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Welcome to Carolinas HealthCare System Union's Family Medicine Residency Program. Thank you for taking time to discover what our residency program has to offer. The Carolinas HealthCare System Union Family Medicine Residency Program provides residents with an opportunity to practice in a small town and suburban environment.

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The Residency Program formally began in 1997. It is a 1+2 program with the first year based at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte, NC and the next two years based at Carolinas HealthCare System Union, in Monroe, NC. CMC and Carolinas HealthCare System Union are approximately 20 miles apart. Except for two months, the first year curriculum of the Carolinas HealthCare System Union residency is similar to that of the main program. However, the curriculum for the second and third years is different and more specifically focused on training residents who wish to eventually practice in a suburban environment. Continuity experiences are in a private practice and at the public health department in Monroe.

This program was designed based on the "apprenticeship model" in which residents train one-on-one with preceptors in a private practice setting. Our program accepts two residents per year. This allows us to focus on each individual resident's educational needs. The patient population is diverse, with patients ranging from farmers and poultry workers to banking executives and hospital employees. This "real world" setting ultimately prepares residents to care for patients in a variety of environments, including small town, suburban and underserved areas.

Early Beginnings
The Family Medicine Residency Program at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) has a long history of being a strong, nationally recognized and competitive, academic, yet community-based program. Preceded by a program in general practice in the 1950s and 1960s, the current program was approved by the Residency Review Committee for Family Practice of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 1973, under the leadership of David S. Citron, MD.

As the institution has grown, so has the residency program. Under the leadership of a forward-thinking hospital administration, a Department of Family Medicine was organized after the residency was firmly established in the 1980s. From its inception, the program has been substantially affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Over the years, CMC's main family practice residency program has grown to 8-8-8 and has moved four times to larger and more modern facilities. Under the leadership of J. Lewis Sigmon Jr., MD, the Department expanded its pre-doctoral, research and fellowship functions. Its faculty expanded to include more family physicians, an occupational medicine physician, and other doctorate-level allied health educators (e.g. psychology and pharmacy).

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