the Program

PROGRAM FACTS

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PURPOSE

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Our Purpose:

 

Our Purpose

We are a future-focused dynamic program that uses outcome data to adapt the care we deliver for our underserved patients, leaving our graduates better prepared for practice. We consider ourselves strong advocates for our communities, our patients, and for each other. Our program goal is to produce family physicians that will excel in whatever position they choose to pursue following their three years with us.

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Our Goal:

Our goal is to provide the best care for our patients and the best training and teaching environment for our residents and faculty. We do this through continuous program assessment and improvement. In the last few years, this has included primary care redesign in all of our clinics and collective ownership of patient outcomes (tracked though monitoring key primary and secondary prevention measures such as smoking rates, asthma control, blood pressure, cancer screening, etc). In addition, we survey our patients regularly and utilize that survey information to constantly improve the quality of care we provide.

This culture of continuous improvement would not be possible without a corresponding culture of scholarship where all residents are actively involved in research and/or quality improvement projects. We achieve this by creating a collaborative, team-based and supportive learning environment with a culture of regular, open feedback and inquiry and inter-professional support that challenges us to grow and perform at our best. We also maintain an active culture of fun and support, allowing us to sustain our energy and appreciate the many joys of practicing family medicine alongside passionate colleagues.

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Our Approach:

We approach our patients and each other as whole people, utilizing integrative approaches to care that are holistic and activate the power of each individual and the support of their surrounding community. We actively confront and seek solutions to the complex challenges of economic and race inequity, as well as transportation and language barriers facing our patients. We advocate for our patients and each other in the clinic, in the hospital, and in our community to improve the health of Milwaukee.

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Our Clinical Family:

Our residents gain their technical skills by working with a diverse population including the unique underserved and vulnerable populations in our neighborhoods including young, reproductive age African American women and their families, former offenders with significant mental health needs (in partnership with the Wisconsin Community Services), immigrant populations with limited English proficiency, diverse refugee populations (in partnership with the Department of Health Services and Volunteer Agencies), and Milwaukee's undocumented population.

Milwaukee is a city with many health disparities, complex social problems, and a diverse population.

Please see the Milwaukee Health Report 2013

This setting provides the perfect training ground to learn the technical skills residents need to become independent family physicians in any urban or rural environment, as well as the community health training to be socially responsible patient advocates in their future clinical communities.