Why Choose Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program

Family Medicine Residency Program Highlights

The Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program is an unopposed residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The residency was established in 1979 and is affiliated with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program educates resident physicians on the philosophy and principles of family medicine.  By teaching the resident physicians proper utilization of health care resources in a variety of settings, the program provides well-rounded training and prepares physicians to deliver quality medical care to patients. The training also prepares physicians for certification by the American Board of Family Medicine. Our program is well supported by community physicians, many of whom are graduates of the program.

Under the direct supervision of the residency faculty physicians, our resident physicians complete a three-year residency where they see patients in several different settings:

• Primary Care Clinic
• Hospital
• Emergency Care
• Nursing Homes / Long-Term Care Centers / Post-Acute Care Centers

The Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program provides comprehensive, cost-effective, and empathetic health care to those living in Wichita Falls and the surrounding areas, including those who are indigent. Our hospital and community physician rotations allow for resident physicians to receive a broad-range of Family Medicine training, involving communication with consulting specialists from day one of training.

The faculty and staff of the Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program have a commitment to pursue these endeavors, to support the personal growth of the resident physicians, and to ensure training that reflects the evolving character of family medicine. It offers a balanced approach to family medicine: the psychosocial aspects of illness are considered with the biomedical aspects of the illness. Health promotion and prevention are integrated into traditional diagnostic and therapeutic medicine so that the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of patient care are included in our approach.

Program Objectives

The global educational objectives listed below are not intended to be all-inclusive, nor should they limit faculty or residents from constantly striving for improvement in the performance of all competencies at all year levels. Our residents, faculty, and program are continuously evaluated to ensure success in achieving these competencies, goals, and objectives

Our Training Hospital

Our training hospital, United Regional, provides high-quality health care as the area’s only Level 2 Trauma Center and the Primary Stroke Center for the region.  With 325 beds, United Regional had 14,600 admissions and 75,000 ER visits last year alone.  United Regional is Joint Commission accredited, and has earned the Pathway to Excellence designation.

Family Health Center

The Family Health Center is a service of Community Healthcare Center, and our mission is to provide quality, affordable, primary care and preventive services by reaching out to everyone, including the underserved. We are located in the downtown area of Wichita Falls, just 1 mile from United Regional Hospital.  With a community of 132,000 people, residents at the Family Health Center clinical site used patient care teams to treat a diverse population with a combined total of over 21,000 clinical encounters in 2016.

Procedures

As an unopposed program, residents who receive training at the Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program are exposed to a wide variety of procedures throughout their training, especially in the clinic and during their ER rotations.  Residents frequently perform joint injections, paracentesis, thoracentesis, LPs, skin biopsies, toenail removals, colposcopies and a variety of other procedures, based on interest and necessity.

The Residents

We are a big family from different backgrounds (African, American, Asian, European, Latin, etc.)  You can meet our current residents here.

Patient Care

Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

By the end of the residency, the family medicine resident will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families.
  • Gather essential and accurate information about their patients
  • Make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment.
  • Develop and carry out patient management plans.
  • Counsel and educate patients and their families.
  • Use information technology to support patient care decisions and patient education.
  • Perform competently all clinical procedures essential for the practice of family medicine. This includes competency in performing procedures, using appropriate indications, contraindications, and informed consent, and evaluating the results of these procedures, as detailed in the various curricular components.
  • Provide health care services aimed at preventing health problems or maintaining health.
  • Work with health care professionals, including those from other disciplines, to provide patient-centered care.

Medical Knowledge

Residents must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.

By the end of the residency, the family medicine resident will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations.
  • Demonstrate a sufficient level of understanding of the clinical, basic, and social sciences that underlie the practice of internal medicine, and be able to demonstrate that they can apply their knowledge to patient care, patient education, and the education of other members of the health care team:
    • Areas of knowledge will include understanding the pathogenesis, pathophysiology, epidemiology, historical issues, relevant physical findings, test utilization, means of confirming a diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and prevention of the most common inpatient and outpatient clinical disorders cared for by family physicians.
  • Describe how various aspects of disease are affected by gender, age, ethnicity, culture, and/or disability.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Residents must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.

By the end of the residency, the family medicine resident will be able to:

  • Analyze practice experience and perform practice-based improvement activities using a systematic methodology.
  • Conduct a self-evaluation of the cognitive, technical, attitudinal, and procedural aspects of care that they provide to their patients.
  • Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems.
  • Obtain and use information about their own population of patients and the larger population from which their patients are drawn.
  • Apply knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to the appraisal of clinical studies and other information on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Use information technology to manage information, access online medical information, and support their own education.
  • Facilitate the learning of students and other healthcare professionals.
  • Prior to the completion of training, all residents will demonstrate scholarly activity. At a minimum, this will include:
    • Presentation of a 50-minute senior talk.
    • The application of evidence-based medicine skills through ongoing participation in journal club and resident rounds.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients, families, and professional associates.

By the end of the residency, the family medicine resident will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication when participating in patient care, consulting and collaborating with colleagues and coworkers, teaching and presenting in the academic center, and most importantly during information exchange and collaboration with patients and their families.
  • Create and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients.
  • Use effective listening skills and elicit and provide information using effective nonverbal, explanatory, questioning, and writing skills.
  • Work effectively with others as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group.

Professionalism

Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.

By the end of the residency, the family medicine resident will be able to:

  • Demonstrate respect, compassion, and integrity; a responsiveness to the needs of patients and society that supersedes self-interest; accountability to patients, society, and the profession; and a commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles pertaining to provision or withholding of clinical care, confidentiality of patient information, informed consent, and business practices.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patients’ culture, age, gender, ethnicity, and/or disabilities.

Systems-based Practice

Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.

By the end of the residency, the family medicine resident will be able to:

  • Understand how their patient care and other professional practices affect other health care professionals, the health care organization, and the larger society, and how these elements of the system affect their own practice.
  • Know how types of medical practice and delivery systems differ from one another, including methods of controlling health care costs and allocating resources.
  • Practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise quality of care.
  • Advocate for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities.
  • Know how to partner with health care managers and health care providers to assess, coordinate, and improve health care and know how these activities can affect system performance.