The Family Practice Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital offers unparalleled inpatient clinical experiences and two main outpatient/office training sites.
As a curriculum elective, we offer a Wilderness Medicine Track.
Inpatient clinical experiences are at Saint Vincent Hospital, a 425-bed regional referral center serving northwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York, and northeastern Ohio. It is the centerpiece of an extensive healthcare network that includes an expanding primary care group, home healthcare services, and affiliations with regional hospitals and The Regional Cancer Center.
Our two main outpatient/office training sites are the Saint Vincent Family Medicine Center and Elk Valley Family Medical Center.
Saint Vincent Family Medicine Center
311 West 24th Street, Suite 305
Erie, PA 16502
The Family Medicine Center, on the campus of Saint Vincent Hospital, provides an opportunity for residents to gain a full understanding of a private office practice. There are 22 examination rooms, a well-equipped laboratory with a full-time technologist, an electronic medical record system, a large conference room and a library. On average, residents and faculty see 100 patients each day at the center. First-year residents see four to six patients per half day; second-year residents, seven to 10; and third-year residents, 10 to 12. The cases encountered reflect all aspects of medicine, from routine well-child care to examinations and treatment of the elderly. Faculty member preceptors assure a good blend of practice and conceptual teaching.
To ensure continuity of care, the Family Medicine Center patients requiring admission to Saint Vincent are followed by their own resident physician, under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. Coverage is provided to allow optimal dedication to the primary rotation.
Elk Valley Family Medical Center
5165 Imperial Parkway
Girard, PA 16417
For more than 25 years, the residency program has also trained residents at a rural office, Elk Valley Medical Center. Three to six residents each year use this state-of-the-art office as their continuity site. Three full-time faculty serve as preceptors along with the faculty from the Erie office. Elk Valley boasts a full-time lab as well as on site X-ray equipment, a procedure room, conference area and resident library. There are 23 exam rooms, each with computer screens for easy access to the electronic medical record. As at the main office, residents provide every aspect of medical care. They see slightly higher volumes of patients at this office with increased opportunities for prenatal patients and procedures.
The Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency has developed a special interest track in Wilderness Medicine (WM), available since July 2010. This track is optional for any interested residents. The WM curriculum will be presented longitudinally over 3 years and include all the essential items needed to qualify for the resident’s application to the Academy of Wilderness Medicine for Fellowship status (FAWM). These items include a core curriculum lecture series, day and overnight trips that will qualify as experience hours for the fellowship, sponsorship of attendance at a national WM conference, and sponsorship for completion of a Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) course. Also, research and publication of a WM topic will be supported.
We are located on the shores of Lake Erie, and the city of Erie is protected by a large bay enclosed by a beautiful 10-mile peninsula, which is also a state park. The combination of lake and bay, and lagoons within the peninsula itself, make Erie a boater’s paradise. It also presents numerous opportunities for water-related adventures and water (and ice!) rescue scenarios. The Allegheny National Forest lies a short distance to the east of Erie and will provide opportunities for camping, hiking and river adventures, and scenarios in a relatively remote location. A ski resort with an active ski patrol is located 35 minutes away in the famous Lake Erie snow belt and allows for training in mountain, winter and ski rescue. The program director and other faculty of the residency are working on Fellowship status at this time, and other members of the hospital’s medical staff (in particular, the emergency department staff) will assist with the lecture series and leading trips. Plus, the residency sponsors a Sports Medicine Fellowship Program that will be invaluable in assisting with the orthopedic and injury treatment segments of the curriculum. Saint Vincent also sponsors a very active DMAT team, which has responded to the disasters in Haiti and New Orleans over the past few years, and they will share their expertise in disaster management with our residents.