Family Medical Center
Our 20,000 square foot Family Medical Center opened its doors in February 1992. This model practice occupies an entire floor in a community office building that was formerly the headquarters for Piedmont Airlines. Less than a mile from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (formerly known as The North Carolina Baptist Hospital), the Family Medical Center offers patients, staff and physicians the benefits of a community setting, while maintaining ready access to The Medical Center via a van shuttle service. The outpatient volume approaches 60,000 office visits per year.
Four patient care modules, each with 10 examination rooms, nursing station, reception area, waiting room, and consultation / dictation, provide the backbone for the Center. There is also a large treatment room with a special sigmoidoscopy / colposcopy suite. Also on this floor are our laboratory, x-ray facilities and business office. Renovations of the reception areas, waiting rooms, and nursing stations were completed in the spring of 2000.
The adjacent floor houses the faculty offices, a large resident lounge, library, and multiple conference rooms. Dietitians and certified diabetes educators are also located on this floor and are available for appointments.
There are over 50 providers at the Center, including faculty, residents and physician assistants. In addition, medical students from Wake Forest School of Medicine rotate through the center to learn about Family Medicine. We provide care between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. An emergency clinic is available Saturday morning from 9 am to12 pm for urgent problems; routine appointments are not available on Saturdays.
Resident Responsibilities at the Family Medicine Center
Residents are scheduled in the Family Medicine Center for care of their own patients for one or two half-days per week during the first year, two or three half-days during the second year, and three or four half-days in the third year. A ratio of at least one preceptor to four residents in the clinic is maintained. Emphasis is placed on clinical decision-making in the ambulatory setting. Residents work beside attendings, physician assistants, and medical students as well as obstetric residents who rotate with The Department of Family and Community Medicine to gain experience in ambulatory medicine.
Call for the family medicine patients is the responsibility of the second- and third-year residents. Backup is provided directly by faculty attendings on a one-on-one basis.
Family Medicine residents follow and deliver their own obstetric patients during their second and third years. A block system limits the OB call to one six-week period in the second year and one four-week period in third year.
There is an ongoing noon conference schedule with at least two departmental conferences per week throughout the year. Additional conferences in sports medicine, X-ray interpretation, EKG review and Board Review occur approximately one additional day per week. One day each month all residents gather for a resident meeting and afternoon seminar. This provides the opportunity for "regrouping" and a shared intensive learning experience. A thirty-minute peer support session with Behavioral Science and clinical faculty once a week during the first year and twice a month second and third years. One-on-one monitoring of clinical work involves videotaping, closed-circuit TV and direct observation. Additionally, each new resident is assigned a faculty advisor for the three years of training.
A monthly resident-faculty lunch meeting offers a regularly structured opportunity to exchange ideas and information. Residents also play an active role on departmental committees such as residency selection, curriculum, and patient education.