Family MedicineLongitudinal Curriculum


Community Health, Advocacy and Managing Populations (CHAMP) is designed to develop and integrate skills and tools in community health, advocacy and population management into clinical practice. It is composed of four parts:

  • CHAMP Orientation – A key element of residents' orientation block, this orientation focuses on the principles of community health, health equity and advocacy to identify health strengths and challenges in our Milwaukee community.
  • CHAMP 1 – This first-year rotation offers each resident a firsthand experience to collaborate with our community partners who provide patient-centered services in Milwaukee. Residents also learn to employ narrative for advocacy and complete a community-based advocacy project, in addition to leading specialized group visits.
  • CHAMP 2 – This second-year rotation develops residents' skills integrating advocacy and managing populations into their careers as primary care physicians. Residents lead a clinic-based advocacy project, as well as specialized group visits.
  • Lead for Health – A longitudinal elective, Lead for Health spans the second and third years of residency and is designed for residents interested in completing a community medicine track.

Lead for Health

The elective component of the CHAMP curriculum, Lead for Health is dedicated to increased community health, advocacy training and community engagement. The program trains residents to be physician leaders not just in their clinics, but also in the community at large, translating population and community needs into community and clinical practice change.

Residents select, design and implement community engagement projects throughout their second and third years of residency. Many Lead for Health projects incorporate TRIUMPH (Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health) students from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and/or are run by faculty and resident graduates or leaders of the TRIUMPH program.

Examples of past Lead for Health projects include:

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine (IM) is the thoughtful, evidence-based combination of conventional medicine and holistic medicine to help people on their journey to health and wellness.

The Aurora Family Medicine Residency offers four distinct IM learning opportunities:

  • Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) – A 200-hour online curriculum, IMR is designed for incorporation into primary care residency education. It is a required component of residency training. Features include ACGME competency-based learning objectives; case-based, interactive learning and video streaming; experiential exercises and process-oriented group activities; and more.
  • The Integrative Medicine (IM) Track – In this program, residents are selected through a competitive application process to spend one half-day per week (on average) during PGY-II and PGY-III years at Aurora Wiselives IM clinic. Residents are assigned continuity patients and also see patients for IM-focused consults under the supervision of a fellowship-trained IM faculty.
  • The Integrative Medicine (IM) Elective – In this one-month optional rotation, residents work more closely with IM providers, including fellowship-trained physicians and nurse practitioners. Residents can spend time shadowing chiropractic, massage therapy, Reiki, acupuncture, Ayurveda, nutrition/health coaching and other integrative specialty services.
  • Nutrition Part IV MOC – Aurora Family Medicine Residency faculty have developed an online training tool to meet the ABFM Part IV Maintenance of Certification requirements. Nutrition: An Evidence-Based Approach for the Care and Management of Chronic Diseases is free and available online to all Aurora physicians.

Aurora Health Care's Department of Integrative Medicine also offers several resources for learning, patient care and self-care.

Osteopathic Training

The Aurora Family Medicine Residency has been training osteopathic family physicians for more than two decades. It was one of first (and today, one of the largest) osteopathic recognized ACGME Family Medicine Residency programs in the United States.

Residents in the Osteopathic Recognition track receive extensive training through a comprehensive, 18-month family medicine curriculum that focuses on osteopathic principles and practice. Students learn through quarterly statewide conferences and ongoing didactics as part of the Family Medicine Wednesday lecture series. They also participate in weekly, hands-on Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) specialty clinics, working one-on-one with osteopathic faculty in real-life patient encounters.

To participate in the Osteopathic Recognition track, residents must:

  • Choose the Osteopathic Recognition track upon matching into the residency
  • Successfully complete 50 documented OMT procedures upon graduation
  • Attend a minimum of three OMT conferences per academic year
  • Successfully perform an Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP)-focused scholarly activity, or present at one statewide, regional or national conference
  • Successfully complete an OPP-related yearly written exam
  • Have a bi-annual review of performance with osteopathic faculty
  • Complete a minimum of two supervised osteopathic treatment sessions per year, evaluated by osteopathic faculty
  • Sit for the American Board of Osteopathic Family Practice Board Certification

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