Curriculum Highlights

St. Peter Family Medicine Residency

Our innovative "Clinic First" curriculum is on the cutting edge of Family Medicine training.

Recently our curriculum has undergone major transformations in order to train family doctors for modern practice while still balancing the need for those who choose to do full scope medicine. Each year is unique and progressively will look more and more like your future practice - preparing you for the future.

Separation of Outpatient and Inpatient Responsibilities in the R-1 Year

We have split inpatient and outpatient duties in the R-1 year. What this means is that if you start in the hospital in the morning you will continue inpatient duties without needing to switch mid-day. This differs significantly from traditional training methods. It allows the residents to focus their learning on one aspect of their training at a time. This increases overall clinic when compared with traditional training and allows for greater continuity and to develop stronger personal relationships with your patients.

2+2 Format in the R-2 Year

Our second year takes the separation of inpatient and outpatient duties even farther. Second year residents spend 2 weeks in rotations with minimal outpatient clinic followed by 2 weeks of outpatient continuity clinic. This significantly increases clinic availability for continuity with your own patients. R-2 residents know that if they see a patient today they will be back in clinic in 2 weeks for follow-up. 

Longitudinal R-3 Curriculum

Our Third Year Curriculum takes clinic first to its ultimate conclusion. R-3 residents do 52 individual weeks which allows for the resident to act like a practicing family physician. Some weeks you will be doing inpatient coverage with minimal clinic - analogous to a rural family practice that sees its own Inpatient/Peds/OB. Some weeks you will be doing electives - analogous to CME weeks. This is where the resident gets to hone the skills needed for their future practice type. Most weeks (32) will be in the outpatient continuity practice seeing the panel that you have come to know  well over the preceding 2 years.

Procedural training

We offer a number of sub-specialty and procedural clinics, many of which have one resident and one attending physician scheduled per clinic. Some of our specialty clinics include:

  • Colposcopy 
  • Dermatology
  • Gynecology
  • Home visits
  • Nursing home visits
  • Occupational medicine
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Pediatric consultations
  • Procedure clinic
  • Suboxone clinic
  • Travel medicine


Providence St Peter Family Medicine continues its commitment to teaching Obstetrical Care with an active obstetrics practice. Training at St Peter will allow you the skills to perform obstetrics in the future.

International Rotation Opportunities

We have elective time in the second and third years that we encourage residents to use to complete one or more international rotations. Through our foundation - financial support can be easily applied for to offset the costs of these rotations. Over the years we have had many residents travel all over the world and can help you select a site. We currently have strong relationships to hospitals in Kenya, India and Guatemala just to name a few. 

Additional Curricular Components  

Other innovative curricular components include group visits and planned patient visits. The group visits include a multidisciplinary team of providers, including residents, faculty, behavioral scientists and nutritionists. Group visits are very popular with our patients, providing peer support and an emphasis on self-care goals. We currently offer group visits for:

  • Adolescent OB clinic
  • Diabetes care

We are a NCQA Level 3 recognized Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)Our early PCMH work included a four year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focusing on advancing diabetes self-management in the primary care setting. We emphasize team based care with a strong integration of Behavioral Health, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and an RN Care Navigator. You will experience the immediate support from our integrated care team for daily patient care. We use our EMR (EPIC) which is connected with not only the hospital, ER and L&D but with other institutions in the region.

 St Peter Family Medicine - Block Rotation Schedule

 Year I

 Year II

 Year III

Ambulatory Pediatrics - 4 weeks
Ambulatory Pediatrics - 2 weeks

Longitudinal Family Practice Clinic

Behavioral Science/Pharmacy - 2 weeks
Clinic - 20 weeks
Clinic Coverage - 34 weeks
Community Medicine - 2 weeks
Dermatology - 2 weeks Electives - 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine - 4 weeks
Emergency Pediatrics - 4 weeks Emergency Medicine - Scattered days
Family Medicine Orientation - 4 weeks
Medicine - 8 weeks
Geriatrics - 1 week
GYN - 4 weeks
Night Inpatient Services - 6 weeks
Inpatient Medicine Service Chief - 7 weeks
Inpatient Pediatrics - 4 weeks
R2 Family Medicine Orientation - 4 weeks
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - 2 weeks
Medicine - 10 weeks
Rural Family Medicine - 4 weeks
Rural Family Medicine - 4 weeks
Night OB Rotation - 6 weeks
Surgery - 2 weeks

Specialty Clinics (as listed above) - Scattered days

Obstetrics - 4 weeks

Orthopedics - 4 weeks

Rural Family Medicine - 4 weeks