Specialized Tracks for Residency Training
The IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine offers many specialized tracks for residents in the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program. Residents can select from any of the available tracks.
Colon Health Track
Women's Health Track
Global Health Track
Sports Medicine Track
Residents interested in pursuing sports medicine fellowship or those with a significant interest in sports medicine activities are encouraged to consider taking part in the sports medicine track, which provides special education opportunities over the course of the three-year residency. Residents who complete this track are competitive for sports medicine fellowship positions throughout the United States.
The LGBTQ+ Health Track is intended to supplement the clinical training of residents interested in and committed to the whole-person care of sexual and gender minority patients. Through a collaboration with the Eskenazi Health Transgender Health and Wellness Program and other clinical partners in the Indianapolis area, select residents will be offered experiences during residency in clinics that serve the LGBTQ+ community and graduate with advanced skills like gender-affirming medical treatment. In addition to direct clinical experience and supervision, residents will be expected to engage in scholarly and volunteer/advocacy activities promoting health and wellness of the LGBTQ+ community as well as attend didactics teaching topics of advanced competency in the care of these patients. Opportunities for interprofessional collaboration as well as leadership in peer and medical education on LGBTQ+ health topics will also be core to the resident’s experience. The resident’s experience will be facilitated through collaboration with track leadership and an individually assigned mentor with whom the resident will meet at minimum twice annually.
During the first year of resident training, residents on the sports medicine track have the opportunity to work alongside a senior resident or sports medicine fellow at high school football games, masters-level swimming events and boxing events alongside a teaching physician, collaborate with teaching attendings on scholarly projects, participate in medical student teaching activities and participate in paid high school pre-participation physical events.
During the second year of residency, family medicine residents on this track have the opportunity to work as the head team physician at a local high school, cover IUPUI women’s softball team in the spring, and continue covering masters-level swimming and boxing events alongside a teaching physician. PGY2 residents continue to work on scholarly projects and research activities and participate in paid high school pre-participation physical events. Additionally, scheduling support is provided to allow away rotations in sports medicine in the spring in order to gain experience and audition for sports medicine fellowship positions. There is also residency support to attend the AMSSM annual meeting.
During the third year, family medicine residents continue their roles as head physician at local high schools, and residents at this stage of training have the opportunity to cover IUPUI women’s volleyball along with masters-level swimming and boxing events alongside a teaching physician. There is an additional sports medicine focused orthopedic rotation with the opportunity to work with musculoskeletal radiology. Scheduling support is continued to allow away rotations in sports medicine (if not already taken). Additionally, residency support is available to attend one of the ACSM team physician courses.
Third-year residents on the sports medicine track can present monthly lectures for the medical student clerkship and take a leadership role in organizing the high school pre-participation physical events. Residents can begin official fellowship application process in late summer and interview with fellowships during the fall.