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Cedar Rapids Family Medicine Residency


First-Year Resident Requirements

The R1 year follows the traditional block rotation format, with13 rotations of four weeks each and 1-2 half-day sessions/week seeing patients in clinic:

Introduction to Family Medicine 
½ block (3 weeks)
Advanced Family Medicine
½ block (2 weeks)
Family Medicine Inpatient/ Adult Inpatient 
4 blocks 
General Surgery
1 block 
Surgical Subspecialty  (Eye/ ENT-including oral health/ urology)
1 block
*Critical Care/ ICU (no continuity clinic)
1 block
*Pediatric (Inpatient/NICU) 2 blocks
Obstetrics 2 blocks
*Orthopedics (General, Sub-specialty: Hand/ Podiatry, PT/OT) 1 block

* One week (up to 7 working days) allowed for vacation during these blocks only

Second- and Third-Year Resident Requirements

During the second and third years, residents are organized into teams. Each team functions as a group practice, giving patients more convenient access to physicians, eliminating barriers to care and promoting a multidisciplinary team approach, all in keeping with the concept of the Patient-Centered Medical Home.

The teams are scheduled based on a repeating eight-week block format, with one team resident on a focused Area of Concentration (AOC) for two weeks of that eight-week block, and other team members providing continuity coverage for that resident’s patients.

Once the two-week AOC is completed, that resident returns to the team, and another resident on the team begins a two-week AOC. By the end of each eight-week block, each resident will have spent two weeks on an AOC and six weeks in the continuity clinic.


Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Team A                
 - Resident 1                
 - Resident 2                
 - Resident 3                
 - Resident 4                

Blocked weeks are when the resident does a focused two-week Area of Concentration (AOC)
Not only does this format afford increased clinic time, providing broader office-based experience, but it also allows for more in-depth AOC encounters. Residents on AOCs, for example, are excused from all Family Medicine call and clinic duties for those two weeks (team members cover in their absence), the better to ensure that an Area of Concentration is truly a concentrated experience.


Second- and Third-Year Areas of Concentration (AOCs)

8  Required AOCs:

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • ER (2 needed in order to obtain required 200 contact hours)              
  • GYN
  • Sports Medicine/ Physical Medicine-Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric (2 required, both of which must be outpatient and/or school-based)

5 Elective AOCs

  • Chosen by residents, based on their Personal Education Plans (PEP), in consultation with faculty WACKOs and with the Program Director’s approval


Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation (CRMEF)

1260 2nd Avenue SE • Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 • Phone: (319) 297-2300 • Fax: (319) 297-2280