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Educational Tracks




At St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, we offer five different educational tracks. These tracks allow residents to hone their skills in a number of different environments, ranging from Global Health to Obstetrics, preparing them to pursue careers in specific areas of medicine.

The mentorship of experienced professionals coupled with hands-on patient care and additional elective coursework allows residents to gain the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in their respective fields. 

+ Global Health Track/International Medicine Rotation

    Utilizing a community of professionals devoted to global health, our outstanding maternal and child health curriculum, and affiliations with Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, St. Joseph’s offers a progressive, multidisciplinary approach to training global health physicians. We provide advanced education in obstetrics, infectious and tropical diseases, public health promotion and global health policy.
    • Three core principles: solid clinical training, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, community and international outreach
    •  Two months working in a rural hospital with a family doctor and general surgeon
    •  One month working with a local-based international travel clinic. Up to three months of elective time working in a developing nations such as Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Guatemala, Nepal or China
    • A research project in international health performed in conjunction with Syracuse University

+ Sports Medicine Track

    The Sports Medicine Track prepares residents for both medical and orthopedic problems in the context of competitive sports. Residents work closely with family medicine attending physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers throughout their residency for a holistic approach to Sports Medicine. During their time in Sports Medicine, residents are afforded a number of opportunities for hands-on experience.

    Athletic Team Coverage: Work directly with faculty members at Syracuse University, the Syracuse Chiefs Triple-A baseball team and local high schools.

    Curriculum: Learn injury care such as bracing, orthopedic injections, pulmonary function tests and casting of orthopedic injuries. Residents will also become familiar with illness and medical conditions related to sports.

    Fellowship opportunities: Residents interested in sports medicine fellowship training will be supported and mentored in achieving that goal. Recent graduates have obtained fellowship training at several excellent programs, including University of Nevada, University of Hawaii, University of Connecticut, Moses Cone Health System and the Ohio State University. 

+ Hospitalist Track

    The Hospitalist Track lays the foundation to create an outstanding hospitalist, it also challenges participants to take leadership in projects that improve quality, patient safety, patient experience, high-value care and hospital efficiency. The experience includes:
    • Three months of inpatient medicine in the first year, four months in the second year and three months in the third year
    • Additional electives in palliative care, ICU medicine and various internal medicine specialties
    • Specific seminars for residents in the Hospitalist Track with discussion topics relevant to a practicing hospitalist

+ Obstetrics/Women’s Health Track

    Obstetrics
    The Obstetrics Track prepares residents interested in practicing OB in post-graduate life. Curriculum and coursework include:
    • An additional month of obstetrical night call during the second year
    • An additional month of OB elective in the second or third year
    • A variety of settings to pursue elective experience, including:
      • The Perinatal Center at Crouse Hospital
      • An away obstetrical elective
      • Additional OB at St. Joseph’s Maternal Child Health Center/Labor and Delivery
      • Pairing with a private attending in a private office
    • Working with attending physician Luis Castro, M.D. at the Westside Clinic during your third year
      • See patients weekly throughout the course of a year
      • Patients who go into labor during those months will be delivered by the resident
    • Opportunities for teaching
    • Opportunity to participate in all MOREOB workshops throughout the year.

    Women's Health Track
    Residents interested in learning or enhancing their women's health skills may complete the Women's Health Track. Curriculum and coursework include:

    • A selection of additional electives:
      • Colposcopy experience: Become proficient in colposcopy, culminating in readiness to take the colposcopy exam and become certified
      • Experience with an attending physician, Stephen Hoag, MD and the residency faculty working in office with GYN-consult patients to further enhance skills in women's health issues
    • Proficiency in performing LEEP independently
      • A longitudinal LEEP experience can be pursued by interested residents and includes one-on-one training in LEEP with multiple sessions scheduled for hands-on practice with patients
    • Opportunities for teaching GYN skills and lectures, as well as opportunities for writing during the year
    • Flexibility to pursue individual interests

+ Master of Public Health Track

    Residents interested in obtaining a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree may begin this pursuit while still in residency training. The MPH Graduate Degree Program, co-sponsored by SUNY Upstate Medical University and the Maxwell School of Citizenship of Syracuse University, will work to:

    • Develop an individualized, coordinated curriculum in which the resident can use residency elective time to pursue course credit towards the MPH
    • Enable most residents to obtain the MPH degree with only an additional 12 months of coursework upon completion of their residency
    • For in-depth, additional information about the Central New York Master of Public Health Program, please refer to www.upstate.edu/cnymph.
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