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Family Medicine Residency Program FAQs

Where is the program in the process of the single accreditation system?

We have a 10-year accreditation with ACGME.

Is the program unopposed?

Yes, we are the only residency program at Houston Medical Center.

Do you have an electronic medical record (EMR)?

Yes, we have EMR’s at both Houston Medical Center and the Pavilion Family Medicine Center.

Are there opportunities for residents to develop their skills as educators?

Yes. Residents actively teach interns, their fellow residents, medical students, as well as gain some exposure to advanced practice nurses and nursing students. Residents also develop formal presentations for the program academic sessions and hospital continuing medical education (CME) activities.

Is there an educational component to the program?

Yes. Formal didactic sessions are held each Thursday afternoon. Faculty and residents give presentations at this time and engage in other educational activities such as case-based discussions, osteopathic manipulative medicine workshops, and quality improvement initiatives. Morning report occurs daily.

Are research opportunities available?

Yes, residents actively participate in program and hospital projects and quality improvement initiatives. Submission of the results of these projects for publication and poster presentations at national conferences is required for program completion.

What is it like to live in Houston County?

Houston County offers a great community blend of city, suburban, and rural living. It is within easy access to Houston Medical Center, Pavilion Family Medicine Center, and a variety of recreational, sporting, and cultural activities. Warner Robins is one of the fastest-growing cities in Georgia. Perry is known for its quaint, Southern charm.

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Does the program have recognition under the ACGME?

Yes, the program is approved by ACGME and educate both osteopathic and allopathic residents in our program.

What is osteopathic medicine?

In the United States, osteopathic medicine is a system of medical care with a philosophy that combines the needs of patients with the current practice of medicine and surgery. Osteopathic philosophy emphasizes internal relationships of structure and function, with an appreciation of the body’s ability to heal itself.

Osteopathic physicians (DOs) attend Osteopathic medical schools; they receive the traditional four-year comprehensive medical education with an additional emphasis on disease prevention and treatment of the total person, rather than their disease alone — because of their total-person philosophy, many osteopathic physicians specialize in primary care fields such as family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and emergency medicine.

Doctors of Osteopathic (DOs) Medicine are also specially trained in manual medicine for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. With this training emphasis, some osteopathic physicians specialize in rehabilitation and sports medicine — indeed, you’ll find many DOs as pro-sports and college team physicians.

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