Family Medicine Residency Program

The Curriculum

Three residents consulting

The curriculum has been designed:


  • To satisfy all requirements which qualify program graduates to take the certifying examination of the American Board of Family Medicine.


  • To meet all of the requirements of the common and Family Medicine specialty specific program training requirements as stipulated by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.


  • To meet the training needs of physicians who will require strong ambulatory care and inpatient skills, and who will need the most practical and relevant education for modern practice.


  • To include unique and enriching learning experiences which will assist program graduates in roles which require special skills in geriatrics, community medicine, practice management, managed care, preventive medicine, nutrition, patient education, quality improvement and data management.


Block Rotations

PGY-I: First Year


  • Orientation - 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine Service - 16 weeks
  • Critical Care - 4 weeks
  • Obstetrics - 8 weeks
  • Pediatrics (Inpatient) - 8 weeks
  • Surgery - 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine - 2 weeks
  • Newborn Nursery - 2 weeks
  • Neonatal Resuscitation - 2 weeks
  • Night Shift - 2 weeks

1. Orientation includes introduction to behavioral sciences and community medicine, qualifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Advanced life support for OB (ALSO), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, management of emergencies, procedural skills, team building, ambulatory patient care and practice management.

2. First year residents are assigned to one to two half-day(s) clinic(s) per week in the Family Health Center.

3. Three weeks vacation is assigned in one week intervals in selected rotations.

PGY-II: Second Year


  • Family Medicine Service - 16 weeks
  • Adolescent Medicine - 2 weeks
  • Pediatrics (Outpatient) - 2 weeks
  • Surgery - 4 weeks
  • ENT - 2 weeks
  • Behavioral Science 
  • Immunity Medicine - 32 weeks
  • Gynecology - 4 weeks
  • Cardiology - 4 weeks
  • Geriatrics - 4 weeks
  • Neurology - 4 weeks
  • Night Shift - 6 weeks
  • Hospice/End of Life Care - 1 week
  • AIDS - 1 week

1. Second year residents see patients in the Family Health Center on three to four half-days each week.

2. A total of three weeks vacation is available and is scheduled for one week intervals during selected rotations.

PGY-III: Third Year


  • Family Medicine Service - 8 weeks
  • Management of Health Systems - 2 weeks
  • Ophthalmology - 2 weeks
  • Urology - 2 weeks
  • Behavioral Science - 1 week
  • Occupational Medicine - 2 weeks
  • Addiction Medicine - 2 weeks
  • Dermatology - 2 weeks
  • Orthopedics - 6 weeks
  • Electives - 3 weeks
  • Night Shift - 6 weeks
  • CME - 1 week
  • Sports Medicine - 2 weeks

1. Third year residents are assigned to see patients four half-days in the Family Health Center per week.
2. A total of three weeks vacation is available and is scheduled in one or two week intervals during selected rotations.
3. Third year residents receive up to one week to complete Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs which will prepare them for practice and to adopt a habit of life-long learning.
4. Third year residents may schedule up to 4 weeks for an International Elective.

Other Training

In addition to scheduled rotations, obstetrics, maternal and child health, behavioral science, community medicine, radiology, geriatrics and practice management are taught in a three year continuum through conferences, ward experiences and in the Family Health Center.

Residents participate in many community activities including health fairs, sports participation physicals, and departmental meetings such as the QA/QI committee.

As a committed and traditional teaching institution, White Memorial Medical Center provides residents with strong, participatory, "hands-on" training experiences in patient care, while providing access to tertiary care services to the community.

Faculty make teaching and supervision their first priority. Faculty with teaching assignments are never assigned to other simultaneous responsibilities, such as faculty patient care.


While nearly all rotation assignments take place on the White Memorial Medical Center campus, outstanding electives are available at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and Shriners Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, as well as White Memorial Medical Center. Because of the size and diversity of these institutions, almost any elective experience can be requested.

In addition, several residents have completed international medicine electives throughout Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia with a focus on studying comparative health care systems, global health policies, and cross-cultural medicine.


Conditions & Treatments