The IU Arnett Family Medicine Residency program is a newly established residency, with the first class having begun its training in 2018.
Our residency, developed out of the Indiana University School of Medicine residency expansion initiative, is an unopposed, community-based program located in Lafayette, Indiana.
Creating a new program has allowed many unique opportunities, including a longitudinal schedule during the first two years of training. During the longitudinal rotations, each resident will spend a half-day on their various specialty rotations. For example, a resident may have their outpatient pediatrics rotation on Monday morning, Sports medicine Monday Afternoon, their own clinic on Tuesday morning, behavioral health on Tuesday afternoon, and so on. Other rotations such as Inpatient adult medicine, Inpatient Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Surgery, and Electives still occur in the usual block format.
While being an Indiana University School of Medicine residency site in a community setting outside of Indianapolis has created autonomy regarding our development, we are still fortunate enough to have the guidance and all the resources affiliated with the School of Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine.
As a program which has 5 residents a year, the residents have developed amazing camaraderie and truly become a second family. Furthermore, with being a community-based program there is great collegiality between the residents and faculty.
What has been extremely enjoyable for the faculty and the residents has been the opportunity to develop and shape a residency. As a program we are always open to feedback and evaluate ways to adjust and improve our curriculums, clinics, and processes. Recently, we started developing and integrating tracks into our program. Thus far we have created a Sports Medicine track and a hospitalist track which will start in 2020, with intent to add Geriatrics and Global Health Tracks within the next year.
Our clinic, located in the medical office building attached to the hospital, provides integrated health care. Within our team are Behavioral Health specialists, Pharmacists, and Dieticians. We also have two procedure rooms, and an OMT table for our DO graduates to continue using their skills.
The greater Lafayette area, with a population above 125,000 people, is approximately 50 minutes Northwest of Indianapolis en route to Chicago. It is home to Purdue University, Prophetstown State Park, and numerous manufacturing and businesses.
Despite being a new program, we have become involved in the community including outreach and participation with the West Lafayette IU School of Medicine campus, participating in volunteer activities such as food banks, elementary school improvement projects, and landscape improvements of the Bauer Family Resource center. Additionally, we participated in an outreach project with IU Health at the Lafayette Pride Fest this past year.
To ensure growth of the program, our faculty routinely attend residency focused conferences throughout the year, meet to discuss our goals for the year, and review what current national family medicine graduates are doing to help develop our curriculums. We seek feedback from our residents and use this to help guide our future. As we started with the foundation for the program, we are looking towards building up the structure and adding in new opportunities within the program such as our tracks and increased procedure clinics.
Here at Arnett, through our unique curriculum and actively engaged residents and faculty, we create spectacular family physicians with the aim to comprehensively serve their patients and communities.