Our Curriculum

Each year, our residents focus on different aspects of care. In addition to these changing yearly assignments, we place an emphasis on longitudinal experiences, such as continuity care for obstetrics and geriatrics, evidence-based medicine, practice management, and behavioral science.

We also stress procedures such as colposcopy, casting, splinting and fracture care, joint aspiration and injection, obstetric ultrasound, skin biopsy, wound care, endometrial biopsy, and cryosurgery.

Year One

First-year residents spend one to four months each on emergency medicine, obstetrics, family medicine inpatient services, pediatrics, surgery, and the intensive care unit. They also spend time in the ambulatory setting, seeing continuity patients.

Year Two

Our second-year residents expand the scope of their care to incorporate geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, pediatric emergency medicine, ambulatory pediatrics, newborn/neonatology, cardiology, dermatology/ENT and the opportunity to choose a one-month elective rotation. They also spend time in the ambulatory setting, seeing continuity patients. Office hours increase to at least two half-days per week.

Year Three

Third-year residents focus on family medicine inpatient services, ophthalmology/urology, dermatology, family medicine clinicals, community medicine, and electives from a lengthy list of specialties. They also spend time in the ambulatory setting, seeing continuity patients.

We encourage research during the third year of residency through a one-month elective rotation. Projects include case reports with a literature review of an interesting case, surveys, small studies that can be completed in the office setting and/or participation in clinical drug trials.

Members of our residency and faculty have presented at the Ohio Family Medicine Symposium on Research and Education and the North American Primary Care Research Group conferences. They also have published articles and research studies in journals such as The Ohio Family Physician and The Journal of Family Medicine. Past publications have covered topics like electronic medical records, alternative medicine and working with the media.


The St. Luke’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency provides its residents the opportunity to customize their education to meet their career goals. Through customized “tracks” the program meets the Residency Review Committee requirements for family medicine education, while offering emphasis in several areas of interest. There are eight fully developed tracks: geriatrics, obstetrics, primary care, sports medicine, academic medicine, global health, rural medicine and urgent care. For information on available tracks, please download our program track brochure (PDF).

Resident Curriculum

Osteopathic Opportunities:

  • Regular didactic integrated into noon conferences – Frequency: monthly
  • OPTI (Mountain State) lectures – Frequency: two to three times monthly
  • OMT clinics scheduled regularly in clinic with direct supervision available by an Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy trained preceptor
    • Once signed off (20 procedures) may do OMT at your discretion at any time when in FMC office hours
  • Inpatient OMT opportunities – when on inpatient service
  • Osteopathic workshops – Frequency: annually
  • Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) rotations
  • As a DO: opportunities to help teach/spread knowledge of OMT to allopathic colleagues as well as various medical students through structured workshops
  • As an MD: opportunity to learn osteopathic techniques that can be easily applied in future practice