Block Curriculum

residentsmeetingA major feature of the block curriculum is the Family Medicine Inpatient Service. This service comprises residents and family medicine attendings, and provides comprehensive patient care in a family medicine model. Thus patients are cared for in the medicine, surgery, pediatrics, maternity care, rehabilitation and emergency department arenas by the same inpatient team, striving for continuity between the hospital and the Family Medicine Center. Our integrated electronic medical record (EMR) facilitates transfer of information and coordination of care.

Our pediatric rotations are based at Miller Children’s and Women’s┬áHospital, the largest children’s hospital in California, on the Long Beach Memorial campus. The patient care and educational resources offered make the pediatric training (and patient care) here unsurpassed.


All blocks are 4 weeks in duration.

First Year

  • Family Medicine Inpatient Service (4 blocks)
  • Obstetrics
  • Cardiology
  • MICU
  • Pediatrics Outpatient
  • Pediatrics Inpatient
  • Surgery Inpatient
  • Neonatology
  • Gynecology

Second Year

  • Family Medicine Inpatient Service (9 weeks)
  • Pediatrics Inpatient
  • Cardiology
  • Obstetrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Westside Clinic
  • Orthopaedics
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Health Systems Management
  • Elective – 1 week

Third Year

  • Family Medicine Inpatient Service (6-7 weeks)
  • Gynecology
  • Urology
  • Community Medicine
  • ENT/Ophthalmology
  • Westside Clinic
  • Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Outpatient Pediatrics
  • Electives – 16 weeks