Saint Francis Healthcare’s three-year Family Medicine Residency Program
is affiliated with Temple University School of Medicine and fully accredited
by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The
Saint Francis Healthcare Family Medicine Residency Program offers a supportive
environment in which to grow as a family physician. We also serve as a
satellite teaching site for Temple University and Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) students in their third and fourth years
of medical school. We are the only residency at Saint Francis Healthcare
and have six residents in each class.
Saint Francis Healthcare has a two-pronged mission of providing excellent
patient care and training excellent family physicians, and these missions
complement each other. Saint Francis Family Medicine is now in its fourth
decade of educating residents and preparing those who serve as the foundation
of primary care. Among our graduates are physicians who have been faculty
members in many teaching programs, team doctor for Olympic and collegiate
sports teams, and physicians who are in clinical practice throughout the
region and the country. Recent graduates have practiced in traditional
family medicine practices, hospitalist positions, as well as ER and urgent
care settings. Recent graduates have pursued fellowship training in geriatrics,
hospice and palliative care medicine, and urgent care.
Every resident is assigned to a mentor at the start of residency training.
The mentor is a faculty member who meets regularly with the resident to
discuss their progress. Monthly rotation evaluations are reviewed as well
as the pluses and minuses of each rotation. Future goals are discussed,
and as the resident moves through the three-year program, there is often
a personal bond which develops. The resident has a role model with which
to discuss a wide variety of issues.
The Family Practice Center is housed in the Medical Service Building adjacent
to the main Hospital. Its convenient location provides residents with
direct access to their inpatients for care. The Family Practice Center
is spacious and comfortable, and built specifically to meet the needs
of the teaching program. The Family Practice Center fully and successfully
implemented their EHR in September 2009. Every patient room and consult
room is equipped with computers for EHR, and plenty of space for families
and a preceptor if needed.