The Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program was established in Washington, DC in 1977 through a collaborative agreement between Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) and Providence Hospital. 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.”
Providence Hospital is the major site for inpatient teaching in the residency program, and our residents are Providence Hospital employees. Providence is a 408-bed hospital in Washington, D.C. with an expert medical staff of more than 500 providers.
Founded in 1861, Providence Hospital is the longest continuously operating hospital in the nation’s capital, and proud to be part of the Ascension Health System, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art Emergency Room, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Nuclear Medicine, open MRI and 64-slice CT scanner. Several facilities serve community needs including the Carroll Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Seton House Behavioral Medicine, the Wellness Institute and the E. Anthony Rankin Orthopedic Pavilion. Ancillary services keep pace with patient needs.
As a University-Administered residency program, each faculty member has a full academic appointment in the Department of Family Medicine at GUSOM. Clinical experiences for residents at Georgetown University Medical Center include Sports Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatry and Pediatrics.
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 in inpatient rotations. Residents also teach a required joint simulation workshop to third year clerkship medical students.
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 with Electronic Health Record, eClinicalWorks, and associated products eClinicalMessenger and eClinicalWorks Patient Portal.
The FMC has an in-house 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.
- Well baby group visit program for new mothers.
- 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 Surgery, 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.
In 2012 the FMC launched our patient portal, giving 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 the diverse FM careers represented at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Providence Hospital, showing health care through the lens of both a tertiary care center and a community hospital.
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.