Family Medicine Residency
The inpatient medicine rotation exposes residents to a wide range of learning cases and hospital procedures. Each medicine team is composed of two interns, two second-year residents and one third-year resident. On this busy service, resident responsibilities include admitting and managing patients on the general medical floors, coronary care, and neurologic and medical intensive care units. Residents also serve on the Code Blue team for the entire hospital. This diverse patient population provides a varied array of interesting medical cases for residents to practice and refine their critical thinking and clinical skills. Our outstanding teaching staff is made up of our own family medicine faculty as well as specialty community physicians.
Pediatric rotations include inpatient, outpatient and emergency experience ranging from normal growth and development to acute and chronic conditions, and meet the rotation requirements for the “Areas of Concentration” in pediatrics. Residents will learn age-appropriate management of pediatric medical, nutritional, behavioral and emotional issues from newborn care to the pre-college physical. First-year residents rotate at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, which is located adjacent to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Our residents work alongside pediatric residents from the University of South Florida in a stimulating clinical and academic environment. As a Level III Perinatal Center, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg provides tertiary care to high-risk pregnant women. This means we have a high volume of newborn assessment, resuscitation and intensive care cases in our newborn nursery. Each resident also participates in a longitudinal pediatric experience in their own clinical practice, and elective time can be used to further development in more specialized areas of pediatrics or to increase their exposure to general pediatrics. With this robust experience in pediatrics over the three years, residents receive excellent preparation for proficiency in the complete and continuum of care for all pediatric patients.
Our family medicine residents work alongside their counterpart Bayfront Health St. Petersburg OB-GYN residents in a very structured clinical and academic rotation. Under the supervision of faculty and senior residents, residents learn how to provide prenatal care for normal and high-risk pregnancies. Because Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is a Level III Perinatal Center, residents gain valuable experience with high-risk obstetrical care. The gynecology rotation provides residents with experience in colposcopy, contraceptive guidance and well-woman care. Over the three years, the knowledge and skills learned on these rotations are refined in each resident’s own longitudinal clinical practice.
In our demanding ER rotation, residents work alongside emergency medicine faculty to evaluate and treat minor emergencies as well as full trauma alerts in Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s busy Level II Trauma Center. The Bayflite helicopter transport service further extends our service area for treating critically ill and injured adults and children. This hands-on experience continues in the surgery rotation where residents work directly with our surgical faculty.
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s psychiatry and behavioral medicine curriculum consists of three components: the conference series, behavioral medicine rotations and clinical preceptorship. The behavioral medicine rotations provide residents with an invaluable outpatient experience in the behavioral and psychiatric problems most often encountered in family medicine. Clinical precepting consists of day-to-day teaching with patients.
Interns and senior residents participate in night rotation Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 am, in two-week block rotations. Weekend call coverage is provided in a similar manner with 12-hour day and night shifts.
Daily lunchtime teaching conferences are the primary didactic portion of the residency program and are organized to cover all aspects of family medicine. Additional daily conferences are held for the inpatient medical service. Residents and attending staff are part of weekly grand rounds, which often feature guest speakers. Journal club meetings, emphasizing evidence-based medicine and critical thinking skills, are held monthly as part of the noon conference.
Directly adjacent to the hospital, the Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Family Care Center serves as the family medicine and OB-GYN ambulatory care facility. It is equipped to provide outpatient services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, dermatologic procedures, and well-woman care including colposcopy. The center also has a dedicated social worker as an added resource for patient assistance and education.
The center’s family medicine clinic is a model of service and education in providing care for a diverse patient population with a wide range of ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our staff consists of nurses, residents and faculty who care for more than 1,000 patients each month. In addition, many Bayfront Health St. Petersburg team members choose our residents as their primary care providers, for themselves and their families. Starting in their first year, residents develop their own clinical practices under the supervision and guidance of our faculty.
Located next door to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is a 216-bed tertiary care pediatric hospital featuring a 25-bed pediatric emergency room as well as a pediatric intensive care unit and Level 3 neonatology intensive care unit (NICU). In addition to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg's family medicine residency, All Children’s Hospital serves as a teaching institution for the University of South Florida’s (USF) pediatric residency program. Our residents work alongside USF pediatric residents on the inpatient pediatrics rotation and in the pediatric ER. The variety of cases coupled with the outstanding teaching faculty create an excellent learning environment for our residents. All Children’s Hospital’s proximity to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg also offers our residents an enhanced educational experience in obstetrics. Many women with high-risk pregnancies deliver their babies at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Baby Place because of its proximity to the Level 3 NICU at All Children’s Hospital.