Nationally Recognized Curriculum

Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship

Christiana Care has been a top-rated academic medical center for more than a century. Our residents and fellows experience a rigorous and rewarding combination of academic training and hands-on experience.

Christiana Care develops physicians who are caring, compassionate and excellently prepared to help build future career in osteopathic medicine.

Each year, Christiana Care appoints two interns to the one-year Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship. The program emphasizes primary care for patients of all ages.

Traditional Track interns complete educational rotations in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, psychiatry and emergency medicine. Osteopathic and allopathic interns work side-by-side on each service throughout the internship year.

The osteopathic internship provides a linked program with the Internal Medicine Department. Candidates who enter for this track may directly move into the Internal Medicine department while fulfilling an AOA approved intern year. Family Medicine also offers an AOA-approved internship and the intern continues in the Family Medicine department to complete the AOA and ACGME-approved Family Medicine Program.

Academic program

Working in an office setting, Traditional Track interns focus on preventive health care, outpatient education and inpatient care. The curriculum includes training in osteopathic manipulation for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Inpatient service

Christiana Care’s Family & Community Medicine Department is our second largest, with a qualified and experienced attending staff of more than 150 physicians. The department’s adult inpatient service includes an average census of 16 patients, both on the floor and in the Intensive Care Unit at Wilmington Hospital. The challenging academic program is enhanced by the opportunity to rotate through other inpatient services, exposing interns to a wide range of patients from all major departments including:
Emergency Medicine.

  • Pediatrics.
  • Surgery.
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology.
  • Psychiatry.
  • Neurology.

Ambulatory care practice

Interns experience a typical group practice office setting at the Family Medicine Center on Foulk Road in Wilmington, Del., which cares for 15,000 patients annually. Interns gain experience in managing patients with a spectrum of insurance profiles, assisting in caring for individuals, as well as entire families. Interns also build computer skills and learn business and office management. Patient records and accounting are computerized.

On-call responsibilities

Interns are responsible for work-ups on all patients admitted to the Family & Community Medicine inpatient service, as well as for calls on patients of the service. Interns work under the close supervision of upper-year residents. The Family & Community Medicine teaching service averages three admissions per night. Call responsibilities vary by department, but with rare exceptions, average every fourth night for interns and less than once a week for residents. We observe all ACGME work-hour rules.

Support staff

Interns receive support from a wide range of ancillary services, including 24-hour phlebotomy and IV teams, respiratory therapists and EKG technicians. Christiana Care maintains appropriate levels of support staffing throughout all nursing units. Advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities such as nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging scans and linear accelerators, enhance interns’ performance in all phases of patient care. Christiana Care also has a state-of-the-art integrated hospital and laboratory information system.

Sample schedule

Sample block schedule for Christiana Care Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship

Sample block schedule for Christiana Care Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship