The focus of the ambulatory care track is to provide comprehensive primary care training with an emphasis on preparing individuals for careers in community-based or academic general internal medicine. The Ambulatory Care Track at MCW has evolved considerably since it was initiated in 1985 and has been the originating foundation for many of our innovative curricular programs. Our Ambulatory Care Program Director is Dr. Amalia Lyons.
The focus of the resident's ambulatory care training program is the development of a strong continuity clinic-based practice. Although interns attend only one half-day clinic session per week, second and third year residents are in clinic two sessions per week. Ambulatory Care residents have one of their clinic sites are Froedtert Internal Medicine Clinic, which has a diverse patient population and offers the opportunity to manage many disease states in an academic setting. The second clinic site is at the VA, and HIV clinic, or a community-based clinic, with opportunities to learn and practice in various health care systems. All sites offer a high-volume, full-service clinic, where residents and faculty work in a group-practice setting, utilizing nurse-practitioners, social workers, and a full technical staff. Residents work consistently with a mentoring ambulatory care track faculty and establish their own patient panel which they follow throughout their entire residency program.
Third year ambulatory care residents rotate through a longitudinal ambulatory care experience, called the ambulatory care block. This unique rotation is a three-month block near the end of the third year that focuses on gearing up ambulatory care residents for practice. The block offers flexibility in didactics and clinical settings to allow residents to tailor the rotation to their needs, so to better prepare them for their own practice. Additionally, there is a focus on “mentorship” during the block, where residents work longitudinally with various primary care faculty to gain experience and knowledge about specific topics important to an ambulatory care practice.