Curriculum - General Resources

General Curriculum Resources

Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education – Family Medicine Program Requirements

The ACGME Family Medicine Program Requirements, which list the essential curriculum components offered by a family medicine residency, can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education - GME Focus

GME Focus is an online collection of summaries and commentaries on the current literature on graduate medical education. Modeled after similar resources in the field of clinical medicine, GME Focus scans the medical education literature and summarizes articles of interest to program directors, DIOs, faculty, residents, researchers and medical educators, and makes the summaries available in an easily accessible location open to the public.

For questions about GME Focus, please contact Cynthia Taradejna in the Department of Field Activities at 319/755-5004. 

AAFP Recommended Curriculum Guidelines For Family Medicine Resdents

The AAFP Commission on Education, working closely with family medicine residency programs, has developed over thirty-five guidelines to support the training and development of family medicine residents. 

AAFP Metric Program – a free resource for family medicine residency programs

This is an innovative online practice improvement program that allows you and your residents to engage in an easy-to-use practice improvement initiative that enhances patient care and training. Available modules address Asthma, Coronary Artery Disease, COPD Depression and Geriatrics. Click on Group Enrollment link to learn more.

American Board of Family Medicine

This blueprint provides an outline of the content for the Certification/Recertification Examination. It applies only to the portions of the examination that will be taken by all candidates, and does not include the modules (e.g., Ambulatory Family Medicine, Care of Children and Adolescents). The categories included in the outline are used in the score reports. Some programs pattern their didactic curriculum after this breakdown of topics. PDF available here.

American Family Physician - six article series on teaching the principles of evidence-based medicine

 The editors of American Family Physician want to ensure physicians have access to practical, user-friendly information and resources on finding good clinical evidence and putting it into practice. This six-part series covers, Keeping Up with the Medical Literature: How to Set Up a System, How to Find Answers to Clinical Questions, Diagnosis: Making the Best Use of Medical Data, Evaluating and Understanding Articles About Treatment, Finding High-Quality Review Articles and Identifying and Using Good Practice Guidelines.

Areas of Concentration (AOC) Guidelines
pdf available here

Individual Areas of Concentration (AOC) provide a common framework around which residents, program directors and faculty may design additional training that is above and beyond the core training in family medicine. The AFMRD presents these as guidelines for use by program directors and residency faculty to design focused training that will serve a resident in his/her future career in family medicine.

Core Content Review of Family Medicine

The Core Content Review of Family Medicine is a joint production of the Connecticut and Ohio Academies of Family Physicians. The material is authored by a national faculty of physicians and other healthcare professionals. The Core Content Review of Family Medicine features questions with corresponding in-depth discussions covering over 40 different subject categories of family medicine/primary care.

Models of Innovation. A Longitudinal Curriculum in Family Practice Residency Education: An STFM Monograph

STFM Family Medicine Digital Resource Library

This free “learning community” resource provides an online repository of curriculum resources and tools shared mostly in the form of conference presentations/handouts. It includes PowerPoint lectures, learning modules, digital images, audio, and video files, standardized patient cases and other curricular materials. It can be searched by topic, author or the term “residency curriculum.”

Specific Curriculum Resources and Examples

Developing a Good Journal Club

This is a curriculum to teach how to run and use a journal club in a residency. It is in the form of brief (13 min) videos that can be downloaded to an iPod if desired.

ECG Interpretation Blog
Ken Grauer, MD (Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine) is well known to the AAFP for his cardiology-related writings and for numerous ECG Review talks he has given at AAFP Conferences for many years. He has just come out with a FREE Educational ECG Interpretation Blog. The link is:

The site is self-explanatory and very user-friendly. Has an expanding array of ECG case studies with detailed explained answers, as well as a series of PDF and other interactive education materials on ECG and Arrhythmia interpretation. Excellent for family medicine residents and medical students.

Fatigue and Impairment

The LIFE Curriculum is a collaborative effort of Duke University Hospital, the UNC Hospitals, the NC AHEC, and the NC Physician's Health Program to assist graduate medical education programs, their residents, and faculty to prevent, identify, and manage resident fatigue and impairment. The project is funded in part by a grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.

Institute for Health Care Improvement
Patient safety curriculum.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Free, science-based resources for clinicians and curriculum resources about drug abuse and addiction developed by family medicine physician educators and NIDA.

Ophthalmology Curriculum with Slides and Cases

The University of Michigan "The Eyes Have It" is available free online. 

Reproductive Health Access Project Website

Using papayas as uterine models to introduce medical students and residents to the Manual Vacuum Aspiration has proved to be an excellent teaching tool.

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum

This free and popular curriculum is readily available for use by residency programs. The curriculum and supporting resources can be downloaded from the STFM Family Medicine Digital Library.

Ultrasound Curriculum

"I recommend looking at the AIUM website. Last I checked, there was a recommended curriculum for OB/GYN residents. I've based my training on that set for some time now. Hall, Ogburn and Rodgers' article in OB/GYN Clinics is also a good place to start, because that's who we will be compared to." 
Teaching and Evaluating Ultrasound Skill Attainment: Competency-Based Resident Ultrasound Training for AIUM Accreditation Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics - Volume 33, Issue 2 (June 2006)
Kent Lee, MD, UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga, Tennessee. AFMRD Member