Second Look 2019

(As we get ready for second look 2019 enjoy this UPDATED post with most commonly FAQs)

While we can't promise lanterns, The Transept is a cool converted church where we will host the resident and office staff cocktail hour on Jan 18..

While we can't promise lanterns, The Transept is a cool converted church where we will host the resident and office staff cocktail hour on Jan 18..

Now that it's January, it's time to start thinking about Second Look Weekend! This year we will be hosting our events Friday Jan 18th and Saturday Jan 19th. Before we get to the details-- and trust us, they are exciting-- we figured we would answer some questions first.

What is Second Look?

Second look is a weekend-long event that allows you to come back and visit Cincinnati without all the pressure of interview day. You can meet more residents and attendings, ask any questions that may have come to mind, and also get a sense of if you can truly live in Cincinnati for the next 3-5 years. 

Is it mandatory?

Nope! While we invite all of our interviewees, this is not a mandatory event. We understand that you are medical students who have rotations and clinical duties which can make it hard (not to mention expensive) to come back. 

Winter wonderland? Yes  Cold? Also yes  [Editors Note: The forecast currently calls for snow so this Californian will wear triple layers]

Winter wonderland? Yes

Cold? Also yes

[Editors Note: The forecast currently calls for snow so this Californian will wear triple layers]

Can my family come?

Absolutely! We welcome you to bring any of the “significant figures” (math joke) in your life. In the past we have had spouses, partners, siblings, and children. Remember that moving to Cincinnati does not just affect you. Making sure that the people in your support network can see themselves here is important to us too. Do remember to RSVP for these folks if they are joining any of the events. 

Your eyes do not deceive you. The night sky does say Cincinnati!

Your eyes do not deceive you. The night sky does say Cincinnati!

What should I bring?  Do I need a suit?

No suit required for this event, but make sure that you bring warm clothes and check the weather before hand. (Trust us, one of our Californian residents current has her office set to 82 and is working on transitioning blankets into daywear).  If you stick with business casual and warm coat you should be fine. No need to bring copies of your resumes or professional folios. We always recommend bringing a sense of adventure!

While we are pretty sure we wont meet Fiona at the Zoo, we do usually get to pet a friendly penguin.  [Editor Note 1: You should 100% follow the Cincinnati Zoo on Instagram because they keep posting adorable  photos of all the baby animals ]  [Editor Note 2: I don’t care what anyone says,  Winsol the Aardvark  has been lovable since day one]

While we are pretty sure we wont meet Fiona at the Zoo, we do usually get to pet a friendly penguin.

[Editor Note 1: You should 100% follow the Cincinnati Zoo on Instagram because they keep posting adorable photos of all the baby animals]

[Editor Note 2: I don’t care what anyone says, Winsol the Aardvark has been lovable since day one]

What is happening?

By now you should have gotten an e-mail from the program coordinator regarding the schedule. We start from 7-11 on Friday at The Transept for a cocktail hour with the residents- this gives you the chance to get a sense of us in a less formal atmosphere. Then Saturday from 9:30 to noon is the legendary Cincinnati bus tour. This is a can't-miss introduction to the city with commentary by our very own Reid Hartman and Jeff Schlaudecker. Finally we have lunch from 1-5 at the Cincinnati Zoo. Probably slightly more formal in tone, you can meet with residents and attendings to find out even more about our program. Also we usually get to pet a baby animal of some sort... which is awesome. (FMP applicants please note you have a slightly different schedule and we will reach out to you directly)

What if I can only come to part of the event?

Let us know! We would love to see you as much as we can. 

My roommate/best friend/adviser said that if I really want to be considered I have to go? 

It is our pleasure to host you for Friday night the 18th at Spring Hills Suites!

It is our pleasure to host you for Friday night the 18th at Spring Hills Suites!

See question 2, definitely not mandatory. Being able to come does not affect your position on the rank list. Communication is key from here on out. Email us and stay in touch. If there are any questions we can answer, let us know! If you want to come for a visit on a different date, reach out! Making sure to show us your interest in super important. 

Wait! You are paying for a hotel?!?!?

Yep! We are pleased to offer lodging for Friday the 18th at Spring Hills Suites. 

Office Thanksgiving

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Sometimes being in health care is hard. It’s not just the knowledge you need or the illness you see, but that you are asked to spend time away from your family and loved ones to help care for others. We strive to make sure our office family gets to enjoy the holidays no matter what our schedule looks like. This year we held an office wide potluck- which included no less than 9 types of desert. So yummy!

Global Health Book Club

The global health book club group— enjoying snacks, conversations and a baby!

The global health book club group— enjoying snacks, conversations and a baby!

Latest book club book.

Latest book club book.

Looking for a book to read while you’re traveling to interviews? You might want to consider the latest read from our global health book club! Factfulness by Hans Rosling encourages the reader to look beyond the headlines and see what the data says the world is actually like— not just what we think it’s like. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much progress has been made. If you want to start to test your world view take the GapMinder quiz by clicking here.

We have a twice yearly book club, one book focused more of domestic health and the other with a more global perspective. This is part of creating well rounded family medicine physicians.

[Editors Note: If you are a fiction fan, you will find more than a few residents at our program who love YA novels. We are eagerly awaiting the release of the final Throne of Glass!]

Boat Day

A mix of office staff, residents, family and friends enjoying time outside the office.

A mix of office staff, residents, family and friends enjoying time outside the office.

A few of downtown Cincinnati, still meaning to try the new ferris wheel .

A few of downtown Cincinnati, still meaning to try the new ferris wheel .

A team that plays together stays together! As an opportunity to bond outside of the office we had an FMC Boat Day this past weekend with residents and office staff. Not only did we get a river’s eye view of the Cincinnati skyline (look at that photo!), we learned some dance moves and got to cool off with the river breeze.

The office staff truly is the heart of our clinic and some of our most important teachers in the particle of medicine. We love getting to spend time with them and are thrilled that they will join us at interview dinners this year!

Newest Research

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We are delighted to report that our research division, headed by Dr. Chris White, has recent received two grants which will allow our family medicine department to continue its role in advancing our field to meet for the current health care needs both close and far from home. 

Transformational Fellowship Training for Community Primary Care Champions is a new $2million 5-year HRSA award in partnership with the newly accredited Physician-Assistant program at Mount St. Joseph University. The $2 million will create a new faculty-development fellowship under Program Director Dr. Megan Rich. Early-career PCPs will be trained in leadership, healthcare transformation, and education through a curriculum built on quality improvement, the social determinants of health, substance use disorders, collaborative mental health care, medical education curriculum, and provider wellness. Each of the 20 fellows (2018-2023) will complete a mentored practice transformation project through community-participatory learning. We will build bridges between community practice sites, UC, and Mount St. Joseph University PA Program, and involved UC team members include Dr. Megan Rich, Dr. Chris White, Dr. Soni Regan, Daniel Hargraves, and Dr. Jeffrey Schlaudecker. This awesome new grant runs alongside the current Primary Care Transformation $1.75m HRSA grant (2015-2020) focusing on the residency and involving the above team plus Dr. Anna Goroncy and Dr. Reid Hartmann.

Enhancing Community Providers Competence in Providing MAT for Substance Use Disorders is a supplement we were just awarded (based on our outstanding work last year) for $87,500.00 which will pay for the multi-talented Daniel Hargraves to again lead several educational endeavors helping primary care providers improve care in the setting of our current opioid epidemic. Another dinner/book club (New Book!), revamped naloxone skills sessions for residents and physician assistant trainees at Mount St. Joseph University, and a collaborative effort with The Christ Hospital's Opioid Task Force for a CME day are a few highlights. Dr. Chris WhiteDr. Hilja Ruegg, Dr. Reid Hartmann, Dr. Pat Wigle, and Sarah Brubaker are all involved.

Global Health July 2018 Trip

Our July 2018 team recently returned from 2 weeks in Guatemala working with in-country partner Wuqu' Kawoq. We continue to focus in two main areas, the highlands outside of Tecpan and on the Boca Costa, and now even have some continuity patients. While it's hard to capture the experience in photos we think those below help tell the day to day story. To learn more about Wuqu' Kawoq, the second largest provider of health care in Guatemala, after the Ministry of Health, you can click here

Meet Us in Kansas City Again

Reposted from July 2016- but with edits

If you are attending the AAFP Resident and Medical Student Conference this year make sure to come swing by and say hello. We will be there from Aug 2-4 to answer questions and talk about our program. Look for our matching red shirts and booth 1410. 

From personal experience we know it can be overwhelming to come to these events. Here are a few do's and don'ts that we have learned along the way:

 

 

Do: Come Talk to Us!

Part of the reason to come to these conferences is to network and figure out the "personality" of various residency programs.

Don't: Worry About Having a Ton of Questions

We would much rather have a conversation about who you are and what you are interested in than list the bed size of our hospital (unless of course you are interested in that- in which case 555 beds).

Do: Start to Hone Your Interview Skills

While this is a lot less formal than an interview it is a good opportunity to practice for the big day... especially if you are nervous about it.

Don't: Forget to Think About What you Want

You truly are in the driver's seat in this process (even if it doesn't feel that way). Keep a list of things you want- (global health? women's health? Trader Joes?... we have all three) - and start asking about it. 

Do: Keep in Touch

We encourage you to stay in contact with us. It's important because it shows us that you are interested and also lets us answer any questions you may have. 

Graduation 2018

The Class of 2018!

The Class of 2018!

June 23rd, 2018 was a big day for our 8 graduates and an exciting day for our 8 interns. We could not be happier or sadder at the same time. The 8 graduates are an exceptional group of physicians who will be part of changing health care, both around the US and across the world. Each of them has made a lasting impact on our residency and we are proud to call them colleagues. 

Introducing the interns!

Introducing the interns!

While we are sad to see the Class of 2018 go, the incoming group of 8 (our first time with 6 categorical FM residents) is stellar. They come from different backgrounds and geographies but they are untied in a desire to provider exceptional primary care to underserved populations in urban and international settings. Are you interested in joining this group? Click her to learn how to apply. 

A special reunion, Shanna and Elizabeth's starting FM class came to celebrate. 

A special reunion, Shanna and Elizabeth's starting FM class came to celebrate. 

What started out as a promise 2 years ago became a reunion as the FM class of 2016 all returned to Cincinnati to help celebrate the graduation of the FMP 5th years. This class has had a strong bound since the start and shows the strength of the relationships formed in residency. We hope this is the start of a new tradition <<cough, cough, Class of 2017, cough, cough>>.