For those interested in a career in primary care, the program provides opportunities to take electives in ambulatory medicine, thus increasing total time spent in the outpatient setting to almost 50%. Complementing the clinical exposures is an ambulatory care curriculum which was developed at this institution. Residents have small group sessions with faculty to review modules and or review papers in the curriculum that focus on common outpatient problems. The variety of outpatient experiences and didactics provide each resident with comprehensive ambulatory training.