EVMS Family Medicine is one of 25 residency programs across the United States participating in the Family Medicine National Innovation in Continuity Clinic Experience (FM-NICEE) pilot, which grants our program a waiver from the ACGME requirement that states a family medicine resident must have a presence in their continuity clinic at least 40 weeks per academic year.
The program has taken advantage of this waiver by developing "immersion" rotations, which allow our residents to spend two full weeks dedicated to their specialty rotations in each 4-week block. The remaining two weeks of the block is spent in continuity clinic.
Advantages of immersion rotations:
- Simpler schedules: less worry about balancing clinic with other experiences during a rotation
- Better experience with community faculty: the faculty know you're with them for a full, unencumbered two weeks, and they don't concern themselves about when you might have to leave to get to clinic each day
- Continuity clinic patient panels are shared by 2+ residents, leading to greater satisfaction for both patients and providers, and allowing easier access to each other
- Clinic weeks allow time for self study and research endeavors