PCAST: Primary Care and Ambulatory Subspecialty Training Curriculum
Purpose: To equip residents with the experience and skills needed to practice medicine in the ambulatory setting, with a focus on office-based general internal medicine and subspecialty training.
Oversight: An advisory board consisting of program leaders, chief residents and current resident representatives. The group will approve selection of residents into the primary care track and oversee progress semi-annually.
Residents will matriculate into the primary care curriculum after completing their first year of residency training as an intern, through a selection process overseen by the advisory board. Selection criteria will include satisfactory academic performance during internship, as well as dedication to a career in primary care or ambulatory-based subspecialty training (endocrinology, rheumatology, allergy). Each year, current residents will need to reapply for continued entry into the program.
- Priority will be given to ambulatory track residents' preferences for selection of their continuity clinic site. Community based sites will be strongly encouraged.
- The staffing needs of the program will take preference over scheduled PCAST months. Depending on residency needs, a PCAST resident's schedule may be adjusted during the academic year.
- Entry as a PGY2:
- 60% inpatient (7-8 blocks); 40% outpatient (5-6 blocks)
- Entry as a PGY3:
- 50% inpatient (6-7 blocks); 50% outpatient (6-7 blocks)
Required curriculum elements regardless of entry year
- Community Ambulatory
- KC Free or
- Sunflower Medical Group or
- Private Practice Internal Medicine Group (WWIM, KCIM, etc.) or
- Swope Health Services
- Sports Medicine
Elective curricular elements
- All elective time gets transitioned to PCAST time
- Choices for PCAST electives:
- Advanced Sports Medicine
- Women's Health
- Integrative Medicine
- Community Ambulatory (second rotation)
- Research Elective
- Board Review Elective
Required PCAST scholarly project
- Noon conference lecture; General Medicine topic with an Ambulatory staff member as your mentor — counts as resident scholarly project.
Second required PCAST scholarly project (one of these choices)
- Quality Improvement project in your own continuity clinic site — if presented in scholarly setting (research day, ACP, etc.), will count toward required resident scholarly project.
- Outcomes Assessment project in the ambulatory setting — if presented in scholarly setting (research day, ACP, etc.), will count toward required resident scholarly project.
- Case report of ambulatory-based patient at ACP regional conference (Kansas City or Wichita) counts as resident scholarly project.
Apr 05, 2013