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Family Medicine Residency: Areas Of Concentration

Because the specialty of Family Medicine is broad and the opportunities in practice are plentiful, we have developed several enhanced curricular options for our residents. We have added four Areas of Concentration (AOCs): Sports Medicine, Obstetrics, International Health and Academic/Teaching. These tracks offer our residents opportunities to augment their learning in specific areas of Family Medicine. Residents who elect an AOC will complete the outlined curriculum, gaining expertise and advanced skills geared for use in their future practices.

Residents who have specific interests in one of these areas of Family Medicine will benefit from the structured curriculum and guidance offered by the AOC Coordinator. The coordinator will work closely with the resident to individually specialize the curriculum.

To acknowledge the added expertise gained by these curricular tracks, the resident will receive a letter of recognition from the AOC coordinator. The Program Director will also recognize the resident's additional training in the resident's Graduate Summary letter.

Sports Medicine - Sara Neal, MD


  • Develop advanced examination skills of the musculoskeletal system.
  • To gain additional experience and develop proficiency in the following areas:
    • Diagnosing and managing sports medicine and orthopedic injuries.
    • Caring for medical problems in the athlete.
    • Performing orthopedic procedures, including: joint and soft tissue injection/aspiration, fracture management and reduction, casting and splinting, joint relocations, etc.
    • Performing and evaluating exercise treadmill tests.
    • Creating orthotics for injury management.
    • Performing sports preparticipation physical exams.
    • Assisting as team physician for various high school and college athletic programs.
    • Acting as educator for Sports Medicine topics in the residency program.
    • Developing scholarship skills in the area of Sports Medicine.

Time Commitment: 

4 months 


 (Flexibility exists in structuring activities):

    • 1 required month of Sports Medicine/Orthopedics in both 2nd and 3rd years.
    • 1 elective month of Sports Medicine/Orthopedics.
    • 1 elective month of Sports Specialty, which may include Hand Surgery, Radiology, Pediatric Orthopedics, Rheumatology, etc.
  • Coverage of high school and college athletic events and training room with the Sports Medicine Fellow or Attending.
  • Performing preparticipation physical exams for Guilford and Elon Colleges, and NC A&T State University.
  • Participation in Sports Medicine Seminars on Friday afternoons during Sports Medicine and Elective Months.
  • Participation and presentation at two Sports Medicine Journal Club meetings annually.
  • Publication on a Sports Medicine topic.
  • Attendance at one or more national Sports Medicine conferences, including the annual AMSSM meeting, the AAFP Sports Medicine CAQ Review Course and Team Physician Courses.

Obstetrics - James Breen, MD / Sara Jordan, MD


  • To become competent at caring for low-risk pregnancies. This includes prenatal care, labor and delivery management, postpartum care and contraceptive management.
  • To become competent at performing vaginal deliveries.
  • To become proficient at performing operative vaginal deliveries, focusing on vacuum-assisted vaginal deliveries. This includes understanding indications for such intervention and proficiency at the required skill-set.
  • To become knowledgeable and gain experience in performing operative cesarean deliveries. This includes understanding indications for such intervention and proficiency at the required skill-set.
  • To become knowledgeable and gain experience in performing tubal ligations.
  • To be an active educator on OB topics in the residency program.
  • To develop scholarship skills in the area of Obstetrics.

Time Commitment:

2 - 4 months

Curriculum (Flexibility exists in structuring activities):

  • One to three months of Advanced Obstetric Electives. This experience will be with the OB Teaching Service and will include every fourth day inpatient call responsibilities, supervision and teaching of the interns and medical students on the service, and meeting the goals and objectives for the Advanced OB elective. The resident will have time to focus on managing high-risk obstetric patients, learning operative vaginal delivery techniques, and first assisting in cesarean deliveries with attending faculty. He/she will also attend the High Risk Prenatal Care clinic once per week.
  • A two-week elective in OB Ultrasound.
  • An optional two-week elective at UNC-CH Planned Parenthood Clinic focusing on early pregnancy counseling options and surgical and medical therapies for unwanted pregnancies.
  • A publication on an Obstetric topic. The opportunities include the publication of a Clinical Inquiry in The Journal of Family Practice or PEPID.
  • Attendance at the Family Centered Maternity Care conference sponsored by the AAFP.
  • Participation in teaching the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course with faculty.
  • Presentation of two noon conferences to the residency on OB topics using evidence-based information.

International Health - Wayne Hale, MD


  • To develop knowledge and skills which promote improved care of international patients in the United States and in their native countries.
  • Specific learning areas include developing:
  • A global perspective on diseases and the burden of care needs.
  • An understanding of the factors limiting nations' medical care systems.
  • An appreciation of the stresses resulting from immigration into the United States.
  • Skills for working effectively with interpreters.
  • The ability to provide medical care in a patient-centered manner.
  • Competence in assessing patients' cultural viewpoints.
  • Improved foreign language proficiency, if desired.

Time Commitment:

Two months of electives - one in the second year and one in the third. At least one month will include approximately two weeks in Honduras with a medical brigade.


(flexibility exists in structuring activities):

Second-Year Elective Month

  • Attend Hispanic Clinic/review videotape encounter - four half-days.
  • Participate in UNC SOM Honduras Selective Prep Course - three days.
  • Assist in preparations for Honduras brigade - one day.
  • Participate in Honduras medical brigade - 14 days.
  • Present a noon conference on Travel/International Medicine - one day.
  • FPC continuity clinic - five half-days.
Third-Year Elective Month

  • Work in outside clinic with immigrant population -four half-days.
  • Assist in preparations for Honduras brigade - three days.
  • Prepare research study for Honduras trip - three days.
  • Team leader for Honduras medical brigade 14 days.
  • Present a noon conference related to the care of immigrants - one day.
  • FPC continuity clinic - eight half-days.

  • Provide medical care for families from at least five disparate language and cultural backgrounds.
  • Foreign language development: immersion course, A Su Salud DVD-based study, etc.
  • Attend and present poster at an international health meeting (e.g. GHEC, AAFP International Health).

Academic / Teaching - Lee Chambliss, MD / Todd McDiarmid, MD / Michelle Kane,  PsyD


  • To develop skills in teaching and prepare the resident for a possible career in academic Family Medicine.
  • Specific learning areas include:
  • Medical writing.
  • Presentations.
  • Ambulatory teaching.
  • Inpatient teaching.
  • Video precepting.

Time commitment:

Two months of electives - one in second year and one in third, or two in third year


(flexibility exists in structuring activities):

First Month

  • Work with Residency Faculty.
  • Inpatient attending on the Family Medicine Teaching Service - one week.
  • Out Patient - three weeks.
  • Precepting - three half-days.
  • Video precept - one half-day.
  • Project time - two half-days.
  • Attend faculty meetings - weekly.
  • Prepare and present a noon conference.
  • Produce a teaching intervention for the residency - a skills session or teaching resource.
Second Month

  • Work with Residency Faculty as in the first month. Add videotaping of the resident precepting.
  • Supervise a rational clinical exam synopsis with an intern.
  • Teach medical students in the UNC Family Medicine Clerkship.
  • Attend a Faculty Development Fellowship Experience.
  • One week at a Fellowship - Pittsburgh, PA, Columbia, MO, or Chapel Hill.

  • Write and publish a cinical inquiry or scholarly review.
  • Attend the National Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference.