SOUTH NASSAU PRIMARY CARE
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is osteopathic medicine?
Physicians licensed as Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs), like their allopathic counterparts (MDs), must pass a national or state medical board examination in order to obtain a license to practice medicine. DOs provide comprehensive medical care to patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Currently, there are more than 50,000 DOs practicing in the United States. Reflecting the osteopathic philosophy of treating the whole person, many DOs serve in the primary care areas of family medicine, general internal medicine, and pediatrics, often establishing their practices in medically underserved areas. But many others are found in a wide range of medical and surgical subspecialties, as well as anesthesiology, sports medicine, geriatrics, and emergency medicine. Still others serve as health care policy leaders at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, an increasing emphasis on biomedical research at several of the osteopathic colleges has expanded opportunities for DOs interested in pursuing careers in medical research.
What is the call schedule like? Calls are tough, but are a great learning experience. As a first-year resident, the call is 12-16 hours in duration, and as a second year they are 12-24 hours in duration. Residents are on call throughout their three years of training. Usually, the resident will have one call-free weekend per month. Specialty Rounds.
What makes are program special? Being the only residency program sponsored by the hospital, you can expect to have access to all educational and clinical opportunities, as well as work alongside the attendings. You will be the first responder for all medical emergencies throughout the hospital (including the critical care units). This means you will be the code team leader, the person who evaluates patients with possible strokes, and, together with the neurologist, give TPA if warranted, and you will be the one who will be bedside with the patient having an acute MI, as they are on their way to the catheterization lab. It also means that you will have a wealth of opportunities to explore areas of interest, without any "competition" of other residents or fellows.
What is the lecture schedule like? We have a strong didactic series, consisting of 10 hours of protected time each week. The series of lectures includes lectures in all the core topics of family medicine, as well as board review, workshops, simulations, dermatology clinics, ECG rounds, etc.
What are the opportunities for employment? Residents almost always find jobs after they graduate. The practice management rotation that all residents have in the fall of their third-year prepares them for employment. During this time, residents prepare their CVs, assure that all their credentials are submitted for licensure (if not already done), and start their board application process. Residents have been welcomed with opportunities all over the country.
What kind of procedures do the residents do? Our residents have opportunities to do procedures every day. These procedures include, but are not limited to vaginal deliveries, cesarean sections, central line placements, ACLS/PALS/BLS, circumcisions, cryotherapy, IUD placements, joint aspirations and injections, vaccine administration, NG/OG tube insertions, incision and drainages, intubations, newborn resuscitations, OMT, pap smears, skin laceration repairs, toenail removals, and trigger point injections.
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