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Houston, Texas

Anatomy instruction at Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
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Residency Program - Message from the Program Director

Family physicians specialize in being generalists. They evaluate the full spectrum of patients' health problems, treat most of them, and refer a few to specialists with more narrow fields of expertise. They are responsible for making sound diagnostic and treatment decisions based on current medical information. Family physicians inquire about the stresses and transitions of life, and about other family members. Family physicians routinely consider the interaction between family factors and the health of family members. Family physicians serve as patient advocates, explaining the causes, contexts, and implications of illness, as well as being advisors and confidants for individuals and whole families.

While life as a family physician is intellectually challenging, one of the greatest rewards is the depth of human understanding and emotional satisfaction inherent in family practice. The Baylor programs prepare its residents to cultivate the kinds of doctor-patient-family relationships that foster mutual trust and respect.

Doctor conferring with residents

We are looking for residents with a love of learning and burning curiosity. The faculty seeks to stimulate and help satisfy the residents' thirst for knowledge and expertise. This educational approach is designed to fuel an enthusiasm for life-long learning. Physicians need to keep up with the inevitable advances in knowledge to enjoy medicine throughout their careers. Our curriculum in evidence-based medicine and medical informatics helps residents hone their skills for critically appraising medical literature and modifying their clinical decision-making.
Our overall goal is to help our residents become the best family physicians possible. The two unique Family Medicine Centers and the world-renowned Texas Medical Center provide a dynamic medical environment for developing strong clinical skills. The opportunities are outstanding.

Our overall goal is to help our residents become the best family physicians possible. We want to develop you to be a future leader in your community. The two unique Family Medicine Centers and the world-renowned Texas Medical Center provide a dynamic medical environment for developing strong clinical skills. The opportunities are outstanding.

Overall Education Goals and Objectives

To train residents to be capable family physicians with the following attributes:

  • Proficient in all competencies as required and defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Adept in cultivating the kinds of doctor-patient-family relationships that foster mutual trust and respect through effective communication and good interpersonal skills
  • Able to provide compassionate care by inquiring about the stresses and transitions of life, and about other patient family members and by routinely considering the interaction between family factors and the health of family members
  • Skillful in patient advocacy, explaining the causes, contexts, and implications of illness, as well as being an advisor and confidant for individuals and whole families
  • Committed to comprehensive care of patients with a broad range of medical conditions by making sound diagnostic and treatment decisions based on current medical information, across the spectrum of acute illness and chronic medical problems, as well as preventive health strategies
  • Expert in the application of evidence-based, cost-conscious strategies to diagnosis and disease management in patients, when hospitalized as well as in the continuity clinic setting
  • Equipped with skills to function as a member of a multidisciplinary team within the Patient Centered Medical Home model and its neighborhood, caring for patients in the hospital, the continuity clinic, nursing home and home settings
  • Capable of performing the common clinical procedures needed to serve patients’ needs, and adhering to patient safety standards at all times
  • Competent to lead in their organizations and communities with capacity to achieve tremendous personal growth in any setting: academic or private; privileged or underserved; rural, urban, suburban or global settings; group or solo practice
  • Prepared to teach and inspire others to be Family Medicine physicians through advocacy and role modeling
  • Worthy and understanding of the principles of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Dedicated to be life long learning and at all times maintaining the certifying standards of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)

Eric Warwick, M.D., Program Director

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