The IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency at IU School of Medicine is a three-year community-based training program that covers the full spectrum of family medicine and allows residents to explore special areas of interest.
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Residents in the IU School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency at IU Health Arnett train in a new ambulatory-care facility on the IU Health campus in Lafayette, allowing for integrated learning with in-patient, obstetrics and ambulatory care.
Being part of a large and nationally recognized medical school provides this family medicine residency program with distinct advantages, including access to a large and diverse patient population, vast resources for research, continuous quality-improvement projects, academic work of faculty, and a wide array of collaboration opportunities from both academic and community settings to facilitate resident growth.
While labels such as community-based and medical school-based (or academic) as well as opposed or unopposed are prevalent in describing residency programs, the actual training environment of a program typically has aspects of each type depending on staffing levels, patient volume, proximity of educational training facilities and other considerations. For example, a community-based, unopposed program can provide phenomenal opportunities in most or all rotational experiences, but face challenges in some disciplines due to scarcity in physician availability, patient populations and educational resources. Similarly, an academic, opposed (or partially opposed) program can also provide phenomenal opportunities in rotational experiences across the board but may be challenged in some disciplines due to the same factors that can stretch a community-based, unopposed program. Depending on the context of a specific program, the strengths and weaknesses of the training experience are unique and dependent on how opportunities and resources are structured.