Washington Health System

155 Wilson Avenue Washington, PA 15301   (724) 225-7000


Curriculum

"Resident input is crucial to the successful development of our curriculum. We strive to maximize the individual needs of residents while preparing them for practice in an evolving healthcare environment."

Rick Worshtil, M.D. Assistant Director, Class of 1976

Our curriculum consists of thirteen 4 week blocks.

The primary goal for the first year is to master the fundamentals of hospital-based medicine through rotations in internal medicine, critical care, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, emergency medicine and surgery.

The first-year resident, supervised by appropriate specialists, is responsible for managing the patients admitted to the teaching services. Outpatient clinics in several of these disciplines complement inpatient care, providing a well-rounded experience. Family Medicine faculty and internists supervise the medical service team, which includes residents from all three years. Family physicians and staff specialists supervise residents on obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery rotations. First-year residents spend one-half to two days per week in the Family Medicine Center caring for their patients.

  • First Year Curriculum
    3 Blocks Medical Service
    2 Blocks Obstetrics
    2 Blocks Emergency Medicine
    1 1/2 Blocks Night Float
    1 Block Inpatient Pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA
    1 Block Surgery
    1 Block Elective
    1 Block OB / Peds Service

    Also: One to two half-days per week in the Family Medicine Center Longitudinal Behavior Science, Obstetrics

Second and third-year residents spend increasing amounts of time in the Family Medicine Center. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the skills required to manage patients in an office setting. A wide variety of elective experiences is available to pursue areas of special interest during the last two years.

  • Second Year Curriculum
    2 Blocks Medical Service
    2 Blocks Elective
    1 Blocks Orthopedics
    1 Block Critical Care Unit
    1 Block Dermatology
    1 Block Surgery
    1 Block Cardiology / Selective (Used as Service)
    1 Block Ambulatory Pediatrics
    1 Block Clinics
    1 Block Peds Hospitalist
    1 Block OB / Peds Service

    Also: Three to four half-days per week in the Family Medicine Center Longitudinal Behavior Science

  • Third Year Curriculum
    1 1/2 Blocks Electives
    1 Block Allergy / Rheumatology
    1 Block Geriatrics
    1 Block Medical Service
    1 Block Neurology / Endocrinology
    1 Block Peds Hospitalist
    1 Block Ophthalmology / ENT
    1 Block Clinics / Ortho
    1 Block Orthopedics
    1 Block Urology / Selective
    1 Block Practice Management / Ambulatory Peds
    1 Block Elective (Elective and 2 Weeks Vacation in June)
    1/2 Block OB / Peds Service

    Also: Three to five half-days per week in the Family Medicine Center Longitudinal Behavior Science, Practice Management. PGY-3 Community Med is a longitudinal experience.