Federal grant enables Greater Lawrence Family Health Center to expand residency program

The 10 graduates of the 2021 Grand Lawrence Family Health Center Family Medicine Residency are, left to right, Drs. Layla Cavitt, Rebecca Lee, Tuhin Roy, Jamie Ellis, Elie Ata, Sumana Setty, Caroline Komanecky, Yeri Park, Jennifer Wolf and Julia Cooper. Courtesy photograph.)

The Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program grows to 48 physicians with a federal grant.

The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, which became the first federally accredited community health center in the United States in 1994 to host a teaching residency program, adds eight additional physicians. The program is affiliated with the Lawrence General Hospital.

“The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Graduate Medical Education Award enables Lawrence Family Medicine Residency to continue its mission of training full-spectrum family physicians to work in underserved and vulnerable communities,” said Dr. Wendy Barr, Director of Residence and Vice President of Clinical Education at the Health Center.

“The past two years have clearly shown us the need to increase the number of family physicians who are fully trained and able to respond flexibly to the needs of their communities,” Barr said. “We are proud to be able to innovate more and train physicians to serve Lawrence and other similar communities. “

While most family medicine residency programs last for three years, the Lawrence program is a four-year training program that is part of a national pilot project focusing on innovation in training. Residents spend an additional year of training to further broaden their scope of practice, particularly in one area of ​​concentration, and to develop additional expertise in population health, health systems management and leadership, and the integration of these. care in communities. Resident physicians also participate in a nationally recognized curriculum where they learn to speak and provide medical care in Spanish. The goal of the training program is to train family physicians who provide comprehensive primary care to vulnerable populations and can improve the health and health equity of these communities.

Barr said the class sizes for incoming residents are being increased from 10 to 12 physicians and that the program is currently conducting interviews for the 2026 class. With this grant and expansion, from 2009 to 2025 there will be twice as many. residents trained at the health center. and 50% more family physicians graduate from the program each year.

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