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Research & Scholarly Activity

As a rural community family medicine residency, our focus is on experiential learning through direct patient care along with a rigorous didactic curriculum. This has served us well as our graduates have a first time pass rate of 99 percent on the American Board of Family Medicine certification examination.


Didactics occurs for one hour each morning, consisting of a variety of topics and learning modalitites. Some examples include specialist lectures, skills workshops, journal clubs, M&Ms, case presentations and more.

Our morning conferences are attended by a geriatrician and a doctor of pharmacy, both of whom aid in putting the conference topics into practical clinical contexts. We require each resident to do an office-based quality improvement (QI) project in addition to a second scholarly project of their choice during residency and to present at least one of these scholarly projects at the regional, state or national level.

Recently, three teams consisting of five faculty members and three residents have authored review articles that have been submitted to and accepted for publication by “American Family Physician".

Our residency program is currently developing a point of care ultrasound curriculum (POCUS) consisting of lectures, online simulation modules, and hands-on learning.