The Mount Carmel Family Medicine Residency is strong in both clinical and academic experiences. With its training in both a multi-specialty, tertiary care and a community-based unopposed setting, it offers a diverse training experience and the best in interdisciplinary education.
Emphasis on education and training
The priority of the program is to provide residents with comprehensive training including a strong academic curriculum incorporating the core competencies of family medicine. Though our residents provide a plethora of valuable services to patients in the hospital and surrounding communities, we do not sacrifice their education for that service. Our program abides by all of the work hour guidelines established by the ACGME.
Emphasis on Community Outreach
Mount Carmel has a strong history of commitment to providing care to the medically underserved through the Outreach Program and our residents support that tradition. The Medical Director of the Outreach Program is John O'Handley, MD who is a past program director for the residency. All of our residents serve on the Mount Carmel Outreach Van during their Community Medicine rotation and electives. The van is a state-of-the-art mobile outpatient unit that travels to homeless shelters, neighborhood centers and communities in need. The van enables us to provide medical assessments, procedures and treatment, diagnostic tests, immunizations, patient education, medications and health referrals. The Outreach Program and the residency also support Mount Carmel's "Door To Door Program", a neighborhood health initiative that goes to individual homes to seek out infants and children in need of immunizations or access to a Family Physician. Both activities and elective rotations with the Outreach Program are encouraged.
Strong ambulatory experience
The program utilizes our new Family Medicine Center, adjacent to Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, to provide our continuity outpatient training experience. This facility has 18 examination and two procedure rooms in addition to one conference rooms and a virtual library, connected to all of the resources of the Mount Carmel Health System. The center is staffed by faculty, nursing and office staff all dedicated to providing our residents with a solid teaching experience during their ambulatory training. In the first year, you will see patients 1-2 half-days per week at the center. During your second year, you will see patients in the center 3-4 half-days per week, continuing to build a patient base that you carry through into the third year where you will see patients in the center 3-5 half-days per week. In this final year, you will see patients four half days per week as you continue to hone your outpatient skills and ability to practice independently. During your ambulatory training experience, you will be given the opportunity to treat a diverse community of patients of all ages and socioeconomic groups.
State-of-the-Art Medical Technology
Mount Carmel's commitment to medical informatics training is evident in our program. Our Family Medicine Center has an electronic medical record (EMR) system. All patient chart information is located in the EMR. The EMR also permits automatic prescription faxing to local pharmacies, among other innovative features. In addition, all Mount Carmel hospitals utilize an EMR system which interacts with the system at the Family Medicine Center.
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Academic focus with nationally recognized faculty
Our program faculty consists of both full-time attending staff and part-time community preceptors with extensive backgrounds in the field of academic and clinical family medicine, including clinical research, presentations at national conferences and publications in peer-reviewed, medical literature. All faculty have clinical faculty appointments at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine, the Ohio University College of Medicine (OU) and the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University (WSU) along with professional appointments on numerous state and national organizations such as American Academy of Family Physicians, Society for Teachers for Family Medicine, American Medical Association, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians. Each faculty member complements the program with his or her own special interest and training emphasis in such areas as Sports Medicine, Geriatrics, Women’s Health, Mental Health, and Practice Management.
Emphasis on scholarly activity, including research for residents and faculty
Both residents and faculty are supported in their interest in conducting clinical research and presenting their findings at professional meetings and by publication. Several past residents have conducted research funded by the American Cancer Society, Wright State University, The Ohio State University and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Our faculty and residents have published in many prestigious journals such as The American Family Physician, Journal of the American Medical Association, The Consultant, Family Practice Recertification and Family Practice Management. They have also presented at the AAFP Scientific Assembly, Society for Teachers of Family Medicine and ACGME conferences, AFMRD Program Director Workshop, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Society for Neuroscience and others.
Mount Carmel is affiliated with The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSU), the Ohio University College of Medicine (OU) and the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University (WSU). Both our faculty and residents are clinical instructors at these institutions and provide lectures on various topics and workshops for courses such as Introduction to Physical Examination and Physician-Patient Relationship to all levels of medical students. Medical students from several schools rotate through our program for their third and fourth year clinical rotations. Faculty and residents provide training for students from OSU, WSU, Ohio University, NEOUCOM, LECOM and many other medical schools in Ohio and out of state.
Anthony Casey, MD one of our Assistant Program Directors, serves as the Director for our medical student rotations. In addition, Dr. Casey, along with our residents, conducts lectures and workshops on various topics for our students. Our program also works with medical students of all levels to enhance their clinical skills during courses such as Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) and the Hospital-based Preceptorship Program. Our residents also work closely with the medical schools Family Medicine Interest Groups to promote student interest in Family Medicine.
In order to promote networking and collaboration with the other Family Medicine Residency Programs in Columbus, a Joint Family Medicine Residency Program conference is held with the other three Family Medicine Programs in Columbus on a quarterly basis. These conferences focus on topics such as sports medicine, enhancing clinical medical skills, procedural workshops, practice management, and community medicine.
Practice Management "Real World" Training
Our full time faculty and all of our volunteer community preceptors bring "real world" experience in the field of medical business management to the program. Our Practice Management curriculum is a rigorous two year comprehensive training program consisting of lectures, individual and group projects and hands-on activities. The curriculum is under the direction of our Program Directors, Philip Berger, MD, and John Jonesco, DO. The curriculum deals with a myriad of topics including selection of a practice model, personnel issues, anticipated income and practice expense issues, billing and collecting, evaluating and selecting a malpractice insurance contractor, and negotiating a practice contract. Mount Carmel Health System also has a physician placement service that will assist graduating residents in finding practice opportunities.