Letter from the Director
Future Family Physician,
What an exciting time to consider a future in Family Medicine. A national conversation is taking place about the importance of primary care, the concepts of a medical home, managing the health of populations rather than just reacting to patient 'complaints' and maximizing outcomes with the most efficient and highest quality practices. As a practicing Family Physician with experience in a full scope rural practice and academic medicine, I remain astounded at all these 'new concepts' and 'ideas' that have been the embodiment of Family Medicine since its inception as a specialty.
At the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency, we have faculty practicing the full spectrum of Family Medicine as well as those with increased training and emphasis in Sports Medicine, Obstetrics, Practice Management, Geriatrics, Hospital Medicine, Endoscopy, etc. Our inpatient service is run by our faculty and residents with a high disease burden patient population. Our obstetric service is also run by our faculty and residents with abundant experiences available including four Family Medicine faculty privileged in high risk and operative obstetrics. The Family Medicine Center is a thriving practice modeled around Patient Centered Medical Home principles including patient satisfaction, population management, quality marker tracking of populations and physicians and a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. The medical home office, behavioral health, pharmacy, social work, physician teams and a triage center work together to coordinate the best care for our patients. We pride ourselves on outpatient education and practice management that both exposes and prepares residents to enter a top health system with ease of both management of patients and practice.
As a Family Physician you should be prepared to lead your individual practice or system with a passion for the health of patients as well as populations and a focus on outcome driven primary care. Thank you for taking the time to consider Family Medicine as a specialty and our program as a residency option. I wish you well in the next stage of your journey and encourage you to ask any questions that may arise along the way.
Jackie Nonweiler-Parr, MD