Curriculum Year 1

Curriculum Overview Chart (pdf)

The Memorial Family Medicine curriculum is based on American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Core Educational Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents and meets current Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program requirements. These documents are available in full through the Residency Coordinator's office or at the above organizations' web sites
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All residents and faculty have input into the curriculum, which will provide the skills and training needed for family physicians of the future.

Behavioral Medicine

Residents work one-on-one with a psychologist in our office, seeing patients with a wide variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and medication non-compliance – for patients of all age groups. The resident will also learn about different diagnostic and screening tools and outpatient resources for various psychiatric conditions. By the end of the rotation, the resident will have improved upon their interviewing skills and how to create a safe environment for sensitive conversations with patients. (2 weeks, 0.5 blocks)


Residents work with cardiologists at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital clinics. They are involved in inpatient consultations, as well as taking part in the consultants' office practice. In addition to learning about the management of ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, and hypertension, residents also learn how to do treadmill testing. Residents may also have the opportunity to shadow interventional cardiologist for their outpatient procedures from cardiac catheterizations to (4 weeks, 1 block)

Continuity Clinic

During this month, the resident is able to concentrate on ambulatory care and build their patient panel at Physicians at Sugar Creek. The resident spends the month in the Family Medicine Center seeing patients, receiving feedback on doctor-patient interaction techniques, and learning the "art of medicine." The clinic resident also takes part in diabetes clinic where they work with the in-house pharmacist and dietician to help patients better control and understand their diabetes. In diabetes clinic, residents will also review the different diabetes medications from oral to injectables, continuous glucose monitors, and how to counsel patients on following a proper diabetic diet. (4 weeks, 1 block)


In this outpatient rotation, residents become familiar with adult and pediatric dermatologic conditions. Our 1st year residents work directly with a Dermatologist and gain experience in evaluating and treating skin disorders and performing biopsies, destruction of skin lesions, and various other dermatology procedures. (2 weeks, 0.5 blocks)

Family Medicine Inpatient Service

Each resident is assigned patients on the inpatient service at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The resident, in consultation with the faculty attending and senior resident, manages the patient's care. Residents gain excellent experience in a wide range of medical problems. (4 weeks, 2 blocks)

General Surgery

The surgery rotation provides direct experience in preoperative evaluation of the surgical patient, surgical assisting, and postoperative management. Residents become skilled at first-assisting. In addition, the resident learns about the diagnosis of common surgical conditions, and when to call a surgical consultation. This rotation takes place at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and in our surgeon’s various clinics. (4 weeks, 1 block)

Emergency Medicine

Memorial Hermann's Southwest Emergency Room is a high-volume unit, and residents play an active role there. Working with attending emergency physicians, the residents evaluate and manage patients with medical and surgical problems. This rotation takes place at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. (4 weeks, 1 block)

Inpatient Pediatrics

Residents work with pediatric attendings to work up and manage various pediatric conditions. With the IMU level of care available at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, residents manage various acute conditions such as asthma exacerbation and bronchiolitis and learn when to transfer to higher level of care settings. The inpatient pediatrics rotation is done primarily at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. (4 weeks, 1 block)

Night Float

Residents care for Nursery and Adult patients in the hospital overnight and work with Senior Residents to admit new patients to the service. The schedule is Monday through Saturday morning, 5:30PM to 8:00AM. Morning rounds provide for teaching opportunities with faculty at the end of every shift. (2 weeks, 2 blocks)


The resident will learn uncomplicated labor and delivery, as well as common intrapartum and post-partum management and complications, through rounds and through patient management at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Supervision for the first year resident is provided directly by faculty and by direct upper resident staffing during the day as well as on call. The first year resident will also spend time in our own maternity clinic during this rotation. (4 weeks, 1 block)


Residents learn foundations in the diagnosis and management of joint injuries and fractures as well as preoperative, operative and postoperative care. Physical examination and techniques in casting, splinting, and joint injections and interpretation of musculoskeletal radiographs are taught. Residents rotate one-on-one with our volunteer private community orthopedic surgeons. (4 weeks, 1 block)

Pulmonary Medicine/ICU

Residents will work with an ICU attending in the mornings and a pulmonologist in-office in the afternoons during this rotation. In pulmonology clinic, residents will see patient with various acute and chronic pulmonary disease such as: pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, pneumothorax, COPD, asthma and congestive heart failure. In the ICU, residents will learn about key aspects of critical care including history taking, ventilation settings, and will have hands-on opportunities to learn intubation, chest tube placement, thoracenteses, and central line placement. This rotation takes place at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and a neighborhood clinic. (4 weeks, 1 block)