Family Medicine Residency Program Goals

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  1. Train resident physicians to provide comprehensive continuing care to all of their patients in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere.
  2. Provide training in behavioral science and family dynamics to foster the physician's awareness of the importance of the family unit, societal factors, and psychological factors in optimally treating the patient in a truly holistic manner.
  3. Train resident physicians in a "real world" type practice with appropriate supervision to be capable of effectively managing over 90% of their patients' clinical problems.
  4. Develop resident physicians' skills in coordinating medical care, utilizing both office and community health resources, and promote the appropriate use of consulting specialist physicians to assist in the care of their patients.
  5. Provide physician training experiences in a variety of settings, including the hospital, physician office, nursing home, patient home, and community at large.
  6. Educate resident physicians in real-world practice management skills and stimulate an analytical attitude toward the most efficient and effective use of health care resources in the office and society as a whole.
  7. Encourage residents' development of a professional identity embodying a commitment to excellence, intellectual curiosity, continual self-assessment, integrity, honesty, empathy, maturity, and appropriate humility.
  8. Train resident family physicians in preventive medicine and patient education skills to empower their patients to become partners in achieving health and promoting wellness.
  9. Stimulate medical students' interest in the specialty of Family Medicine and educate the public, students, and other physicians about our specialty.
  10. Assist Cambridge Health Alliance in its mission to provide care for the people in Boston's Metro-North region in the office, hospital, home, athletic field, nursing home, and community-at-large.
  11. As members of the Tufts University School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, assist the department's efforts to educate medical students and to conduct research directed at improving the health of the public. Teach residents and medical students the skills, knowledge, and perspectives needed to understand the essential links between the social, physical, and economic environments and the health of individual patients and their families.
  12. Promote the concept of personal well-being as a necessary prerequisite to long-term professional well-being.
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