Specialty Tracks & Areas of Concentration
HIV Medicine Track
The HIV Medicine track provides a longitudinal experience in outpatient management of HIV infection with the goal of realizing competence that allows graduates to incorporate HIV Medicine as a portion of their Primary Care practice. Residents will participate in a supervised continuity clinic in years two and three in which they will develop a small panel of patients living with HIV. With graduated responsibility, they will manage Anti-Retroviral therapy, treat opportunistic infections and common co-infections such as sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis, and develop competency in managing HIV infection across the lifespan. In addition to dedicated clinic sessions precepted by Infectious Disease and HIV specialists, residents will participate biweekly in the Pacific AETC’s HIV Learning Network telehealth program and obtain access to a suite of online learning materials. Upon completion of the program, residents sit for the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) specialty certification exam, thus obtaining the designation of ‘AAHIVS’ or HIV Specialist.
The Sports Medicine track is for residents interested in pursuing additional experience in treating musculoskeletal issues commonly found in the outpatient setting. Family Health Centers of San Diego has a Sports Medicine department comprised of fellowship-trained family medicine doctors, physical and occupational therapists and chiropractors. All residents complete a month of Sports Medicine, but those in the track participate in additional opportunities such as local sports coverage, pre-participation physicals and monthly clinics in our Sports Medicine clinics starting in their second year. They learn how to perform ultrasounds, injections, splinting and casting. They attend musculoskeletal didactics and conferences. They work with leading sports medicine doctors in the San Diego area. Residents in this track are generally interested in pursuing a Sports Medicine Fellowship.
The Global Health Area of Concentration (GHAOC) provides residents with exposure and training in the health care of special populations of underserved patients-refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers-in the context of their home country, community and family structure. The residents develop their knowledge of the social, geopolitical and cultural aspects affecting health beliefs and practices in the US and abroad. All residents rotate through Community Medicine in their first year and work with FHCSD’s large network of local community partners who work with refugees and immigrants. Community partnerships that enhance our “glocal” experiences include: Dialogue with the Doctor monthly series with United Women’s East African Support Team, partnership with Survivors of Torture International to include training in forensic examinations for asylum seekers and Dunya Women’s Health Collaborative which focuses on Female Genital Cutting care best practices. Those in the GHAOC complete a one month Global Health Community Medicine “glocal” elective in their second year. In their third year, the GHAOC residents complete an elective abroad and are encouraged to present their scholarly or QI project at a Global Health scholarly conference.
The Integrative Medicine Track provides residents with exposure and training that seeks to integrate the best of western scientific medicine with the broader understanding of the nature of illness, healing and wellness. Those in track will complete the University of Arizona Online Integrative Medicine in Residency online curriculum. They will also complete a two or four week month Integrative Medicine elective either with San Diego-based practitioners or at the University of Arizona in Tucson campus. Residents will have Integrative Medicine patients scheduled in their Family Medicine clinic as part of the recurring Behavioral Health schedule providing an opportunity for continued practice. In their third year, the residents are encouraged to present their scholarly or QI project at an Integrative Medicine-oriented scholarly conference.