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Community Family Medicine Residency Program


Tricia Hern, MD, program director
Tricia Hern, MD
Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Community Health Network. Our goal is to provide you with a residency experience that will prepare you for a lifetime of service to your patients.

As a resident in our program, you will train in a community-based hospital and health care network, an environment we feel is ideal for instruction in family medicine. Family medicine is the only residency program in our network. We currently have 8 - 10 residents per class, with plans for continued growth and expansion. Our program has been in existence for more than 40 years

The program carries a long track record of excellence as evidenced by our continuous accreditation by the ACGME and our graduates’ success on ABFP certification exams.

Although our website contains a lot of information, it cannot tell you who we really are. We encourage you to communicate with any of our faculty or residents. Our residents are our greatest assets, and for prospective applicants are often the best source of information. Experience has shown us that the more you get to know us, the more likely you will want to join our program.

Best of luck to you as you finish your medical school career.

Community Health Network Family Medicine Residency Program at Community Hospital East earns national recognition for patient-centered care

Patient-Centered Medical Home™2011 standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership

Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognized Practice 2011 logo9/24/2013—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that the Community Health Network Family Medicine Residency Program at Community Hospital East has received recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly-coordinated care and long‐term participative relationships. Community’s program is the first to achieve this level of recognition in Indianapolis.

The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care. The PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is supported by clinician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient’s healthcare needs and coordinate treatments across the healthcare system. Medical home clinicians demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including open scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health information systems. Continue reading >>

Grants of $2.4 million to support Family Medicine Residency awarded in 2010-2011

Community Health Network Foundation, which raises financial support for Community Health Network, has been awarded more than $2.4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The three grants are being used to transform Community’s current Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) into a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, increase resident enrollment and purchase medical training equipment. The PCMH model is a family physician-led approach to providing comprehensive primary care for people of all ages and medical conditions through patient care coordination.

Community was awarded a $1,304,974, five-year grant to transform its FMRP into a PCMH model through a restructuring process that revamped our residency curriculum and the residency practices into medical homes. This transformation will prepare residents, many of whom will choose to practice in medically underserved communities, to deliver care in an existing medical home model practice or to build a new medical home model practice upon graduation.

Community is contributing 38 percent of the total $2,072,664 project budget over the five-year grant period. Community’s network-wide collaboration will engage many Community experts, including its process improvement and information services teams.

A second $960,000 grant is being used to increase the program’s resident enrollment, adding residency slots for doctor of osteopathy graduates. These residents are required to enroll in the underserved medicine area of concentration, which requires six months of training in community-based clinical rotations.

A third $212,785 HRSA grant funds equipment needed to train family medicine residents during their obstetrical and pediatric rotation. The grant funded an ultrasound machine, non-stress test, colposcope, Noelle® birthing simulator, SimNewBTM neonatal simulator, and audiovisual equipment, all of which will help Community further develop its unique legacy of educating family medicine residents in the comprehensive health care of women.

March of Dimes grant for Centering Pregnancy program

In 2011, we were awarded a March of Dimes Grant for the Centering Pregnancy program at the Jane Pauley Shadeland Family Care Center. Centering Pregnancy is a group model of OB care that has shown tremendous results with at risk populations. The model fits well with our PCMH Initiatives and will be a great framework from which to provide other group visits. More information >>

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