Nationally Recognized Curriculum

Family Medicine Residency Program

ChristianaCare’s Family Medicine Residency Program has an innovative longitudinal curriculum. Our innovations have led to transformation and changes in the content, structure and location of residency training. We are proud to share that we have ACGME Osteopathic Recognition.

Examples of changes to our first-year curriculum:

Sample schedule for Family Medicine

Traditional ChristianaCare
Family Medicine
Traditional obstetrics Ambulatory reproductive care
Inpatient surgery Outpatient surgery
CCU Outpatient cardiology
Tertiary ICU Tertiary ICU + Community ICU
1 office session/week 2 average sessions/week

Some highlights of our program:

Training in high-quality ambulatory care

Residents will focus on ambulatory care learning because family medicine physicians spend the majority of their time in the outpatient setting.

Individualized curriculum and interest tracks

While our primary goal is to train residents in core family medicine, we strongly believe in nurturing the interests of residents. With our longitudinal curriculum, we are able to tailor the curriculum to an individual resident’s needs and interest.

Program highlights

Residents will serve two practices in three locations. One practice offers care to a suburban and urban underserved population. The other practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Details of our curriculum


To create the most positive transition to your residency experience, we devote the first month of internship to family medicine orientation.
The purpose of this month is to:

  • Immerse interns in ambulatory family medicine.
  • Allow residents to become thoroughly comfortable with our office, our staff, our faculty and our residents before going to other services and rotations.
  • Provide interns with an early sense of belonging to the Family Medicine Department.

The components of this orientation are:

  • Shadowing to learn flow.
  • Meeting the nurses, front desk staff, preceptors, residents, etc.
  • Ambulatory didactics.
    • Procedural training.
    • Billing and coding.
    • EMR training, pearls, practice.
    • Chronic disease management.
    • Social determinants of health.
    • Evidence-based medicine.
    • Advocacy.
    • Inpatient orientations.
    • “A day in the life of an intern.”
  • Interns will have at least seven office-hour sessions in the first month of training

Thursday afternoon conference

Residents attend resident conference every Thursday afternoon, unless on a rotation that provides its own specialized didactics.

Conference consists of a mix of lectures and small-group case-based learning workshops, simulated learning and field trips. Residents give various presentations, including morning report and morbidity and mortality report.

Year 1 Schedule for Family Medicine Residency Program

Rotation Number of Weeks
Orientation  4
Outpatient Surgery  4
Outpatient Cardiology  2
Ambulatory Reproductive Health  6
Inpatient Pediatrics  4
Pediatric ER  2
Newborn Nursery  2
Family Medicine Inpatient 12
Broken into two to four week blocks, spread throughout the year, includes 4 weeks of night float.
Elective  8
Emergency Medicine  4
ICU  4
Vacation/Conference  3/1
May not be taken during inpatient rotations.

Program Years 2-3

The second- and third-year curriculum is longitudinal and incorporates core family medicine training with the innovative elements of our transformative approach. Opposed to the traditional one month rotation blocks, our program is arranged such that residents are on one week blocks called mini blocks. These mini blocks repeat through second and third year. This invites flexibility and repetition of learning into our curriculum.

Sample Upper Year Mini Block Schedule

Sample Mini Block
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Office Hours Sports Medicine Office Hours Office Hours ENT
PM Cardiology Office Hours Outside Continuity Site (such as a Wellness Center) Lecture Office Hours

Components include:

  • Second-year orientation will be held to transition first-year residents to upper-year status.
  • Experience in a broad spectrum of care, including nursing home, geriatric care (ambulatory and home visits), OB clinic, pediatric ER, urgent care, mobile health unit and rural rotations.
  • Six to eight weeks of daytime, inpatient coverage and three weeks of night float as part of Wilmington Hospital Inpatient Service (WHIP).
  • An opportunity for longitudinal electives, away or local elective rotations.