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Goals & Philosophy

Our residency program is committed to excellence in training family physicians to provide continuous, comprehensive care to individuals within the context of the patient's family and community. Each resident, by completion of the three-year training experience, will have the skills necessary to:

  1. Provide primary medical care to patients of all ages, including care of acute and chronic illnesses, emergency care, maternity care, preventative care, and health education services.
  2. Care for patients in many settings, including clinic, inpatient ward, surgical suite, emergency department, labor ward and intensive care unit.
  3. Practice in urban, rural and international locations (please visit our residents' Global Health site).
  4. Understand individual and group dynamics as applied to families.
  5. Determine the scope and nature of the health problems of the community. As a community health leader, effectively address cultural, educational, and financial barriers to health care for impoverished and minority groups.
  6. Work effectively as a member of a health care team and share patient responsibility comfortably and responsibly with others.
  7. Effectively review and critically appraise the medical literature.

We strive to achieve these objectives through:

  1. A structured plan of "hands-on" experience, graded supervision, didactic presentations, and regular feedback evaluation.
  2. A balanced training experience in inpatient and outpatient settings.
  3. Behavioral science, community medicine, and practice management training integrated through the three-year curriculum.
  4. No competing specialty residents at our primary hospital.
  5. High responsibility.
  6. Providing continuous, comprehensive primary care for a panel of patients in Family Practice Clinic over 3 years.
  7. A family practice based system in which other specialists work as consultants and teachers.
  8. An active, involved faculty.

In each specialty teaching department we have faculty from that specialty plus family physician faculty who have additional training and experience in that specialty. These "registrar" faculty work very closely with residents and together with their colleagues of the other specialties, provide a structure of graded supervision and regular didactic teaching. With this framework, we offer residents excellence in specialty training while assuring strong support for the principles of family practice as they rotate on specialty services.

Take-Home Points

  • No Competing Residency Programs
  • We train residents to practice comprehensive Family Medicine -- Preparing graduates for practices in underserved, rural, inner city or international communities
  • Many of our graduates are now faculty at other residency programs
  • Extensive training in inpatient and outpatient procedural skills
  • Strong Obstetrics training: average 160 deliveries per resident, including 30 C-sections
  • High responsibility: the resident is the patient's doctor
  • 3 block months Emergency Medicine plus rotating shifts through the year
  • Residents run the Intensive Care Unit
  • Certification in ACLS/NALS/ALSO
  • Problem based learning curriculum for outpatient medicine - 3 hours a week every other rotation
  • 3 months of electives - on-site and away (including overseas) options
  • Family Physician dominated medical staff, faculty and administration
  • Many faculty active in international relief work