Family Medicine Residency

Halifax Health is the longest standing community based Family Medicine Residency Program in the state of Florida.

The Program

The Family Medicine Residency Program at Halifax Health Medical Center is flexible and designed to fulfill each resident's individual needs and objectives. The program provides sequential and gradually increasing ambulatory care responsibility as well as realistic experiences required of family physicians. The family physician is primarily responsible for comprehensive ambulatory care. For this reason, our program increases the time allotted to ambulatory care and community medicine during the three year program. The first year is somewhat similar to a rotating internship with about 90 percent inpatient training and 10 percent ambulatory care. By the second year, time is divided equally between in hospital and ambulatory care services. In the third year, 80 percent of the resident's time is spent in outpatient training.

We have a strong clinical orientation with a wealth of clinical material in the community and hospital. The learning opportunities in the program are structured to provide appropriate training for residents whether their future plans include solo, group or managed care practices, regardless of community size. A significant amount of training time involves preceptorships in private physician's offices. The call schedule decreases from first to third years to reflect trends being adopted nationwide. The residency program is affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Florida State University College of Medicine.

The Philosophy

The well-trained family physician should be capable of managing 90 percent of the problems he or she will encounter and can coordinate outpatient management and community support. The foundation of family medicine is based on close relationships between the doctor and the community. Because many university medical centers have become dominated by specialists, community hospitals such as Halifax Health Medical Center provide ideal settings for training. Our objectives are to provide:

  • Comprehensive family medicine training in inpatient and outpatient settings that allows graduating residents to feel confident and comfortable practicing in any milieu.
  • The highest quality of continuing, preventive comprehensive healthcare to patients.
  • Maturity and self-awareness and awareness of personal limitations.
  • Ongoing self-assessment.
  • Mastery of discipline required for continuing medical education.
  • Well-rounded knowledge in the political, social, governmental and business aspects of healthcare delivery.

The residency program is an equal opportunity employer. Residents are selected through the National Residency Matching Program. Applications will be received through ERAS, the American Association of Medical College's Electronic Residency Application Service. Applicants are screened for commitment to patients and community, as well as academic ability. Flexibility, teamwork and problem-solving ability are desirable. Selection is a group process with resident input being important. Perhaps the most important factor is the ability to get along and integrate efficiently with co-workers.

For more information about this program please email Laura Lamb at: residency.coordinator@halifax.org.

Cultural Diversity

The Halifax Health Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) values diversity in the education and training of our residents. In keeping with our commitment to graduate exceptionally qualified, well-rounded physicians, we feel that exposure to and training in multicultural issues is very important. Cultural diversity issues are addressed in our residency program primarily by way of the noon conferences series entitled "Understanding and Celebrating Diversity: Perspectives on Human Diversity in the Practice of Medicine". These conferences provide training experiences that explore cultural and human diversity, the influence of cultural factors on medical beliefs and practices, and the effects of personal cultural background on staff relationships and physician-patient interactions. Several of our residents have completed international electives in different parts of the world, including Kenya, Guatemala and Russia. Our community medicine elective also provides residents the opportunity to do outreach with various groups in our area.

In our efforts to continue to develop these aspects of our program, we would like to welcome any prospective residents who have interests in these areas to consider applying. We seek to have a diverse staff who can work together, learn from each other, and make positive contributions to the field of medicine. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

For information on Residency, Fellowship or Externship applications:
Carrie Vey, M.D., Program Director
Family Medicine Residency Program
Halifax Health Medical Center
P.O. Box 2830
Daytona Beach, FL 32120-2830

residency.coordinator@halifax.org or 386.425.4167


For information on ERAS, Electronic Residency Application Service, contact your Dean's office.

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