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Family Medicine Residency | Indianapolis

Family Medicine Residency

Indianapolis Family Medicine Residency

There used to be just one choice of doctor -- a general practitioner, who cared for everyone in the family. Over the past 44 years, residency programs began experiencing declines in the number of graduating medical students specializing in family medicine. However, the need for family doctors is greater than ever, and the family medicine residency program at Franciscan Health Indianapolis continues to thrive.

Over the past 44 years, Franciscan Health Indianapolis has graduated more than 220 family medicine physicians from its residency program.

Each summer, eight new residents begin a 36-month journey that takes them to the start of their family medicine careers. Residents see patients of all ages and incomes, and they provide care for expectant mothers and deliver babies. The program has prospered due in large part to its intimate size, warm atmosphere and unwavering support of the faculty and hospital administration.

A Note from Our Director

Thank you for your interest in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Franciscan Health Indianapolis. We assure you that your experience as a Franciscan Health resident will provide an exceptional opportunity that you won’t find at any other program. The Franciscan Health Family Medicine Residency program prides itself on maintaining an atmosphere that supports a resident's personal and professional growth. Residents are encouraged to pursue outside interests, build healthy family lives and involve themselves in community service. Our commitment to the individual fosters a sense of family. We've designed our program to provide a balanced environment, allowing time for study, family, mental and physical well-being and the opportunity to nurture interests both within and beyond the practice of medicine. As a resident at Franciscan Health, you will experience a high level of autonomy and responsibility throughout your training. You will work alongside some of the most qualified and experienced faculty who are dedicated to your success. Our residents are treated as colleagues and develop a very high level of clinical competence early in the program.

Why do physicians in training select the Franciscan Health Family Medicine Residency Program?

Here are just a few reasons:

  • Franciscan Health offers strong inpatient and ambulatory experiences. You will see a wide variety of patient cases at the Family Medicine Center, which receives more than 21,000 clinic visits each year.
  • Franciscan Health is oriented to the practice of comprehensive family medicine in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Residents receive a strong obstetrical experience, including 20-40 or more unassisted deliveries during their rotation.
  • Intensive and non-intensive OB tracks are available.
  • The sports medicine track includes first-hand training as team physicians for area schools.
  • A family medicine urban/rural/global underserved training track enhances your exposure to a variety of family medicine settings.
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) intensive track for our DO residents
  • Individualized intensive tracks can be arranged with the program director, past examples include addiction medicine, integrative medicine, bariatrics
  • Franciscan Health offers the International Medicine Experience in conjunction with The Timmy Global Health. Each resident is guaranteed one international trip during their residency training. Residents are free to develop their own international experiences as well.
  • In 1982, Franciscan Health Indianapolis (then St. Francis Hospital) became the first family medicine residency program in Indiana to have a meaningful, structured and operational research program. The residency has received many regional research awards. Residents and faculty have been published in a variety of journals.
  • The residency values family life and the personal as well as professional growth of its residents. As further evidence to Franciscan Health's commitment to education, the Family Medicine Center was the first clinical site in the Franciscan Health system to implement Epic electronic medical records (EMRs).

Franciscan Health is a very special place that has been built on our Franciscan tradition and values, and our residency faculty takes pride in our warm, supportive learning environment. For over 40 years, our program has trained physicians in the clinical and academic aspects of family medicine, while never losing sight of our mission to treat each patient with individualized care and compassion. There is a tremendous pride among all Franciscan Health staff and physicians. We invite you to visit with us and learn how we can help prepare you for a lifetime of service.

Carrie Anderson, M.D., Director, Family Medicine Residency

Curriculum

​The Franciscan Health Indianapolis Family Medicine Residency is changing with the face of medicine. The resident curriculum is periodically updated to ensure our residents receive the most credible information, education and experiences available.

First-Year Residents

Residents spend most of their first year working in the major specialty areas of Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Intensive Care, Obstetrics and Cardiology. The residents also spend two half-day sessions each week seeing their own patients in the Family Medicine Center.

Second-Year Residents

During their second year, residents concentrate on further training in various specialties. Responsibilities increase for the care of obstetrical patients and residents spend four half-day sessions each week seeing their own patients in the Family Medicine Center.

Third-Year Residents

An increased number of electives allow third-year residents to focus on personal career interests. The residents continue to see patients in the Family Medicine Center four half-days per week. Residents also serve two months as clinical chief resident of the Family Medicine Service.

For more information

To learn more about the Family Medicine Residency Program at Franciscan Health, contact the Residency Coordinator via email.

Facilities

The heart of our program is our dedicated Family Medicine Center. Located at 5230-A Stop 11 Road on the Indianapolis campus, the center receives more than 21,000 patient visits each year, has 24 examination rooms and three minor procedure rooms.

Residents spend two to four half-days weekly in the Family Medicine Center.

As a resident at Franciscan Health Indianapolis, you will work in an ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, pediatric unit and an obstetrical inpatient facility. You will practice cardiac healthcare at the nationally recognized Franciscan Health Indianapolis Heart Center, south central Indiana’s only full-service cardiovascular center. You’ll experience first-hand the nationally recognized Emergency Heart Attack Response Team, which reduces door-to-balloon time for heart attack patients.

The obstetrical program at Franciscan Health Indianapolis offers our residents a genuinely unique experience. It’s not only our modern facilities and state-of-the-art technologies that make Franciscan Health the hospital of choice for thousands of expectant parents each year; our unique family-centered approach and individualized care truly set us apart from other hospitals.

Our Center for Women & Children includes two Caesarean surgical suites and a level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Pediatric care at Franciscan Health Indianapolis includes our inpatient pediatric unit as well as a variety of pediatric specialty clinics. These include: cardiac, diabetes, Hip Hop Clinic (addresses issues of overweight and obese children), NICU follow-up, endocrinology, pulmonology, surgery, urology.

Benefits

Franciscan Health Indianapolis offers our Family Medicine Residents a generous package of benefits, including competitive salaries.

Anticipated Salaries for 2019-2020

  • First-Year Residents: $65,058, plus $7,000 sign-on bonus
  • Second-Year Residents: $67,027
  • Third-Year Residents: $70,970
  • Residents typically receive yearly cost-of-living increases.

Benefits

Time Off

  • First-Year Residents: two weeks
  • Second-Year Residents: two weeks
  • Third-Year Residents: three weeks
  • All Residents: nine paid holidays each year
  • Leave of absence for sickness, maternity, paternity, education, military and other approved reasons

Insurance

  • Health insurance
  • Dental and vision insurance optional
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance

Continuing Medical Education

  • $1,700 annually for tuition and conference travel expenses
  • Five days in-town and five days out-of-town allotted annually
  • A one-time $1,700 payment for a sports medicine, obstetrical, underserved or OMT conference for high track.

Moonlighting

  • Ample part-time, in-house job opportunities for second and third-year residents as a back-up to the intern on-call or covering obstetrics and codes at the Indianapolis campus
  • Various opportunities to do paid sports physicals for elementary, middle and high school students

Other Benefits

  • Free parking
  • Physician coats supplied annually
  • Tax-sheltered annuity
  • Free meals while on-call
  • Fall and spring retreats for residents, faculty and their families
  • Maternity/paternity/adoption policy incorporates elective time, paid time off and exceptional flexibility
  • Allowance for smart phone
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) dues paid
  • Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA), Indianapolis Medical Society dues paid
  • Indiana Osteopathic Association (IOA) dues paid
  • Part 3 USMLE paid
  • ABFM certification paid

Rotations

The Family Medicine Residency Program at Franciscan Health Indianapolis is a three-year program that gives residents an excellent variety of experiences. All residents will follow a thorough set of rotations that leaves room for each resident to tailor their residency to their career desires.

Standard Rotations

  • Night float call (6 weeks total)

Six weeks total of night float scheduled in two-week blocks during intern year

  • Family Medicine (20 weeks total)

Family Medicine Service (eight weeks), Clinical Chief Resident (eight weeks), Outpatient Family Medicine/Practice Management (four weeks)

  • Internal Medicine and Subspecialties (36 weeks total):

Ward Medicine (four weeks), Intensive Care Unit (four weeks), Cardiology (four weeks), Endocrinology (four weeks), Gastroenterology (four weeks), Dermatology (four weeks), Neurology (four weeks), Selective (Podiatry-Colorectal-Plastics) (two weeks), Selective (IM OP, Adult Medicine Inpatient/Geriatric Ward Medicine) (four weeks)

  • Pediatrics (16 weeks total)

Pediatrics Ward Rotation (eight weeks), Outpatient Pediatrics (eight weeks)

  • Surgery (14 weeks total):

General Surgery (four weeks), Orthopedics (four weeks), Urology (two weeks), ENT (two weeks), Ophthalmology (two weeks)

  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (12 weeks total):

Labor and Delivery (eight weeks), Outpatient Gynecology (four weeks)

  • Other (18 weeks total):

Psychiatry (four weeks), Emergency Medicine (four weeks), Radiology (two weeks), Occupational Medicine (two weeks), Community Medicine (two weeks), Sports Medicine (four weeks)

  • Electives (from any area) (26 weeks total)

  • Inpatient Medicine
  • Podiatry
  • Anesthesiology
  • Pulmonary
  • Surgery
  • Colorectal
  • Neonatology
  • Urgent Care
  • Intensive Care
  • Neurosurgery
  • PM&R
  • Rheumatology
  • Geriatrics
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Hematology
  • Integrative Medicine
  • OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment)
  • Rural & Underserved Experience
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Allergy
  • Renal
  • Sleep Medicine
 Other electives as requested.

Curriculum Highlights:

Obstetrics

Franciscan Health offers separate tracks for residents interested in an intensive OB experience and for those not planning to include obstetrics as part of their practice. Our residents receive extensive obstetrical training, which includes 20-40 or more unassisted deliveries during the obstetrical rotation. On the intensive track it would not be unusal for a resident to deliver 50 or more continuity patients. For those residents not interested in pursuing obstetrics in their careers, there is a very minimal requirement of following five continuity patients with three deliveries. Family Medicine faculty members provide on-site staffing for all residency deliveries. Intensive track residents are rewarded for their commitment with additional time and funding to attend an obstetrics-related CME conference.

Pediatrics

Most pediatric care occurs in the ambulatory environment, providing comprehensive and solid experience for the problems likely to be encountered in private practice. Inpatient hospital experiences include:

  • Newborn nursery experience during the eight-week obstetrics rotation

  • A two-week requirement in the NICU, which provides residents with basic neonatal skills and stabilization skills necessary for private practice.

  • An eight-week inpatient pediatric rotation during the intern year

Practice Management

Our practice management curriculum includes a monthly lecture series on billing and coding patient encounters, insight on evaluating a practice opportunity and evaluating an employment contract. It includes four weeks in a family physician’s office learning the administrative aspects of running a family practice office. Additional sessions on coding and practice management occur throughout the year.

Sports Medicine

Residents who declare a high interest in sports medicine receive a number of unique experiences including:

  • Team doctor coverage for local high schools

  • Support of elite athletic events (including the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon)

  • Performing pre-participation physicals for local school

Residents are rewarded for their commitment with additional time and funding to attend a sports medicine-related CME conference.

International Medicine Experience

Franciscan Health offers the International Medicine Experience in conjunction with The Timmy Global Health. Each resident is guaranteed one international trip during their residency training. Residents are free to develop their own international experiences as well. The residency also offers a focused global medicine experience as part of the intensive underserved track.

Continuing Medical Education Conferences

In addition to clinical rotations and office practice, residents have numerous learning opportunities through our continuing medical education conferences. Continuing medical education is offered during:

  • daily clinical noon conferences,

  • specialty day-long conferences including cardio-vascular, ortho-neuro, pulmonary and oncology

  • quarterly grand rounds

Audition Rotations

Interested in participating in an elective at Franciscan Health?

Are you a medical student interested in electives?  Medical students interested in an elective rotation at Franciscan Health Indianapolis should contact the Medical Education Coordinator at (317) 528-8641 or via email.

Behavioral Health

The psychologist team works alongside residents teaching as well as providing integrated care to patients. The behavioral health team chairs the Physicians Wellness Committee, aimed at addressing issues of wellness, fatigue mitigation, and job satisfaction. The team works closely with the psychiatrists who oversee the behavioral health rotations. Residents participate in annual simulation training and taped patient encounters to continuously improve their skills addressing difficult behavioral health issues. The behavioral health team is active in participating in the ongoing performance improvement projects in the residency.

Learn more about our Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Our Faculty

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Our Residents

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Residency Match

Franciscan Health participates in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants may begin applying on Sept. 15, 2019.

Please visit the ERAS website for helpful resources and a timeline for the residency match process.  Please use ACGME ID code 1201711125 for the Franciscan Health (formerly Franciscan St. Francis Health) Program, Indianapolis, IN.

LEARN MORE 

To view a sample residency contract, click here. 

Our Location

Franciscan Health Family Medicine Center Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Contact:
5230 East Stop 11 Road
Suite 250
Indianapolis, IN 46237-6399
(317) 528-8921

Office Hours:
Monday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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