I am thrilled that you are interested in family medicine as a career! The U.S. healthcare system needs you! One day we will have a system of care based on a solid primary care foundation that is as strong as the highly sophisticated tertiary and specialty care for which American medicine is renowned. I believe it is the destiny of family medicine to be the mainstay of this primary care foundation. I envision a future where every American has a medical home, staffed by highly skilled family physicians providing state-of-the-art, technologically advanced healthcare.
Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency (CFMR) is truly a "residency within a practice." Our residents work alongside our 36 family medicine faculty in a private practice model, Cabarrus Family Medicine (CFM). Our residents see patients in one of four family medicine offices that are located in Mt. Pleasant, Concord, Kannapolis, and Harrisburg. These offices care for more than 80,000 patients, all of whom have their charts readily available on our electronic health system. This large patient population provides an excellent opportunity for practice-based education and research. You will not only read about illness here, you will see it and treat it, hands on!
Cabarrus Family Medicine is part of Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) headquartered in Charlotte. As part of this integrated healthcare system our residents have access to numerous electives at Carolinas Medical Center, and our practice and program are supported by an institution that values both patient care and resident and medical student education.
Our family medicine faculty is well trained, diverse, and committed to teaching patient care. Our vibrant family medicine inpatient service at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast provides the core of our inpatient training. All of our general inpatient medicine training occurs on the family medicine service, where teaching is led by two of our graduates who have specialized in hospital medicine (without needing to do a fellowship!). Our inpatient service offers a true "cradle to grave" family medicine experience that will expose you to the right mix and volume of patients to ensure you receive the training you need for practice.
Advanced Patient-Centered Training
There is a lot to learn in family medicine. To be honest, most of us started off scared that we couldn't do it, but let me reassure you that you can learn it. We are here to provide you with well supervised patient-centered training experiences that will prepare you to be a personal physician ready for practice. It is our goal to train you so that your first day of practice will be an "Oh, I know how to do this," experience.
We believe that all family physicians should have the opportunity to pursue additional training beyond the core in an area of their own choosing. We don't think you should have to do a fellowship to get this training, which is why we offer our innovative Areas of Concentration (AOC). An AOC allows a resident to design optional training in an area of interest, usually related to future practice plans. We have been national leaders in the development of AOCs. Areas of Concentration completed by our residents include: advanced maternity/women's healthcare, diabetic patient education, advanced training in the care of children, hospice and palliative care, and international/travel medicine, which is our most popular AOC.
A Variety of Opportunities
Our annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic provides residents and students the chance to offer their service and skills to the developing world where the need is great and the resources scarce. We have a monthly Mission medicine meeting to support those called to this servant leadership.
Many of our applicants are interested in sports medicine. Our CFMR sports medicine training and fellowship are exceptional! Four fellowship trained sports medicine faculty practice and teach at the Sports Medicine and Injury Clinic and we have two additional sports medicine facilities at our Prosperity Crossing office in Charlotte. Opportunities are available to be a team doctor at any of seven local high schools, and our fellow works at college-level sports as well. Fellows rotate through two different orthopedic practices as well as working side by side with our family medicine faculty in the CFM offices and at the Sports Medicine and Injury Center.
Perhaps the best measure of our program is the quality of our graduates. Our graduates' board scores have consistently exceeded the national average. When surveyed one year after graduation, 100 percent of our graduates agreed that their residency training prepared them well for practice.
As a future family physician, a world of opportunities awaits you! No other medical discipline offers the rich variety of family medicine! Finding the right residency is about finding the right fit. We believe Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program has much to offer both professionally and personally for you and your family. We look forward to getting to know you personally and showing you our first-rate facilities and program. Tell us what you envision for your future; we will help make your dream come true.
Mark D. Robinson, MD