The goal for first-year residents is to gain a firm foundation in medical knowledge as a prelude to lifetime learning. This is achieved primarily through rotations in Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and A.I. du Pont
Crozer is a 422-bed tertiary-care teaching hospital with a diverse variety of emergency (46,000 ER visits/year) and elective care patients (20,000 patients admitted/year and 2,000 babies delivered/year). Crozer has a certified Level II trauma center – The John E. DuPont Regional Trauma Center, the only one of its kind in Delaware County. The hospital also houses the nationally renowned Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center, the Crozer Regional Cancer Center, and a Level III Intensive Care Nursery.
Crozer sponsors four additional graduate medical education programs – Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and a Transitional First Year. Patients on the teaching services are cared for by a team of residents, interns and medical students, whose decision-making is supervised by attending physicians during daily teaching rounds. At Crozer, the Family Medicine interns are completely integrated into all the teaching services and are given the same responsibility and recognition as other specialty residents.
In addition to Crozer’s hospital experience, PGY-I residents see their own patients anywhere from one half-day to three full days per week at the Center for Family Health. They also spend three months on the Family Medicine inpatient service at Delaware County Memorial Hospital providing care for our Center’s hospitalized patients, and one month on Community Medicine learning about the broad resources and ancillary services in our community.
First-year call is tied to your inpatient service at Crozer and Delaware County Memorial Hospital, with no call responsibilities during the Community Medicine, Gynecology, and ER rotations.
Interns will take 24-hour call once per week while on our own family medicine inpatient service at Delaware County and short call (until 9 pm) every four to five days. There are some weekend calls required on Pediatrics. There is no call for OB/GYN, Community, or ER rotations.
PGY-II and PGY-III
The goal for second and third-year residents is to develop diagnostic and therapeutic proficiency in ambulatory medicine, in addition to the inpatient setting. In order to maximize continuity of care, and to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to become a family physician, half of each week is spent seeing patients at the Center for Family Health and the other half is spent primarily in ambulatory-based specialty offices.
Each PGY-II class spends one month as a group learning Medical Informatics and how to integrate computer technology with patient care. Residents set the goals for this rotation based on their individual and group competencies and needs.
Our Family-Centered Maternity Care program allows the residents to follow and deliver their own panel of obstetric patients. Residents are responsible for all aspects of the prenatal, obstetric and postpartum care for their longitudinal patients, and continue to follow the mother and child as their primary physician. Deliveries are supervised by our family medicine obstetrics faculty as well as the OBGYNs at Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), who have partnered with our program to assist in teaching our residents.
The inpatient experience during years two and three are at DCMH a 215-bed community hospital with a broad range of acute and specialized services. DCMH currently admits 11,200 patients and treats 36,000 ER patients, and delivers 1,100 babies each year. The hospital’s featured services include the Delaware County Regional Cancer Center, an affiliate of the Fox Chase Cancer Network; the Maternity/Child Health Unit; a Level IIa Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery; a SurgiCenter offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical services; the Women’s Diagnostic Center, PET Imaging, and the Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center.
We admit our patients from the Center for Family Health to DCMH, and also function as hospitalists for several community primary care physicians. The residents act as “co-attendings” with the faculty and have complete responsibility for managing the family medicine service.
Residents spend two months on our Geriatric rotation providing care to the elderly in the nursing home, assisted living facility, office and home, with experience in palliative care in all settings. This is in addition to the longitudinal care they provide to their own nursing home and home visit patients.
During the third year, residents are provided with four rotations of elective time, to utilize in areas of personal interest or to obtain further specialized training. Elective rotations are extremely flexible learning opportunities that are designed by the residents to meet individual educational needs. Two months are full-time electives that may be taken anywhere.
Second and third-year residents participate in “OB Call” usually one to three times per month, depending on their rotation. The OB Call resident is responsible for any OB triage cases or laboring patients at DCMH that evening. OB call may be taken from home. When senior residents are rotating on our inpatient service they will do one day of 24-hour call one week and two, 12 hour calls the next week.
Senior level residents also partake in night float. Second-year residents do three to four weeks of night float and third-year residents do two weeks of night float.
How to Apply and Interview
All applications to the Crozer Health Family Medicine Residency Program must come through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The deadline for receiving applications is December 31.
For more information, please contact:
Crozer Health Family Medicine Residency
1260 East Woodland Avenue, Suite 200
Springfield, PA 19064