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Family Medicine Residency at IU Health Arnett


The Indiana University School of Medicine Arnett Family Medicine Residency program at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital is a three-year program within the expansive IU School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education. Launched in 2018, the program facilitates learning across the continuum of care with its distinctive longitudinal curriculum model. As an unopposed, community-based program, family medicine residents are prepared to provide patient-centered care through multidisciplinary efforts that integrate comprehensive team-based care and population health approaches for individuals, families and the community. 

Residents receive the opportunity to participate in both outpatient and inpatient learning as well as subspecialty tracks if desired. During the three years, most learning opportunities occur on a one-on-one basis with the attending physicians. As residents rotate through their curriculum rotations, they have the unique opportunity to help develop and shape the residency program through routine feedback with faculty and program administration.

While being an Indiana University School of Medicine residency site in a community setting outside of Indianapolis has created autonomy during the program's development, being part of a large, nationally recognized medical school has provided us with guidance and all the resources to help during our growth. 

Program Information

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Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the IU School of Medicine Arnett Family Medicine Residency!

2021 marks the first year with graduating residents, and as I reflect on the past three years, I am amazed at the passion, support, and confidence these inaugural groups of residents have given the program. With the effort and uncertainty which can be associated with a new program (and then throw in a pandemic and chaos of training) it is inspiring what they have accomplished. Demonstrating the strength of our program, our first five graduating residents had 100% board pass success; three staying in the Lafayette area; one is traveling back home to spread the IU School of Medicine Arnett name internationally; and one successfully matched into a geriatric fellowship program.

Over the past three years there has been amazing support and culture created within the residency. A family like atmosphere has been present since the beginning. While each day can bring new challenges and frustrations, I am always excited to have the opportunity to work with this team, tackle what needs to be done, and have the chance to celebrate when we meet our goals. The challenges we have experienced, and may experience in the future, are only conquered through a commitment to feedback from residents and insight through their experiences.

Looking ahead at some of the future initiatives of the program: we developed residency leadership positions to support wellness and resiliency and community outreach and advocacy. We have also recently developed residency tracks to include Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, resident participation in the Global Health Program, and start a Hospitalist track this coming year. Our biggest goal looking into the future is continuing to have a supportive and fun environment with a program built on passion and feedback from all team members.

Initially starting as core faculty in 2017 and then transitioning to Program Director in 2021, I am privileged to be a member of this team. I am thrilled with the prospect of leading a new program and love working with an incredible group of residents, clinical and office staff, and faculty. Through all our hard work, it is wonderful to have expanded medical education opportunities in the Greater Lafayette area, create an innovative longitudinal schedule, and see the growth and development of our resident physicians.

Program Director
39009-Dams, Travis

Travis J. Dams, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

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Family Medicine Residency in Lafayette

Medical students who are considering a Family Medicine residency in Lafayette can find out more about IU School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Education program, including stipends, benefits and policies.

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