The MedStar Health/Georgetown - Washington Hospital Center Family Medicine Residency Program was originally established in Washington, D.C. in 1977 through a collaborative agreement between Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) and Providence Hospital. 41 years later, the program successfully transitioned to the MedStar Health GME Consortium in November 2018. ACGME accredited since 1977, our first residents joined us in 1978. We have twenty-one residents in our program, accepting 7 each year with diverse interests embodying our motto, “A Commitment to Caring for the Underserved.”
As a University-Administered residency program, each faculty member has a full academic appointment in the Department of Family Medicine at GUSOM. Capitalizing on the best clinical experiences for residents at each site, the required residency rotation locations include MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Virginia Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center, the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Residents teach formal courses for first and second year medical students at GUSOM, and mentor third and fourth year medical students on family medicine outpatient rotations. Residents also teach a required joint simulation workshop to third year clerkship medical students.
MedStar Medical Group Family Medicine at Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Center
Since 1978, our residents and faculty have provided continuity of care for their panels of patients at Fort Lincoln Family Medicine Center (FMC), located a few minutes outside northeast Washington, D.C. in an urban, underserved setting.
The FMC is a 20,000 visit per year medical center using Cerner’s Electronic Health Record, MedConnect, and Patient Portal.
The FMC has an in-house Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Referral Specialist, and a Community Health Educator dedicated to at-risk patient populations (diabetics, prenatal and pediatric patients). We have interprofessional teams with an associated curriculum, and a resident-run diabetes group visit program with a Certified Diabetes Educator. Our 2012 PCMH transformation included:
- Provider, team, and practice scorecards to track how we are doing operationally and clinically.
- Diabetes group visit program for diabetic patients and their families.
- Twice daily huddles for pre-visit planning for chronic disease, elderly and pediatric patients, and counseling patients on needed laboratory testing, vaccines, or preventive care.
- A transition of care program using health information technology to track our patient’s ER visits and hospitalizations to arrange appropriate home care and follow-up care.
- Collaborative goal-setting, action plans and patient education for all at-risk patients including elderly patients, diabetics, hypertensives and smokers by community educators, social workers and nurses.
- Interprofessional team quality improvement projects using PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycles.
The FMC features:
- 19 examination/consultation rooms
- 2 treatment rooms equipped for:
Colposcopy, endometrial biopsy
Punch and shave skin biopsy
- On-site phlebotomy
- On-site Nephrology, Psychiatry and Psychology visits
We have planned interior and exterior upgrades, a health information exchange project with area community health centers, and multiple quality management initiatives.
When the FMC launched our patient portal, it gave our patients electronic access to their medical records, and the ability to communicate directly with their physicians. Our patients can use the portal to view lab or imaging results and progress notes, or request appointments, refills or referrals. Increasing connectivity with physicians saves valuable time and improves patient satisfaction.
To innovatively train and empower full spectrum, Family Medicine physicians to serve as patient- centered, community healers, activators and educators who meet the evolving healthcare needs of local, national, and global underserved populations.
Vision and Values
We are Forward Thinking: Our curriculum will constantly evolve, driven by resident input, to meet the changing needs of learners in a shifting healthcare landscape.
We are Supportive: We will guide and mentor our residents to develop them into active members of the local and global medical community, teachers of future physicians, and the embodiment of fully realized potential.
We are Scholarly: We will teach an evidence-based, full spectrum family medicine curriculum, including exposure to diverse FM careers.
We are Selective: We will identify and recruit students who demonstrate tremendous intellect, creativity, dedication, and diverse interests.
We are Diverse: We will attract residents of different backgrounds from across the country with multiple specialized tracks tailored to their individualized career goals.
We are Collaborative: We will partner with others for the common goal of producing high quality, compassionate Family Physicians by embracing the uniqueness of each partner.
We are Community-Oriented: We will be passionately committed to the health of our local community—Port Towns, Prince George’s County and Northeast Washington, D.C. We will strive to partner with our community and community organizations to provide the very best medical care for the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic disease.
We are Patient-Centered: We will be a medical home for all. We will be driven exclusively by the needs of our patients and will tirelessly advocate on their behalf to improve their health, their access to healthcare and the health of our entire community.