The Family Medicine Residency program at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center is approved for 12 residents. We are currently a 4-4-4 program and has full ACGME accreditation. The residents have experiences at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center’s 900-bed teaching hospital and UH Geauga Medical Center. They gain valuable experiences not only working with the inner city indigent care patients but also get to work with the rural Amish population.
We take advantage of UH Cleveland Medical Center and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's by having the family medicine residents rotate in the neonatal intensive care unit, newborn nursery, pediatric emergency department, pediatric inpatient services and labor and delivery unit. There is a wealth of tertiary care experience for residents at UH Cleveland Medical Center.
The program has quarterly journal clubs with family medicine attendings participating. The residents also participate in community service at multiple health fairs and event coverage. The hospital has purchased laptops for each family medicine resident to use for EMR, medical research and home call.
We are proud to have the distinction of Osteopathic Recognition and provide ongoing training throughout the residency, quarterly osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) didactics and hands on conferences with certified OMT faculty. OMT is also integrated into our weekly didactic curriculum.
Each resident participates as a resident physician member of the University Hospitals Primary Care Institute Quality Assurance Committee, which is led by UH Primary Care Institute Regional Director, Larry Witmer, DO., Associate Program Director. They meet on a monthly basis to review medical cases that were voluntarily submitted for analysis, in order to determine if the standard of care was met and decide what appropriate actions would help to better the future patient care experience. Residents are tasked to review and present the cases to the whole panel. Each resident physician has an equal voice amongst other panel members in analysis of patient care quality issues and providing recommendations for the final disposition of the case. Being a member of this group allows for a powerful learning experience in both the practice of medicine and the art of complete patient care.
Our residents have the opportunity to provide team coverage in collaboration with the UH Sports Medicine Institute who provide coverage to multiple high schools, colleges and professionals sports teams.
Residents are expected to develop a continuity panel of patients. Our family medicine continuity clinic sites are with well-established UH system physicians with the goal of providing adequate volume and a large scope of patient mix to attain 1,000 clinic hours during residency.
Overall, the UH system has been very supportive of our family medicine program both economically and philosophically. They really see the benefit of having a strong family medicine program to enhance the growth of the entire system.