St. Vincent - Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center

The Ascension St. Vincent Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center houses the continuity clinic for the Internal Medicine residency program and is conveniently located just a short walk across the street from the main hospital. With the support of faculty mentors, all internal medicine residents care for a panel of their own patients from the beginning of intern year to the end of residency. Resident physicians develop therapeutic relationships with a medically and culturally diverse group of patients, developing knowledge and skills in ambulatory internal medicine that they will apply to future practice in primary care, subspecialty or hospitalist medicine.

PCC Mission Statement:

The Ascension St. Vincent Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center is dedicated to our patients, our learners, and our entire staff. We show this dedication by:

  • Providing quality accessible care to all persons, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.
  • Providing innovative, holistic, and collaborative education to our students, residents, and fellows.
  • Providing an atmosphere of camaraderie and caring to our entire staff.
  • Providing to all who pass through our doors service to the total individual–body, mind and spirit–through the implementation of the core values of St. Vincent Hospital.

Ascension St. Vincent residency program utilizes an X+Y (3+1) scheduling model with every 4th week focused on ambulatory medicine.

Y week Ambulatory Medicine experiences

  • Residents in all levels of training will see their own panel of patients in their continuity clinic at Joshua Max Simon Primary Care Center for 5 half-day sessions. Additionally, three half-days per week are spent in subspecialty clinics or experiences and two half-days are spent in didactics or administrative/wellbeing time.
  • In PGY-1 year, residents will spend time seeing patients in geriatrics clinic, the emergency department, dermatology clinic, and primary care internal medicine practices in the local community as well as EBM modules, ultrasound training, and more.
  • In PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, residents will spend time rotating in pulmonary, cardiology, nephrology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, addiction medicine clinics and more.

Clinic Chief rotation

This one week PGY-1 and PGY-2 level rotation is designed for residents to evaluate patients presenting with acute complaints in the continuity clinic. Residents care for patients with acute respiratory illness, musculoskeletal complaints, and many other common and uncommon acute illnesses. Opportunity exists for improving skills in ambulatory procedures such as joint injections, skin biopsies, and abscess drainage. Additional learning experiences in medication safety supplement the patient care experiences.

Advanced Ambulatory Block rotation

This PGY-2 and PGY-3 level rotation is designed for primary care track residents. Residents select from a variety of subspecialty experiences to tailor their learning to their own training needs. Options exist for ambulatory experiences in Allergy, Psychiatry, Sports Medicine, Urology, ENT, Gynecology, and more. Residents on this rotation also care for patients in their continuity clinic, evaluating and managing both acute care visits and chronic disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Primary Care Center (PCC)

What is the patient population like in a resident continuity clinic?

  • We serve an incredibly diverse mixture of patients from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Our patients come from urban, suburban, and rural settings in Indiana. Up to 35% of our patients are non-English speaking with the large majority of those patients being Spanish speaking. We have a robust team of Spanish interpreters inside the clinic. When our Spanish interpreter is occupied or when another language is needed, we have several video interpreting devices and language-line phones. In the resident continuity clinic, resident physicians care for patients from age 17 to nonagenarians.

What on-site resources exist for patients at the PCC?

  • An on-site Pharmacy including opportunities to meet individually with clinical pharmacists for medication management assistance or diabetes education, as well as an on-site Laboratory and X-ray capabilities.
  • Financial Counselors, Social Workers and a Mobile Mammogram, as well as several subspecialty clinics (dermatology, podiatry, urology, and more).

I am interested in the Primary Care Track (PCT). What else can you tell me about it?

  • The PCT’s goal is to prepare residents interested in careers in primary care IM or ambulatory subspecialties (particularly geriatrics or rheumatology) with the training they need to serve as excellent primary care internists or ambulatory subspecialists
  • Most graduates from the Primary Care Track (PCT) practice primary care internal medicine, but others have become hospitalists or completed fellowships. Graduates of the PCT are well prepared to practice in non-primary care careers if their interests shift. Please click HERE for an outline of your rotation curriculum if you choose to pursue the PCT.
  • Interested residents may enroll any time prior to the start of the PGY-2 year.

I am interested in the Women’s Health Track (WHT) – how can I get more experience?

  • The WHT is designed for Internal Medicine residents with an interest in diseases and health issues specifically affecting women. Residents in this curriculum will receive additional education and procedural experiences specific to women’s health.   Please click HERE for an outline of your rotation curriculum if you choose to pursue the WHT.
  • Interested residents may enroll any time prior to the start of the PGY-2 year.