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Family Medicine Residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

GeorgetownThe Georgetown/Providence Family Medicine Residency Program in Washington, D.C. was established in 1977 through a collaborative agreement between Georgetown University School of Medicine and Providence Hospital. Our residency was first approved by the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education in October 1977, and we accepted our first residents in January 1978.

We currently have twenty-one residents in our program with seven residents in each of the three years of training. Our residents come from all over the United States. A recent survey indicates that our graduates are now located in urban, suburban and rural settings throughout the United States, from Vermont to California and from Michigan to Texas. Some of our graduates have also gone on to complete fellowships or have accepted positions in academic or administrative Family Medicine.

Providence Hospital is the major site for inpatient teaching in the residency, and our residents' contracts are with Providence. A 382-bed community hospital in northeast Washington, D.C. Providence serves a diverse patient population that is ideal for the practicing Family Physician. The hospital is operated by Ascension Health System, the largest not-for-profit health care system in the United States.

Founded in 1861, Providence is the oldest continuously-operated hospital in the nation's capital. The hospital is continually growing. Most recently the hospital constructed a new medical library, a state of the art surgical wing, and a beautiful "healing garden". An entire floor is dedicated to women's health services. The seventh floor of the hospital has a geriatrics teaching unit which is directed by 2 full-time geriatricians. In addition, Providence has its own nursing home, psychiatric hospital, and drug/alcohol treatment center.

Providence provides a full range of medical services, including complete nuclear medicine and MRI capabilities. Ancillary services are constantly updated to keep pace with the newest developments in medical science.

Providence Hospital also has an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program which is affiliated with George Washington University. Our residents work side by side with residents from this program.

All of our faculty have full academic appointments in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Georgetown is one of the oldest medical schools in the country and boasts a distinguished record of research, teaching, and community service.

Our faculty participate in teaching Family Medicine to Georgetown medical students as well as residents. We teach required courses to all first year medical students (Introduction to Health Care and Ambulatory Care). Additionally, we direct a required Family Medicine clerkship for third year medical students and co-direct a required Ambulatory Care Clerkship for fourth year students. Interested residents are invited to participate in the teaching of these courses to Georgetown medical students by serving as small group discussion leaders or directors of brief electives.

Our residents benefit directly from the enormous educational resources of the university. The residency has direct access to the Georgetown Medical School library resources as well as e-mail services and full Internet access. The residency uses an electronic Blackboard site which allows residents 24 hour access via the internet to the residency's curriculum, suggested reading lists, evaluation forms and current announcements. Resident rotations in pediatrics and psychiatry-as well as numerous elective clinical experiences-are based at Georgetown University Medical School.