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Family Medicine Residency at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

The Family Health Center is designated a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Learn more.


A letter from the Family Medicine Residency Program Director,
Michael Dwyer, MD

Let me be the first to welcome you to Baltimore and to introduce you to the MedStar Franklin Square Family Medicine Residency. I have been with MedStar Franklin Square for 14 years. I discovered Baltimore when I attended Loyola University. Though I returned to my original home state to attend SUNY Stonybrook Medical School, Baltimore and MedStar Franklin Square lured me back for residency. Since then I have stayed at MedStar Franklin Square, practicing full scope Family Medicine. Baltimore is a great place to live and raise a family. It is also a great place to be a family doc!

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Residency training is demanding and stressful at times. It is hard work to become a well-trained Family Physician. What you will find at MedStar Franklin Square is a faculty dedicated to helping and supporting you through this challenging period of your life. You will come in as a novice and leave with the skills and confidence to provide comprehensive patient centered care in any setting you choose. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

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We have been around a long, long time.

Family medicine became the 20th medical specialty in 1969. That year, MedStar Franklin Square recruited Dr. William Reichel to create a Department of Family Medicine, and by 1972, MedStar Franklin Square had its first family medicine resident. This year we are graduating our 275th resident!

It takes a focused curriculum to establish a Patient Centered Medical Home. Our curriculum is unique. We require six full-time months in the Family Health Center – one month every semester for three years. More than a block, and not longitudinal, the Family Health Center experience can only be described as "longitudinal blocks." These periodic immersions, free of distractions allow the resident to practice and achieve competence in family medicine; allow the faculty to evaluate and support their effort along the way; and allow the resident to know what and how to learn on their specialty rotations from the perspective of a family physician.

We have recently certified as a level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home and are part of the Maryland PCMH collaborative project. This has provided us with a grant to support our PCMH efforts. With these grants, we are improving our chronic disease and preventive care registries and have hired a nurse case manager, social work case manager, and a LCSW to work with our providers and patients to help improve the health of our community. All of our staff are receiving additional training to learn to work with patient registries to enhance compliance with recommended guidelines.

Our curriculum is flexible as we work to satisfy the individual needs of our residents.

Our schedule includes the maximum allowable six electives. This provides an opportunity for residents to work with their advisors, creating focused tracks that serve as individualized career paths. From obstetrics, geriatrics or sports medicine to rural training and preventive medicine, electives may be started as early as the R1 year should the need and opportunity arise. MedStar Graduate Medical Education and the ACGME survey all residents anonymously every year. Over the years, we excel in: curriculum, goals and objectives, level of responsibility, amount of instruction and supervision, training in communication skills, valuable clinical experience, overall educational experience, training in practice management, medical/legal and ethics, opportunity to supervise medical students, opportunities for feedback (both to give and receive), guidance in professional development, quality of attending staff and teaching, encouragement for scholarly activity and work hours.

The family medicine residents are the pediatric residents.

The pediatric faculty (neonatal intensivists, hospitalists and general pediatricians) were recruited from top academic institutions around the country, including Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and DuPont Children's Hospital, to care for patients and train our residents. The residents rotate through a total of 3 ½ months of pediatrics (ward, NICU/Nursery and ED). In addition they spend part of their time covering the nursery, pediatric ED and pediatric floor during their 3 ½ months of night float. Forty-five percent of our 30,000 patients visiting to the Family Health Center are under the age of 15.

The graduating residents rate their relationships with the subspecialists as a major strength of the program! Subspecialty rotations (Musculoskeletal, ENT, ophthalmology and urology) and surgery are office-based.
Whatever the attending is doing (office hours, rounds or surgery), the resident is doing as well. It is to our advantage that the Family Health Center is a high-volume practice in the community, and that the recipients of our referrals serve as the faculty for these rotations. They know our patients, our residents and our graduates. They value their relationship with our department, and we know the kind of care they deliver. They also understand and appreciate that the objectives for our residents are unique to family medicine. These rotations are not a replay of medical school; rather, residents participate in these rotations only after a great deal of time spent in the Family Health Center. As a result, the resident has had enough experience and patient ownership to have a clear agenda for learning.

Our comprehensive practice management curriculum exceeds RC requirements.

  • We train residents to be leaders.
  • Upon completion of your training you will be ready to practice in any setting.
  • You can be trained to practice full scope family medicine, including obstetrics in three years.
  • Our curriculum will prepare you for the next step in your career.

Our recent graduates have been recruited into a wide variety of positions, including:

  • Faculty at a rural residency program practicing full scope family medicine
  • Inpatient pediatric and adult medicine hospitalist faculty at a family medicine program
  • Private practice in the a rural underserved area covering inpatient, outpatient, and the ED.
  • Maternal Child Fellowship
  • OB fellowship
  • Consultant for international organization
  • Emergency Department
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship

We have strong Graduate Medical Education resources.

We are a community program in every sense of the word. We are also a member of MedStar Health, an organization that encompasses four community teaching hospitals in Baltimore, as well as MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. We are affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Students from both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University rotate here. These institutional relationships, combined with a fairly flexible curriculum, allow residents to explore research, public health, integrative medicine, or an unlimited variety of other experiences.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a member of the Medstar Health system. MedStar Franklin Square celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art Patient Care Tower in November 2010. MedStar Franklin Square has been recognized repeatedly for the high quality of our care, including receiving the 2011 Delmarva Foundation Medicare Quality Improvement Award, re-designated in 2013 as a Magnet Hospital for excellence in nursing services and nationally ranked by US News and World Report as the #3 Best Regional Hospital. View our Awards and Certifications.

MedStar Franklin Square is a great place to work and train as a family physician. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Michael Dwyer, MD
MedStar Franklin Square Department of Family Practice


What does it mean to be a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home?

The Family Health Center was recently designated a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The PCMH is a model of healthcare delivery aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of care by using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly-coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. Level 3 is the highest level of NCQA PCMH recognition.

We hold the distinction of being among the first PCMH's in the MedStar Health system. Furthermore, as a community teaching hospital, we have the unique responsibility of educating new Family Medicine physicians and medical students on the principles of the PCMH. They can then incorporate the successful methods they learn into their future practices.

For more information, contact Nora Kellner, residency program coordinator at 443-777-6545 or nora.kellner@medstar.net.