Residents and graduates of our program recognize the fundamental importance of an informed and up-to-date practice. We instill both essential knowledge for family medicine and the skills and habits of efficient literature investigation and evidence-based clinical practice. Around 400 hours of resident training are devoted to didactics—all of which are led by or are attended by faculty or specialist physicians—so residents receive extensive current, insightful and relevant information.

Various methods are used in the didactic setting. These include:

Lecture Series: 300 topics in family medicine are covered over the course of three years in a case-based, team format.

EBM Roundup: dedicated to the mastery of high-level evidence related to the top conditions seen in FM,  the discussion of practice-changing POEMs and the skill of locating and using best evidence at the point of care .

Case Conferences: the most recent interesting and informative inpatient and ambulatory clinic cases are presented as a mystery, and residents work through differential diagnoses and medical decision making to come up with an accurate diagnosis and plan.

Workshops: hands-on procedural skills (such as casting and splinting, suturing, skin procedures and colposcopy), knee and shoulder exams and joint injections, point-of-care ultrasound, and simulated scenarios are practiced in workshops.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference: a nonpunitive peer review of cases in which there is unexpected morbidity, mortality, or suspected medical error, this conference aims not to embarrass the presenter, but to advance a culture of transparency, physician education, system-wide improvement, and enhanced patient care.

Journal Club

Quality Improvement: annually residents lead or participate in a QI project with their clinic team.


"Waco is a well-rounded, respected program. It has the perfect balance of all of aspects of Family Medicine. It's not too heavy in one area of training nor does it neglect any aspect. It strikes the perfect balance of volume, didactics, and time off. The numerous faculty are all outstanding and pragmatic. There are many great programs out there, but I believe Waco is the most comprehensive, well-balanced program in the country."
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David Schaefer, MD
Class of 2015