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Family Medicine Residency Programs
The IU School of Medicine offers three Family Medicine residency programs located throughout Indiana. The flagship program, IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency, is based in Indianapolis with IU Health Methodist Hospital. The Lafayette-based residency program is partnered with IU Health Arnett Hospital. The newest residency program in Jasper is partnered with Memorial Hospital.
All family medicine residents within the IU School of Medicine programs are trained to identify the preventive needs of patients, promote healthy lifestyles, provide ongoing routine care and emotional support, diagnose and treat acute and chronic illness, and work with consultants and other physician specialists to care for unusual and complex medical problems.
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.