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
The Colon Health Track trains residents who are interested in providing screening endoscopy services to their future patient populations. Many rural and underserved populations have decreased screening rates for colon cancer, and a primary care physician performing this screening increases both convenience and compliance. This track involves a formal curriculum for screening and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders beyond those required for the core residency competencies. It also provides a longitudinal opportunity to perform colonoscopies under the direction of other primary care physicians during the second and third year of residency. Each resident in this track is expected to complete at least 100 colonoscopies and perform a screening colonoscopy with standard biopsy techniques independently before graduation.
Women's Health Track
The Women’s Health Track allows residents an increased concentration in both obstetrics and gynecology. With the guidance of practicing family medicine faculty, family medicine residents gain obstetrics experience with several faculty physicians privileged in operative obstetrics. During the second and third year of residency training, residents on this track are assigned to an outreach obstetric clinic, a federally qualified health center, as one of their continuity clinics, where IU School of Medicine faculty provide patient services. This clinical setting allows for increased outpatient management of women’s health in obstetrics and gynecologic procedures. This track includes focused experience in ultrasound services, support to attend formal ultrasound courses and additional electives in Women’s Health. Call systems are developed with participants for cesarean deliveries, tubal ligations and D&Cs with the Family Medicine faculty. Participants in this track are encouraged to participate in monthly journal club.
Global Health Track
The Global Health Residency Track at IU School of Medicine is designed to foster appreciation of the health disparities that exist throughout the world. The program fosters valuable mentor relationships between faculty and residents that inspire long-term commitments to global health issues. Program components include an international field experience that residents complete a two-month field experience at an approved partnership site. Participants in the Global Health Residency Track are given special preference for scheduling their international experience. Residents accepted into the track should expect to use their two away electives for this experience.
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.