University of Hawaii Family Medicine Residency Program

Each of the three training years is divided into thirteen 4-week blocks. Frequency of call averages every 6th to 7th night during the three years with more frequent call in the first year. Duty hours for all of our rotations adhere to the ACGME Institutional Requirements of no more than 80 duty hours per week averaged over a four-week rotation, including call no more frequently than every third night, and requiring one day off in seven. A minimum of 10-hour rest period is also scheduled between duty assignments.

Each training year, a resident receives 3 weeks of vacation. Vacation is taken in 1 and 2 week increments and is usually paired with Continuity Clinic (PCM), Surgical Subspecialities (SSE, URO or SSO), or Elective rotations.  Second and third year residents may opt to use elective time towards research, study (board review prep) or an elective of their choice.

Continuity of Care

The philosophy of continuity of care is emphasized throughout the curriculum and demonstrated in practice. This philosophy is shared with our family medicine continuity patients when they receive the clinic brochure, as well as with their appointment scheduling. Residents are encouraged to consider health maintenance and prevention issues at each patient visit; they are expected to complete and regularly update the patient database and health maintenance and medication flow sheets. Patient and family education and counseling are performed by the residents, as well as coordination of care and services. As continuity providers, residents coordinate any necessary family meetings to facilitate discussion of placement or end-of-life issues or other issues facing their patient and their families.


Time is dedicated to Didactics for FM residents every Wednesday afternoon from 1-5pm.  The conference schedule is a three year plan of small group sessions designed to provide longitudinal education in areas not covered by rotations, as well as to enhance the information learned on various rotations. Beginning with the New Resident Training Block (first two weeks of the residency), residents receive a variety of didactic sessions and workshops emphasizing family systems and the biopsychosocial model of health care.  The issues discussed in the monthly biopsychosocial conferences and some grand rounds range from infancy to geriatrics issues, domestic violence, counseling and substance abuse.  Residents apply this information routinely when caring for their outpatients, inpatients, and long-term care patients.  The three-year series of conferences will be repeated so that all residents receive the same series of lectures during their training.  Residents are required to attend 75% of conferences (they are excused when they are post-call, on vacation, sick leave or on away rotations).

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