Family Medicine Residency Clinic
To practice family medicine, doctors must also complete a three-year residency program after medical school. A residency in family medicine includes training in pediatric medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry, radiology, ophthalmology, urology, and more. Because doctors practicing family medicine tend to treat the widest variety of ages and conditions, they must be trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of medical issues.
Many family medicine physicians also incorporate obstetrics, sports medicine, and palliative care into their practice. These doctors often care for the same patients throughout their lives, and in many cases, they care for multiple generations of family members at the same time.
What is a resident?
Residents are physicians who have graduated from medical school and are training in a specialty. Family medicine residents train for three years with an experienced, board-certified teaching physician.
Who can be seen?
Family medicine physicians are primary care providers for babies, children, adults (including pregnant women), and the elderly. Your entire family can see the same physician!
What do the teaching physicians do?
Teaching physicians review and supervise all patient visits conducted by the residents. During the first six months of the residency, the teaching physician participates in the patient visit. After that time, the resident consults with the teaching physician as appropriate.
Are resident services covered by insurance?
Yes, insurance is billed under the supervising teaching physician.
Can residents do everything the teaching physicians can?
Almost everything, yes. They are physicians. There are some medications or referrals that need a teaching physician’s signature.
What happens to me when my resident graduates?
Residents work in teams of three (a first year resident, a second year resident, and a third year resident). When the third year resident graduates, you will get a new first year resident, but your second-year resident will remain on your care team, so your care is continuous.
Why is a residency program important to me?
Our area needs more primary care providers. We hope that by bringing the next generation here for their final stage of training that many will choose to stay and establish their practices in our community.
Why am I important to the residency program?
Without patients, our residents cannot learn or gain experience. Patients who become part of the clinic are vital to the successful training of the next generation of providers.