A Letter from the Chief Residents
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Our family medicine program at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center offers a unique, well-rounded experience that emphasizes active teaching and a culture of lifelong learning.
At MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center we define "Family Medicine" in our patient care as well as interpersonal relationships amongst our staff. We take pride in our continuity of care and our holistic appreciation for aspects of our patients' lives. We care for them in the Family Health Center (our Level 3 PCMH office), the state-of-the-art hospital across the street, and wherever our patients live—their homes, nursing facilities, and even in hospice care. We care not just for individuals, but often entire families (who are usually essential to any complex treatment plans that we make with the patient).
The resources that are available to us on a daily basis in all of these settings include a behavioral specialist, pharmacist, social worker, and RN care coordinator. They help us become more well-rounded providers and allow us to give all of our patients, especially the high-risk ones with multiple medical comorbidities and psychosocial needs, the attention that they need.
Our supervising physicians are a diverse and well-rounded group of clinicians who support us in co-managing very difficult and challenging conditions. They give us the support that we need to care for a variety of complicated patients in a number of different settings and the freedom to develop care plans suited to each individual patient. Our attendings work alongside residents as colleagues, teachers, and friends.
Our Family Medicine Program not only ensures our well-being during residency, but also ensures that we are receiving more than adequate training to care for patients on our own. We work closely with the pediatric attending group in both the hospital and our office, and we are an unopposed residency in the Pediatric unit and Peds ER.
Our hospital continues to evolve into a more advanced academic medical center, but at the same time we have maintained the caring nature of a community hospital. Our adult inpatient service is particularly dedicated to providing holistic care to hospitalized patients, and our residency has embarked on a longitudinal research study looking at home visits to help prevent readmissions for complex patients with multiple chronic issues. We work with Ob/Gyn residents to acquire the obstetric skills that we need, but we also follow our own patients through pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum—and provide medical care to their expanding families!
Along with meeting the mandated educational requirements, our curriculum also allows you the opportunity to customize your training early in your career at MedStar Franklin Square to focus your studies on a variety of interests. Electives are available from intern year onward to allow residents to track within a field of interest, such as sports medicine, obstetrics, research, public health, acute care, geriatrics, or an area of interest of your own choosing.
Our faculty has many creative ways to prepare us for whatever we may encounter once we leave. We run specific clinics dedicated to typically challenging areas within Family Medicine such as dermatology and sports medicine, where in addition to seeing patients and learning in the exam room, we also learn by teaching medical students and preparing discussions about a variety of topics. Many of us are involved in our own research or community development projects within our areas of interest.
Not only do we work as a team in the office and hospital settings, but we also work together as a team on the softball field. We recently started a team called the QT’s in an effort to improve our own physical fitness, and to enjoy a fun activity together outside of work. While our softball skills are still being perfected, our camaraderie is unmatched! And just like on the field, in our program we always have backup. We always stress resident well-being and have dedicated protected time including monthly breakfasts, a Big Sibling program to support the incoming resident class in their transition, designated resident outings, and plenty of cake for everyone's birthday. These are just a few examples of how we ensure our residents maintain healthy mind, body and spirit.
If you’re interested in joining our family, contact us and we can provide you with more information!
Merritt McLaughlin, MD (email@example.com)
Kelly Ryan, DO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matthew Loftus, MD (email@example.com)