The Family Medicine Residency Program is the most recognized component of the dynamic Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC). Other departmental programs include: the teaching of medical students and initiatives in community-oriented primary care, health promotion/disease prevention, geriatrics, behavioral medicine, sports medicine, occupational health and clinical research, and a novel Integrative Medicine curriculum and principles of LEAN.
The Residency Program formally began in 1973, but its heritage goes back much further with its predecessor, a general practice training program. Our program accepts nine residents each year – six in the main program and three in the urban track. We also have a rural residency program that accepts two residents per year.
Residents selected for the main and urban programs have the majority of their clinical experiences at CMC. We completed construction and moved into our beautiful 23,000 square foot, state-of-the art Family Medicine Center, CMC-Elizabeth Family Medicine (named after the surrounding neighborhood) in September 2009. Our main clinic is located immediately adjacent to CMC-Mercy, a partner hospital located only one mile from CMC. Our Urban Track clinic is located at CMC-Biddle Point.
Our Family Medicine adult inpatient service is located at CMC-Mercy, which is an exciting opportunity that enhances our residents' training experience. In addition to doing their off-service inpatient rotations at CMC (a large, tertiary-care medical center with residents of many other specialties), our residents also experience an "unopposed" setting at CMC-Mercy during the months they are on our adult inpatient service.
The Residency Program is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has always filled its positions with highly qualified residents. Family Medicine is a key component throughout Carolinas HealthCare System, including the community's extensive network of private family physicians. Family physicians, whether faculty or residents, are well accepted in this highly collaborative atmosphere throughout the medical community, but particularly throughout Carolinas Medical Center by faculty and resident peers on other services.
The program offers an array of special opportunities for unique individuals who aspire to become the most competent and well-prepared family physicians for today's ever-changing healthcare environment.