- General Medicine Service (University Teaching Service - UTS)
- Continuity Clinic (Primary Care Clinic - PCC)
- Curriculum Schedule
Our program's clinical curriculum is structured to a 6+2 model. This block scheduling greatly benefits the residents as it:
- Decreases conflicting inpatient and outpatient responsibilities, thereby reducing resident stress and work hours while on inpatient rotations.
- Provides automatic decompression in a resident's schedule by removing the possibility of >2 continuous months of more intense rotations.
- Increases outpatient continuity for routine follow-up visits as well as increasing total number of continuity clinic days each year.
- Increases ownership and satisfaction in the ambulatory setting; more realistically models today's primary care practice.
- Provides ability to deliver consistent curriculum (Friday academic half-days) where we often put our most important curriculum and simulation training that reaches every resident in our program.
Houston Methodist’s Primary Care Clinic (PCC) is a resident-run continuity clinic where residents and interns see their own panel of patients during a weekly half-day clinic session. Each clinic session has a total of four to eight residents (a combination of interns and upper levels), and 1-2 attending physicians.
General PCC Facts
- Each resident sees new and established patients, post-hospital discharge visits, pre-operative consultations, sick visits and preventative health (wellness) visits.
- Residents will become experienced in managing a broad spectrum of outpatient conditions seen frequently in primary care.
- The PCC is adjacent to the faculty practice and provides easy access for patients requiring subspecialty consultations.
- The electronic health record (EHR), Epic, provides an opportunity to improve patient care using the latest technology.
- Residents are supervised by a group of primary care attendings allowing for the development of a long-term mentoring relationship.
- Patients are seen in a newly renovated, on-site facility with accommodations for an optimal educational experience.
- Online modules enhance the educational experience in the PCC by providing access to high-yield learning topics frequently encountered in the ambulatory setting.
- Pre-clinic huddles are attended by the clinic team (residents, MA's and attendings) for 30 minutes prior. This time is used for reviewing the daily schedule and identifying any potential patient needs. The remaining time is used to discuss a high yield ambulatory topic assigned from the Yale Curriculum.
- During the pandemic, our Primary Care Clinic has incorporated virtual visits and we are fully equipped to perform telemedicine to ensure continuity of care for our patients.
- For those interested in pursuing a primary care career, staring the second year of residency, residents are given the opportunity to relocate their continuity clinic to work with a primary care physician in the Houston Methodist community. This experience provides a true primary care setting and the mentorship required to understand what it means to be a primary care provider.