UT/Saint Francis Family Medicine Center
The care of the ambulatory patient is the cornerstone of Family Medicine, a specialty defined by its comprehensive and continuous patient care. Much of the family physician's training occurs in the office setting. The Family Practice Center (FPC) provides our residents with many learning opportunities in ambulatory care and preventive medicine. During their three years of training, residents develop their own patient population. An increased emphasis is placed on the educational opportunities in the office setting during the 2nd and 3rd years of residency.
Under faculty supervision, the residents provide care for patients of all socioeconomic and age levels. It is in this setting that they master outpatient management of common problems, such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as providing pregnancy and well-child care. By the end of their training, our Family Practice residents are capable of managing most patient problems seen in the office setting.
The FPC is a model practice. It is a modern facility, built in 1991, specifically for the residency program. There are 24 patient rooms, a state-of-the-art procedure suite, a large waiting area, as well as faculty and resident offices. The clinic has on-site management, and medical records.
A variety of advanced procedural skills are performed in the office. The procedure suite is equipped to perform upper and lower GI endoscopy, pelvic and abdominal ultrasound, colposcopy (including cryotherapy and LEEP), exercise treadmills, and pulmonary function testing. Each procedure room has remote audio and video capabilities that allow residents in the video conference room to learn from the procedure.
Residents participate in the management of the clinic through an active clinic committee. They are involved in hiring and evaluation of office personnel and develop strong relationships with the nurses and clinic staff.