Managing every facet of a patient’s health requires current and complete knowledge of disease treatment and prevention, along with outstanding diagnostic and clinical skills.
The Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency offers a wealth of clinical experience necessary to develop and refine skills in these areas in a challenging, supportive environment.
Broad Patient Care Experience
The three-year residency program is dually accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The AOA Family Medicine Program was granted accreditation in July 2008 and has an affiliation agreement with Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, for post-graduate medical education. Our program offers many opportunities to manage routine and difficult cases on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Residents see a wide range of pathologies in a diverse patient population and master important office and hospital procedures using current techniques and equipment. All residents receive personal laptop computers for use during their training. An Electronic Medical Record is used in our hospital as well as in our outpatient clinic. The well-rounded experience prepares doctors for certification by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Family Medicine Center Outpatient Clinic
Our newly renovated Family Medicine Center is located on the second floor of the South pavilion of the Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Our Family Medicine Center consists of 18 exam rooms, a procedure room, a room for our D.O. residents to perform osteopathic manipulative treatments and an onsite lab for patients. The center also houses a large conference room, faculty, staff and resident offices. Our center functions as a model office and provides ample space for teaching and learning. Our Family Medicine Center receieved Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) accrediation in May of 2013.
An Inviting Approach to Education
Faculty and attending physicians are accessible and take a keen interest in each resident’s progress, providing frequent feedback and modifying patient care responsibilities and education to reflect that progress.
The high faculty-resident ratio makes it possible for attending physicians to give residents much individual attention. The program encourages residents to gradually increase their clinical responsibilities, an approach that provides the freedom to develop diagnostic and clinical skills in a protected environment.
From the beginning, residents act as the patient's primary physician, enter orders in the computerized physician order entry system and admit patients to hospital and clinical services Residents manage their own cases when they feel confident enough to do so, receiving support and consultations from an attending as needed.
Strong Hospital-Physician Partnership
Since its inception in 1976, the Family Medicine Residency Program has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the hospital’s administration – a partnership based on open communication and mutual respect. As the only residency at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, the program receives strong financial and philosophical support.
The Family medicine Residency Program faculty cares about its residents as individuals, respects their unique talents and supports their growth as people and physicians. The emphasis on individual development yields confident, astute clinicians.
Recognizing that doctors with clear insight into their own behaviors and attitudes are better equipped to care for others, the program emphasizes an awareness of the psychosocial interactions inherent in doctor-patient relationships.
Each resident is treated like an attending physician from the start. Although monitored closely, residents have the same authority, privileges and patient care responsibilities as attending physicians and are treated with equal respect by hospital personnel. Residents have time to study, conduct research and pursue personal and professional interests.
Relationships form between the hospital and the residents that often continue beyond completion of the three-year program. ALMH views its residents as doctors who may want to maintain ties to the hospital for many years – perhaps for their entire professional careers.
Fifty-eight percent of our residents have established practices in surrounding communities and maintain this hospital affiliation. Resident begin developing a patient base their first year, as they focus on long-term relationships.