What we, the Modesto Residents, love about our program
The Call Schedule: Varies by rotation. No 24 hour calls, except for PGY2 and PGY3 on OB rotation. Second year residents work Night shifts (Weekday or Weekend Night Float) to cover medicine, and surgery 7 nights of the week. These residents work closely with a third year night resident who acts as consultant and "back-up" at all times. After covering night duty, we leave the hospital by 8:30am at the latest.
Behavioral Science Seminar:
At least once or twice a month, we will meet as individual classes to discuss how residency in going. This time is built into all of our schedules, where we meet in private sessions that allow us to share our experiences in residency, vent, and overall provide support for each other.
Night Call is only until 8am except Fridays and Saturdays. We cover
Night Float as a 2nd year.
Family Medicine Clinic: Our family medicine clinic features an electronic medical record and patient care teams. We each have our own medical assistant during clinic. We treat an underserved, multi-ethnic population including approximately 30-50% Spanish-speaking (depending on the resident's own Spanish fluency). We can learn group prenatal care on an elective basis. There is no assigned clinic after overnight duty. Patients per half day as a 1st year: 5, 2nd year: 7, 3rd year: 9.
Our Hospital: Doctors Medical Center of Modesto – great supportive social services, discharge planning, pristine modern facilities to give our underserved patients the best care in a private hospital setting. Our hospital is a Level 2 Trauma Center, and has received distinction in the care of Chest Pain and Stroke. Ample Free parking in doctors' lot, private call rooms with cable TV.
The Learning: We have great interactions with our Attendings, many of whom graduated from our program in the past. We have a weekly half-day of lecture session where we all come together for learning. Each Wednesday morning at 7am we conduct Grand Rounds, a case-based didactic session led by medicine residents, alternating with Cardiology Grand Rounds, an interactive seminar led by one of our community cardiologists.
Unopposed training: we are an "unopposed ACGME residency", so we work in all areas of the hospital, including labor and delivery, surgery, medicine, and ICU. ACLS, NRP, ALSO courses provided by the program.
The Food: Gourmet meals prepared by a private chef every lunch for
doctors in our lounge. Food in the cafeteria is free at all times.
Obstetrics: Most first year residents perform 40-60 deliveries in their first month of OB, via 12-hour day or night shifts on labor and delivery. Residents who choose to concentrate elective time toward OB typically achieve well over 100 deliveries over three years. We do High Risk Obstetrics with obstetricians, and Low Risk with Family Medicine Attendings. We assist on Cesarean sections. We have beautiful labor and delivery suites.
Procedures: Learning any procedure is open to any of us (especially
if we hang out in the E.R. a lot), however, we all do Circs, Radial
Art Lines, Central Lines, Intubations, Colposcopy, Vasectomy,
Bilateral Tubal Ligations, joint injections, paracentesis,
thoracentesis, LP's, Flex Sig, Skin Biopsies, toenail removals, etc,
based on interest and necessity.
The Residents: We are a big family, we get together at least once a
week to hang out. Average age: 29, 2/3 married, 1/3 single.
Perks: $1000 move in grant. Graduated education allowance (PGY1: $1100, PGY-2: $1200, PGY-3: $1300), our Medical License is
paid for. We have 12 paid holidays per year, if you happen to be on
call that day, you enjoy a day off at another time. Two personal days
per year. 6 weeks elective away with International rotations
encouraged. 4 weeks vacation per year.