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The Eisenhower Family Medicine Residency Program is designed to provide broad-based clinical training with an emphasis on preparation for comprehensive family medicine care to serve the individual patient, the family and the community. The goal of our program is to assist residents in developing the competencies necessary to become outstanding comprehensive family physicians capable of managing diverse patients with a broad range of needs - from preventive care, acute care and hospitalization, and management of chronic diseases. Residents are given guidance and advice to develop their careers, achieve scholarship, and assure competencies needed for the next steps of their careers.
One of the unique features of the program is the balance between inpatient and outpatient experiences. While the first-year resident experience is focused on inpatient medicine, a balance of community-based care and the Center for Family Medicine continuity of care experiences are designed to build the resident’s patient panel. Second and third-year residents enjoy an innovative schedule that allows for continued exposure to key inpatient services, an expanded focus in ambulatory medicine in the community and in the Center for Family Medicine, and includes elective time designed for the resident to create their own learning pathway within the residency training process.
During the ambulatory rotations, residents build skills in office-based diagnosis and treatment while managing their growing continuity practices. Residents on inpatient rotations enjoy graded responsibilities, with first-year residents providing much of the direct patient care and second and third-year residents assuming increased responsibility for teaching, supervision and mastery of medical knowledge. A strong ethic of collegiality and support pervades both the Center for Family Medicine continuity practice and the inpatient teams.
Inpatient training is centered at the newly expanded Eisenhower Medical Center. Eisenhower Medical Center is very highly rated by our patients as a primary, secondary and tertiary care facility. Referred patients are often of a very complex nature but because of the large staff of Eisenhower primary care physicians, we also see and manage a substantial array of common community diseases. Planned community rotations for key oupatient experiences as well as at ambulatory sites provide residents with the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population and practice in a different health care system.