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.
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.
Here are just a few reasons:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more about the Family Medicine Residency Program at Franciscan Health, contact the Residency Coordinator via email.
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.
Franciscan Health Indianapolis offers our Family Medicine Residents a generous package of benefits, including competitive salaries.
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.
Six weeks total of night float scheduled in two-week blocks during intern year
Family Medicine Service (eight weeks), Clinical Chief Resident (eight weeks), Outpatient Family Medicine/Practice Management (four weeks)
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 Ward Rotation (eight weeks), Outpatient Pediatrics (eight weeks)
General Surgery (four weeks), Orthopedics (four weeks), Urology (two weeks), ENT (two weeks), Ophthalmology (two weeks)
Labor and Delivery (eight weeks), Outpatient Gynecology (four weeks)
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
To learn more about the Family Medicine Residency Program at Franciscan Health Indianapolis, contact the Residency Coordinator via email.
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.
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.
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.
To view a sample residency contract, click here.
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