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Residency Background and Mission
EAMC Family Medicine Residency Mission Statement: “We will drop everything to teach you anything we can anytime, anyplace, and any subject—clinical, academic, professional, and personal—so that you can become the kind of physician that is able to address the overwhelmingly vast majority of your patient’s concerns in a competent, caring, continuous, and comprehensive way.”
Since 1973, the Eisenhower Family Medicine Residency Program has honored the tradition of graduating excellent Army Family Physicians who are superb clinicians and leaders in the military and in their communities. Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center (EAMC) offers a unique medical center environment where family medicine is both an essential element to its success, and was established as its first residency program. Our residents enjoy the many incredible opportunities that come with a variety of complex medical cases that sharpen their clinical skills and hone their confidence. They gain mastery in those procedures essential to being an Army Family Physician in the twenty-first century, and a first-class education that readies them for the deployed environment.
We take seriously the job of educating the future leaders of family medicine. We invite you to visit or rotate with us, as we are convinced that the time you spend here will leave a lasting, positive impression upon you. Come experience the tradition firsthand!
The EAMC Family Medicine Residency is truly a unique army family medicine program. It is housed in a large medical center which affords boundless opportunities to interact with every subspecialty, yet embodies a “small hospital” community where family medicine residents exercise autonomy when taking care of their patients. Truly, the best of both worlds! Family Medicine residents are considered peers to our other specialty colleagues and are encouraged to learn from plentiful hands-on patient experiences and relevant didactics. We embody a “family” atmosphere where teaching is considered a privilege and joy.
Residents have immediate access to a dedicated, superb board-certified family medicine teaching staff and to a wide variety of sub-specialists to help broaden their fund of knowledge and assist them in applying their knowledge to patients. Our training emphasizes on-site precepting, regular chart reviews, and close monitoring of patient care to progressively prepare residents for competent, compassionate, continuous, and comprehensive care.
Special attention is given to behavioral medicine training with a video monitoring system that digitally records patient encounters for review and reflection by residents and faculty. We also emphasize outpatient procedures such as, colposcopy with loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), endometrial biopsy, intrauterine device (IUD) insertion, implantable contraception, obstetrical ultrasound, dermatological procedures, exercise treadmill testing, vasectomy, acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation treatment, and a wide variety of sports medicine interventions. In the hospital, our Family Medicine Inpatient (FMED) Team cares for patients empanelled to our faculty and residents providing a strong continuity of care experience in both the outpatient and hospital settings.
Our maternal and infant care takes place in a wonderful, private community hospital that emphasizes a personal, humanistic approach to taking care of mothers and their new bundles of joy. Family physicians provide most of the teaching and precepting on the maternal child suite. We also have a robust relationship with EAMC and community obstetricians and pediatricians who provide operative and intensive care complements to our evidence-based approach to maternal-child care. This community experience gives residents an unique opportunity to interact with civilian healthcare system early in their military training.
We believe in a holistic approach to practicing medicine. Our behavioral medicine curriculum incorporates formal and informal venues in which to train residents in the art of medicine.. As a first year resident, you will have protected time each week in which to meet with your fellow classmates and discuss everything from residency life to how to conduct a motivational interview to how to deal with a difficult patient. These “Soup Groups” facilitate class cohesiveness and enhance an atmosphere of camaraderie in the training program. In addition, they help you to develop the critical skills required to communicate with peers and patients. Residents also have a once in a lifetime week-long experience in a nationally renowned private inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation program in which they participate in the patient care of addiction treatment and recovery. This helps residents to better understand the addiction model from an insider’s prospective.
Practice management is becoming more and more relevant in our military medical paradigm. The efficiency and productivity watchwords that were once only a concern for our civilian counterparts are now a fixture of our daily environment. Our morning reports now include practice management sessions from military and civilian staff with experience in clinic management. Third year residents also participate in a practice management month before graduation, covering topics that enhance their ability to serve in a variety of military assignments and prepare them for eventual civilian practice.
The EAMC Family Medicine Residency prides itself on evidence-based, relevant, and interactive didactics to supplement the wide variety of patient encounters we see every day. Every Thursday morning, residents are released from their various rotations to participate in didactics. Family Medicine staff, residents, and military and civilian subspecialists are integrated into a didactic series which covers topics relevant to the family physician. The morning report schedule is strategically planned in order to provide a balance of inpatient, outpatient, pediatric, obstetrical, geriatric, sports medicine, and behavioral patient encounters. We cover updated practice guidelines from various professional academies in order to keep current with the constantly evolving medical environment. We also provide a time for patient safety conferences in order to reflect on how we can provide better care to our patients. Finally, a daily After Clinic Conference (ACC) gives residents and students an opportunity to practice patient presentations in a more informal environment while exposing attendees to interesting clinical experiences from their peers’ outpatient clinics.
A military unique curriculum is an integral part of any military residency. Eisenhower has a block and longitudinal curriculum in which to prepare residents for practicing in the deployed and non-deployed military environments. Our staff has vast military experience in clinical, academic, and operational missions. Residents receive military education via online courses, the intern Combat Casualty Care Course in San Antonio, formal didactics on various military medical topics, and informal “war stories” that give you a glimpse into what you might see in future endeavors.
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