Developing family physicians who specialize in the advocacy and care of underserved populations
Community Hospital East Family Medicine Residency and The Jane Pauley Community Health Centers have an exciting partnership as we began an underserved residency track to train family physicians in the care of underserved populations in July 2016.
- Two residents from our class of ten residents each year will be selected into this track. Selection to the underserved track begins after match day. Residents fill out an application and then have an interview with the track director and our track residents. We select two residents who best fit our mission and goals. However, all residents spend time and learn here at Jane Pauley and will be immersed in caring for underserved populations.
- The Jane Pauley Community Health Center-Shadeland is the site for the residents to provide primary care to a continuity panel of patients over a three-year period, supervised by faculty from the residency program.
- Residents will receive hands-on training in a Federally Qualified Health Center, learning the unique skills required to most effectively care for underserved populations.
- The Jane Pauley Community Health Center-Shadeland will serve as a patient-centered medical home to its patients, with an interdisciplinary team-based care model, involving physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists, social workers, and nurse care managers.
Dr. Cindy Meneghini serves as Associate Director of the Community East Family Medicine Residency, as the Site Director of Jane Pauley Community Health Center-Shadeland, and as the underserved track director. She attended medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine, then did her residency training at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn Illinois, where she also completed a fellowship in women’s health. Dr. Meneghini practices full-spectrum family medicine with a strong interest in procedures and women’s and children’s healthcare. She also has training in addiction, with a special interest for buprenorphine training of family medicine residents.
The underserved track is well supported by our outstanding onsite faculty of Dr. Aria Arrizabalaga, Dr. Casandra Cashman, Dr. Rita Devnani, Dr. Sagi Mathew, Dr. Maurice Henein and Dr. Judy Robinson.
The Jane Pauley Community Health Center was established in 2009 with generous support from the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Community Health Network and the Community Health Network Foundation. It is named after Jane Pauley, a 1968 Warren Central High School graduate who grew up in the area and is well known as the former anchor of NBC-TV’s Today and Dateline programs.
Our program offers an obstetrics track for residents with a strong interest in family medicine obstetrics to help prepare them to actively practice obstetrics after graduation. We include emphasis on preconception, prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care. The track typically has 1-2 residents per year, and selection into the track is made in spring of the intern year.
Highlights of this track include:
- At least 20 continuity deliveries
- Obstetrics-related elective time
- Participation in a minimum of two Centering Pregnancy prenatal care groups (with one as a “junior faculty”)
- Scholarly activity of the resident’s choosing within the field of obstetrics
The obstetrics track is directed by Dr. Casandra Cashman, a women’s health fellowship-trained faculty member who actively practices family medicine obstetrics at Community East. Her clinical interests include obstetrics, contraception, newborn care, lactation, colposcopy/LEEP and reproductive health.
Sports Medicine Track
Our program offers an optional sports medicine track for residents interested in pursuing a Sports Medicine Fellowship after graduation. We follow the official recommended sports medicine track of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine’s (AMSSM) to give our residents the best chance of successfully matching into Sports Medicine Fellowship at the end of their residency. The goal is to provide additional education, training, and exposure to the resident on top of the required core education provided at the residency.
- During intern year the resident will be assigned to a local high school as a team physician.
- The resident will be supervised and mentored by the school’s sports medicine physician and athletic trainer and expected to cover football games and mass events.
- Hands-on physical exam, injection, casting workshops, dedicated sports medicine or osteopathic rotations and journal clubs.
- Ultrasound with dedicated MSK probes to gain experience with both diagnostic and injection guidance utilities of the machine.