Will I see a wide variety of
diseases at MedStar Franklin Square?
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center cares for a
demographically and socially diverse group of patients from
urban, suburban and rural locations. In both the ambulatory and
inpatient areas, residents are exposed to a wide spectrum of
clinical problems demonstrating everything from common diseases,
to the rare and unusual. Patients range in age from adolescence
to the elderly. On the inpatient side, teaching cases are
selected from a total of 10,000 admissions to the Department of
Medicine (second largest in the state). Many of the admissions to
the residents' teaching service come from our Emergency
Department, the busiest in the Baltimore area averaging nearly
100,000 visits per year. Admissions from the Emergency Department
are triaged to assure an appropriate learning experience. The
Primary Care Center, which houses our combined resident/faculty
practice, averages 12,000 outpatient visits per year.
With all those admissions,
won't the residents be overworked?
MedStar Franklin Square has always been in
compliance with mandated workload and work hours limitations and
currently monitors residents' duty hours, thereby maintaining our
educational priorities. Our Hospitalist program cares for
patients not admitted to the resident service, ensuring
compliance with admission caps. Our dayfloat system assures that
residents are able to leave the hospital at an appropriate time
after a night on call.
Are most of the patients
admitted already pre-diagnosed?
No! That's one of the major advantages of training at MedStar
Franklin Square. The majority of admissions are initial
presentations arriving de novo from the community. Residents have
the opportunity and the challenge to evaluate patients without
the bias of previous diagnostic labels.
Is education a core mission of
MedStar Franklin Square has sponsored medical education programs
for more than 100 years dating back to the 1890s (then known as
the Maryland Medical College). A commitment to graduate medical
education is stated as a separate principle in the Mission
Statement of the Hospital Board of Trustees. As part of our
commitment to education, the hospital maintains a state of the
art Educational Conference Center (including a 250-seat
auditorium), the Hospitalist program and an innovative
computerized knowledge base (the virtual library), available at
the point of care.
What is MedStar
MedStar Health is a hospital system consisting of seven teaching
hospitals in the Baltimore-Washington region, including MedStar
Franklin Square. The Washington division consists of the MedStar
Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University Hospital and
the National Rehabilitation Hospital. MedStar has major
affiliations with the University of Maryland and Georgetown
University, and also sponsors its own research foundation.
Residents are able to take various electives and other rotations
at any MedStar hospital and its University affiliates.
How does the major affiliation
with the University of Maryland affect my residency
In addition to elective opportunities, our affiliation allows us
to develop other required experiences at the University of
Maryland. These rotations are designed to complement and expand
the training experience at MedStar Franklin Square, and are
assessed on a regular basis for structure and educational value.
Currently, PGY-III residents spend one month on the medical
consultation service. The affiliation identifies MedStar Franklin
Square as a major training site for students of the University of
Maryland School of Medicine - the presence of third- and
fourth-year students on rotations at our hospital will regularly
involve you as a part of the teaching team.
Do all of my electives have to
be taken at MedStar Franklin Square?
No, electives may be taken locally at the University of Maryland,
Johns Hopkins or the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In
addition, residents may take one elective per year outside the
Baltimore/Washington area. Many residents utilize this
flexibility to design electives that fit their medical and
professional needs. Residents have taken electives at a variety
of hospitals and medical centers, as well as at some unusual
locations such as the environmental medical section at Edgewood
Chemical Arsenal, the Baltimore City Forensics Unit and the
Department of Legal Medicine of the Department of Defense.
Residents have even taken electives outside the country to
fulfill unique educational objectives.
What if I want to practice in
the Baltimore area?
The area surrounding MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (and
other nearby sites in the MedStar Health System) can accommodate
additional physicians. The Department of Medicine is interested
in helping residents develop practices as well as having
graduating residents become actively involved in the Department
of Medicine teaching programs. We see each graduating resident as
a potential faculty colleague. Many graduates start or join
general internal medicine practices in the area. Many alumni have
returned as full-time faculty in general medicine, medical
subspecialties and other specialty areas.
It sounds like I'll be well
trained for a job in general Internal Medicine, but what if I
want to do a fellowship?
Residents graduating from our training program have entered a
variety of fellowship positions . In addition to excellent
training, the faculty and leadership of the Department of
Medicine helps each resident to choose a career path from among
many attractive alternatives. Residents interested in
subspecialty training may schedule electives at hospitals to
which they are applying for fellowship training.
What really makes MedStar
Franklin Square different than other training programs?
- The hospital is located in a major growth area in Baltimore
and has a well-maintained physical plant. Because of a growing
patient population, a major expansion of the hospital is in the
planning stages and is scheduled to be completed by 2010.
- The Administration and Board of Trustees supports Graduate
Medical Education, both philosophically as well as financially.
- The hospital nurses and support services, such as social work
and IV therapy, are second-to-none and allow residents to
concentrate on providing patient care and focus on their
- Our administration and the Department of Medicine faculty
work to retain as many graduating residents as possible as
clinical and faculty colleagues involved in the patient care and
teaching programs of the Department of Medicine.
- Our affiliation with the University of Maryland School of
Medicine allows access to resources usually exclusive to a
University hospital. This provides a "best of both worlds"
approach to resident education.
For more information, call
443-777-6346 or toll-free 1-800-688-8169. We are happy to answer