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Letter from the Chair

A letter from Melly Goodell, MD, Chair, Department of Family Medicine

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Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. I am excited to introduce you to our group of dedicated faculty, staff, and residents, and the many initiatives currently in progress in our department. Step inside Family Medicine at "The Square" and take a look. You'll be amazed at what we are doing!


Family Medicine Residency Program

Our 8/8/8 residency is a recognized leader in our region and we have repeatedly received the maximum accreditation possible for the high quality of resident education we provide. In addition, our four year combined family medicine/preventive medicine residency in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, allows graduates to complete a Master of Public Health degree along with completing the board eligibility requirements of both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Learn more about the family medicine and preventive medicine residency training collaboration between MedStar Franklin Square and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


We train doctors to build healthier communities. . We collaborate with multiple community partners to enhance patient care while providing robust community health education to residents.  All residents also perform community-based research and health improvement projects throughout their training.

Family Health Center

Our busy clinical center provides care for over 33,000 patient visits per year. Using our EHR and innovative practices, we are beginning our 9th year as a Level III NCQA designation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. We have also partnered with the School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame of Maryland University to bring a pharmacist to our faculty to enhance resident education and provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Marrying resident education with providing a breadth of patient services, we have weekly specialized clinic sessions focusing on sports medicine, behavioral health, and osteopathic manipulation treatment, and have group programs for medication assisted treatment and pediatric obesity.


Our 19 faculty members are the heart of our department, and their varied special skills allow an unusual breadth of training for our residents. Many of our faculty have completed fellowships and have areas of emphasis in, sports medicine, maternity care and women's health, HIV and Hepatitis C, geriatrics, behavioral health, and pediatrics.. In addition, our core faculty is augmented by three pediatricians and a pharmacist who have regular clinical and teaching roles. Several community faculty further augment the education of our residents.


Teaching is our passion! We are in the 5th year longitudinal integrated clerkship with students from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Students spend six months on our campus rotating through family medicine, OB/GYN, internal medicine,  and pediatrics in parallel , longitudinally over the six month period. We also host students from many area medical schools, including the University of Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and others. We are also a training site for University of Maryland graduate social work students, and Notre Dame of Maryland University pharmacy students and Towson University community health division studies.

Visit our Medical Student Information page to learn more.

Scholarly Activity and Research

Our faculty are actively involved in educational, clinical, and community-based research, and regularly present their research and scholarly activities at the state, regional and national level. Our resident research projects have received multiple national awards and have been presented at several national forums, including North American Primary Care Research Group, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC), and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) conferences.


Leadership development is a priority in our department. Our faculty and residents have leadership positions in Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM), Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC), the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP), the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), and MedChi, the medical society of Maryland. Our faculty and residents have also lobbied in Annapolis and Washington, D.C., testifying for healthcare reform, primary care, and residency education.

About MedStar Franklin Square

A member of the 10 hospital MedStar Health system, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has been recognized repeatedly for the high quality of our care redesignated in 2018 as a Magnet Hospital for excellence in nursing services and nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in multiple categories. Our new surgical pavilion opened in 2020 and provides our community with access to some of the most advanced surgical services in the region.

As you can see, the faculty, staff, and residents of the Department of Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center are an energetic team committed to high quality and innovative patient care, education, research, leadership and advocacy, and improving the health of our community. Please contact us to learn more about our programs or to join our team!


Melly Goodell, MD
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
MedStar Franklin Square

For more information, contact:

Kimberley Jones
Residency Administrative Coordinator
[email protected]