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Educational Tracks

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center offers a number of educational tracks for residents to enhance their skills and pursue careers in specific areas of medicine. Through hands-on patient care, additional elective coursework, and the mentorship of experienced professionals, residents gain the knowledge and confidence to succeed in their respective fields.
  • Global Health Track/International Medicine Rotation
  • Sports Medicine Track
  • Hospitalist Track
  • Obstetrics/Women's Health Track
  • Master of Public Health Track

Global Health Track/International Medicine Rotation

International Health Track Proclamation
Nations as diverse as Bhutan, Bosnia, Cambodia, Laos, Liberia, Sudan, Somalia, Vietnam and the former Soviet Republics are represented in the immigrant and refugee populations treated every day at St. Joseph's Family Medicine Center. St. Joseph's tradition of excellence in family medicine and service to our community continues—endeavoring to extend beyond the borders of Syracuse, into the homelands of our patients—by offering a Global Health Track.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.

St. Joseph's has the largest Family Medicine Residency in the Northeast. This gives our global health residents the freedom and flexibility to spend at least two months of their elective time on clinical rotation in a developing country of their choice. To build a foundation for that work, interns rotate in a rural hospital, honing their obstetric and general surgery skills.

Our affiliation with SUNY Upstate Medical University and our own infectious disease department provide didactic and practical training in tropical and infectious diseases, including directly observed therapy for TB and HIV. Additionally, global health residents spend a month working in a local international travel clinic learning immunization protocols and tropical disease prophylaxis.

To explore the logistics and politics of health care delivery in the developing world, global health residents are required to complete an interdisciplinary project of their own design in conjunction with the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Our program's great strength is its adaptability. With the support of the family medicine faculty, the Global Health Track evolves and grows to meet objectives defined by individual residents.

  • Progressive, interdisciplinary, holistic, comprehensive approach to health care
  • Developing physicians with the skills and knowledge base to deliver high-quality health care in resource-poor communities both here and abroad
  • Three core principles: solid clinical training, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, community and international outreach
  • Global Health journal club and lecture series in association with SUNY Upstate and Syracuse University
  • Global Health rotations here and abroad, including Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Guatemala, Nepal, China
Goals and Objectives
Provide additional procedural training for family medicine residents:
  • Advanced OB and C-sections (additional training beyond residency)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases
  • Procedures: vaginal deliveries, operative obstetrics, dermatologic procedures
  • International disasters preparedness
Methodology (elective opportunities)
  • Two months working in a rural hospital with a family doctor and general surgeon (office hours one day per week to maintain continuity)
  • One month working with a local international travel clinic• Up to three months of elective time working in a Third World country with supervision
  • Research project in international health performed in conjunction with Syracuse University
  • Individual study with Internet resources
  • Observation by preceptor while working in a developing country• Evaluation by preceptors
  • Record of all procedures maintained by each resident and signed off by the preceptor
  • Entrance and exit interview with faculty advisor
  • Residents will write a paper pertaining to their experience

Sports Medicine Track

Primary Care Sports Medicine Curriculum
Residents interested in focusing their talents on sports medicine may sign up for the Sports Medicine Track, which will prepare them to care for both medical and orthopedic problems in the context of competitive sports. Residents in this track will:
  • Work closely with family medicine attending physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers 
  • Work directly with faculty members at Syracuse University, the Syracuse Chiefs Triple-A baseball team and local high schools 
  • Learn injury care, such as bracing, orthopedic injections, pulmonary function tests and casting of orthopedic injuries 
  • Become familiar with illnesses and medical conditions related to sports

Residents interested in sports medicine fellowship training will be supported and mentored in achieving that goal. This will include research and scholarly activities with potential presentations and publications. 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 Ohio State University.
Hospitalist Track

Those interested in pursuing additional training in hospital medicine may enroll in the Hospitalist Track, which prepares residents for all aspects of hospital medicine upon graduation. Curriculum and coursework include:
  • Three months of inpatient medicine in the first year, four months in the second year and three months in the third year
  • Specific reading assignments with expected mastery of the information
  • Additional electives in palliative care, ICU medicine and various internal medicine specialties
  • Mastery of certain procedures relevant to hospital medicine
  • Specific seminars for residents in the Hospitalist Track with discussion topics relevant to a practicing hospitalist
  • Curriculum is based on the guidelines put forth by the Society of Hospital Medicine

Obstetrics/Women's Health Track

OB Track
Residents interested in practicing OB once they have completed their residency may pursue studies in the OB Track. Curriculum and coursework include:
  • An additional month of obstetrical night call in the second year during the behavioral science rotation
  • An additional month of OB elective in the second or third year
  • Elective OB experience can be done in any number of settings, including:
    • The Perinatal Center, taking OB call 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, seeing patients and taking call in their private offices
  • Covering OB patients from the Westside Clinic with an attending physician, Luis Castro, MD, during the third year:
    • OB patients will be seen with Dr. Castro on Monday afternoons during several identified months throughout the year
    • Patients who go into labor during those months will be delivered by the resident covering with Dr. Castro
  • Opportunity for teaching
  • Participate in all MOREOB workshops held during 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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