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Urgent Care Fellowship

Urgent Care Fellowship mission
The mission of the Urgent Care Fellowship is to provide a supply of formally trained physicians capable of performing at the highest levels of clinical competency and efficiency necessary for success in an urgent care setting.
 
 
Urgent Care Fellowship
The Urgent Care Fellowship is a one-year program that combines longitudinal experience at urgent care sites, specialty rotations and didactic training.
Administered through the College’s department of family and community medicine, fellows work on-site with experienced urgent care providers. Two fellowship positions are available, beginning August 1 of each year.
 
Fellowship partners
The College of Medicine operates three primary care clinics, a family health center and a women’s and children’s health center in the greater Rockford area.
Physicians Immediate Care (PIC) is an accredited, 12-clinic, multi-state network of urgent care centers, serving Rockford since 1987.
The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), founded in 2004, serves on a national and international scope, joining together urgent care centers in the USA and worldwide.UCAOA provides educational programs, sponsors fellowships and extends accreditation to qualifying member sites.
 
Structure and Curriculum
The fellowship is highly experiential and fosters rapid learning. Fellowship-trained physicians develop a broader, more comprehensive base of knowledge and expertise in procedures in both the urgent and primary care settings.
 
Clinical training
Specialty block experiences:
 Orthopedics — 6 weeks (4 weeks general ortho, 2 weeks hand)
 ENT—2 weeks
 Dermatology—4 weeks
 Radiology—2 weeks
 Emergency medicine—6 weeks (core rotation)
 Ophthalmology—2 weeks
 Cardiology—2 weeks
 Elective—3 weeks
 Practice management—2 weeks
 
Longitudinal curriculum:
 Urgent care medicine
 Occupational medicine
 Core internal medicine
 Women’s health
 Pediatrics
 Radiology
 Podiatry
 Cardiology
 
Curriculum breakdown:
 20 – 30 hours per week at PIC during all rotations
 20 – 30 hours per week in specialty clinics
 Average 3 – 4 hours per week (sole practitioner) in U of I after-hours walk-in clinic
 
Didactic/procedural workshops:
 Core topics in urgent care medicine
 Coordinated by fellowship director
 
Teaching
Fellows have an optional opportunity to teach residents during their second six months of training.
 
Research
Fellows engage in research activities one half-day per week.
 
Evaluation methods
Multiple evaluation tools
Chart review, rotational evaluation, observation-precepting, procedural/case logs, etc.
Global evaluation based on the ACGME six core competencies
 
Compensation
 $55,000 per year annual stipend
 $2,000 continuing medical education fund
 21 days of paid vacation
 Liability and health insurance  
 
Fellowship candidacy
All candidates must:
Be a graduate of an ACGME or AOA accredited residency program in family medicine or combined medicine/pediatrics
 
Selection criteria
Excellent letters of recommendation
A well-written, appropriate statement of fellowship goals and specific training goals
Superior interview ratings by the Urgent Care Fellowship core faculty
 
Application
Submit all application materials and inquiries to Antoinette Richard, fellowship coordinator. All applications must include:
Letter of interest
Current curriculum vitae
Letter of reference from the family medicine residency program director, and three references from physicians or professionals in a related field
  
For more information
Other fellowship opportunities under development include, community health center leadership, primary care mental health, the medical humanities, women’s health, rural health research and sports medicine. For information about our fellowship programs, contact:
 
Antoinette Richard
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Family Medicine Residency
1221 E. State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61104
Tel: 815.972.1037 · Fax: 815.972.1092
E-mail: antoinet@uic.edu.
 
Farion R. Williams, MD
Associate Professor of
Family Medicine
Director of Fellowship Training and Faculty Development
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Family Medicine Residency
1221 E. State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61104