Why Choose Travis?

The Department of Family Medicine operates on the premise that comprehensive quality medical care can be provided efficiently and effectively to a family by a well-trained family physician. This training is grounded in the six Core Competencies as defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). These competencies are: Communication and Interpersonal Relations, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism and Systems-based practice.

The department supports the role of the physician trained in the broad specialty of Family Medicine who can care for the majority of common medical problems faced by the average family. This physician deals with the "whole" patient by addressing emotional and social needs as well as physical disorders. The department supports the cooperative role of the physician and patient in the prevention of disease and disability. The department endorses the position of the family physician as patient advocate in the coordination of the care of complicated or chronic medical problems with other medical care providers. The department asserts that the most effective way to develop skilled family physicians is through progressive, high‑caliber residency training programs which provide the knowledge, clinical skills, and environment of caring which serves as a basis for the proper practice of family medicine. The department further believes Air Force medical care can best be delivered through the cooperative efforts of family physicians and other specialists.

Residents train at David Grant Medical Center (DGMC), 60th Medical Group, both in the Family Medicine Clinic and on other specialty rotations, as well as other designated training sites. DGMC is a full service, 125‑bed, acute‑care facility which serves as a referral center for the western region of the United States. Consultation services are available with board‑certified individuals in all departments. In the first year of training, the program emphasizes inpatient management of medical problems, largely through rotations on a variety of specialty services. In the second year, inpatient skills are refined and greater exposure to outpatient clinics is provided. During the third year, the emphasis is within the model family medicine unit, integrating acquired knowledge into the total primary health care of families.

Most residents become certified in a variety of procedures including:

>Multiple skin procedures including shave, punch, and excisional biopsies, EIC removal, lipoma removal, and toenail removal

>Vaginal Delivery and associated vaginal laceration repairs, FSE placement, and IUPC placement

>Vasectomy

>Neonatal circumcision

>IUD insertion and removal

>Nexplanon insertion and removal

>Endometrial biopsy

>Casting and splinting

>Joint aspiration and injection

>Exercise treadmill administration and interpretation

>Central line insertion

>Arterial line insertion

>1st trimester ultrasounds

 

Additional prcoedures are available for those interested including:

>Colonoscopy (1-2 residents/year)

>Lumbar puncture

>Thoracentesis

>Paracentesis

>Intubation

>Chest tubes

>Point of Care Ultrasound (FAST, RUSH, DVT, aorta, RUQ ultrasounds, etc)

>Additional Women's Health Procedures including colposcopy, LEEP, hysteroscopy, Essure, MVA, etc

>Vacuum and forcep assisted vaginal deliveries

>Primary C-section (a possibility for those intending to complete an OB fellowship)

 

Click HERE to see an abbreviated version of the residency handbook that has more detailed information which may be of interest to potential residents investigating our program.

   

We are dedicated to teaching both in the exam room and classroom.  In addition to blocking off Wednesday afternoon each week for teaching of the core curriculum, we have morning report Monday-Thursday from 0730-0800 and noon talks on most days which include Fetal Heart Tracing Rounds, Medical Student talks, EKG reviews, and many more opportunities. There is never a lack of someone trying to share their knowledge with you!

 

Family Medicine Quote

"Studies reveal that family medicine reduces health care costs and increases health care quality."

AAFP – Choosing Family Medicine