Family Medicine Residency Program
About Our Program
Ascension St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency Program was established in 1972 and accepts ten residents per year for the three-year program. The residency is accredited by the Family Medicine Residency Review Committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program has also been awarded Osteopathic Recognition accreditation by the ACGME for our optional Osteopathic Track. Physicians who complete the Osteopathic track are eligible for both the ABFM and the AOBFP board certification upon graduation. Our program encourages residents to pursue an Area of Concentration (AOC) during the last two years of the program, allowing the development of advanced skills in an area of particular interest to the resident and valuable to their future careers. Advanced Obstetrics, Sports Medicine, Palliative/Hospice Medicine and Hospital Medicine are some examples of completed AOC’s.
The Family Medicine Residency Program is part of Ascension St. Vincent’s HealthCare, which was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1916. Ascension St. Vincent’s HealthCare is a member of Ascension, which is the nation’s largest nonprofit health system. Today Ascension St. Vincent’s consists of four hospitals (Riverside, Southside, Clay and St. Johns County), urgent care centers, ambulatory centers and a Medical Group with providers in Primary Care and Specialty Care practices. The Family Medicine Center is responsible for more than 38,000 office visits per year.
The program emphasizes continuity and full-spectrum care and is designed to develop critical clinical skills and decision making abilities. The residency embraces evidence based medicine and has had a fully implemented EMR since 2006. The program is staffed by fifteen full-time faculty physicians who are dedicated to resident education. This faculty includes Family Physicians with areas of special interest such obstetrics, manual therapy, geriatrics, practice management, sports medicine, nutrition, medical informatics, hospital medicine and infertility as well as specialists boarded in OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Clinical Psychology. This unique blend allows for comprehensive training and development of the personal interests of residents. Extra training in obstetrics and perinatology is available through the OB Track (AOC). Required subspecialty and elective rotations can be completed with a wide variety of specialists at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside and other area hospitals who are also dedicated to the education of family physicians.
CertificationOur program has been fully accredited by the ACGME since 1972, also has the additional accreditation for Osteopathic Recognition. Both MD and DO residents train side-by-side which creates unique and valuable learning opportunities, with a structured curriculum to allow DO residents to continue developing advanced OMT skills. In addition to experienced Family Medicine physicians, our core faculty also includes Obstetricians, Pediatrician, Clinical Psychologist, and Clinical Pharmacist. This, along with our innovative schedule and ample elective time, provides training which allows our graduates to practice full-spectrum family medicine upon graduation.
About Ascension St. Vincent's Health Care
In Jacksonville, Florida, Ascension’s St. Vincent’s HealthCare operates four hospitals in addition to dozens of healthcare facilities and employs more than 5,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension St. Vincent’s provided more than $75 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Jacksonville for over 130 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.
The Family Medicine Center is located across from Ascension St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside and is the focal point of the residency program. The Family Medicine Center simulates a private family medicine office where we provide care for a balanced population of private pay, managed care and indigent patients. It is one of the main vehicles by which Ascension St. Vincent's fulfills its Mission of compassionate, accessible medical care for all patients in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas.
The Family Medicine Center is a 30,000 square-foot building including 36 exam rooms and a laboratory. There are four well-equipped procedure rooms available for dermatologic procedures, colposcopy and other procedures. When performing procedures there is appropriate faculty supervision. Monitoring and constructive feedback assures and promotes sound medical knowledge and clinical skills. The Family Medicine Center also has an ultrasound room, two preceptor work areas, faculty offices, resident work areas, conference rooms and business office space.
While in the Family Medicine Center, residents gain experience in the concepts and principles of family medicine and ambulatory care. Residents provide care for their assigned families, exposing each physician to a wide spectrum of chronic illnesses, acute problems and health maintenance issues throughout their training. Emphasis is placed on continuity of care and the doctor-patient relationship as crucial factors in the art of healing.