Curriculum

First Year

The first year at Altoona Family Physicians focuses extensively on the basics of family medicine to build a strong foundation with a heavy emphasis on inpatient medicine, outpatient medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics.

Second Year

The second-year at Altoona Family Physicians builds upon the strong foundation created during the first year of training with several specialty-based rotations, more time in the office, and supervision of first-year residents.

Third Year

The third-year at Altoona Family Physicians builds upon the previous training with significant elective time as well as an emphasis on practice management.

Individual Curricular Concentrations

The individual curricular concentrations (ICC), also known as "tracks,” allow AFP residents the opportunity to focus on an individual area of study during their residency. 

Osteopathic Curriculum

Altoona Family Physicians recognizes that Osteopathic Principles involve more than OMT. The program emphasizes the patient-centered approach of family and Osteopathic medicine.

Wellness Curriculum

At UPMC Altoona Family Physicians, resident wellness is a priority. We introduce resident wellness during Orientation, and this support continues throughout your residency. Our faculty are responsive to resident needs and have an “open-door” policy.

Call Schedule

We have a call system that balances progressive responsibility with appropriate supervision. We abide by ACGME work hours regardless of the rotation and constantly seek to ensure the wellbeing of our residents. 

Electives

Along with an excellent primary curriculum, we have a robust elective experience. Residents have 20 total weeks of elective time during their second and third years (10 weeks each year).

Didactics

We have a rigorous didactic schedule that balances learning and resident wellness.  Our “Noon Conferences” occur three to four days per week from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM.