Saint Francis Hospital’s three-year Family Medicine Residency Program is affiliated with Temple University School of Medicine and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Saint Francis Hospital Family Practice Residency Program is a supportive environment in which to grow as a family physician, we also serve as a satellite teaching site for Temple and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) students in their third and fourth years of medical school. We are the only residency at Saint Francis Hospital.
Saint Francis Hospital has a two-pronged mission of providing excellent patient care and training excellent family physicians; these missions complement each other. Saint Francis Family Medicine is now in its fourth decade of educating residents and preparing those who serve as the foundation of primary care. Among our graduates are physicians who have been faculty members in many teaching programs, team doctor for Olympic and collegiate sports teams, and physicians who are in clinical practice throughout the region and the country. Recent graduates have practiced in traditional family medicine practices, hospitalist positions, as well as ER and urgent care settings. Recent graduates have pursued fellowship training in hospice and palliative care medicine and urgent care.
Every resident is assigned to a mentor at the start of residency training. The mentor is a faculty member who meets regularly with the resident to discuss his/her progress. Monthly rotation evaluations are reviewed as well as the pluses and minuses of each rotation. Future goals are discussed, and as the resident moves through the three-year program, there is often a personal bond which develops. The resident has a role model with which to discuss a wide variety of issues.
The Family Practice Center is housed in the Medical Service Building adjacent to the main Hospital. Its convenient location provides residents with direct access to their inpatients for care. The Family Practice Center is spacious and comfortable, and built specifically to meet the needs of the teaching program. The Family Practice Center fully and successfully implemented their EHR in July 2010. Every patient room and consult room is equipped with computers for EHR and plenty of space for families and a preceptor if needed.