Family Medicine Residency Program — Program Director Welcome

Greetings from the Great Place! We are so glad that you took the time to look at all our residency program has to offer. As the Army's newest Family Medicine Residency established in 2000, we have already established a tradition of training extraordinary Army Family Physicians ready to excel in all that they do!

Located in the Hill Country of Central Texas, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center provides health and healthcare for a very large and diverse patient population. The local communities are growing and offer great schools, parks, restaurants and shopping. As the largest military post in the world, the Fort Hood installation also offers abundant recreational opportunities, facilities, family events and activities. For the outdoor lovers, there are local lakes, rivers, hiking and biking trails. Fort Hood is uniquely situated a short drive from an eclectic mix of vibrant culturally diverse cities, as well as the Gulf Coast. Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio provide opportunities to experience music, art, festivals, professional athletics, amusement parks, waters, and numerous fun things to do. From the experience of a rodeo to fine art, you name it, you can find it here. We love living here!

doctor teaching two medical students

The foundation of our residency program is the people. We have awesome residents, faculty, and staff. Our team is very fortunate to have a highly trained and dedicated core faculty group. Our core faculty members are full-scope Family Physicians with additional training in Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, Faculty Development, and Family Medicine Obstetrics. Our teaching team also includes a clinical psychologist and clinical pharmacist. The faculty can provide training in OMT, acupuncture, exercise stress testing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and all residents are trained in primary care procedures (minor skin procedures, vasectomy, colposcopy, first trimester ultrasound, intrauterine device and contraceptive implant insertion). We offer 1:1 OMT teaching clinics for interested residents. Additionally, we have faculty members with a MPH, on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and successful in research/publications, and highly involved in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians (USAFP). We have vast experience in military and operational medicine. The bottom line is that our faculty members have a diverse and relevant skill set that they readily share for resident education.

The program is further rooted in a culture of excellence. Our residency clinic is recognized by the NCQA as a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) which is the highest level. We were recently awarded the USAFP Outstanding Achievement in Scholarly Activity for the US Army for the second year in a row. We achieved a 100% board pass rate for 2014, 2015, and 2016. We are proud to offer multiple resources to help you develop into the best Army Family Physician that you can be.

We work hard to become great doctors and Army officers, and we also make sure to leave time for family and fun! The residency sponsors numerous annual events including a dining out, holiday party, annual retreat, hails and farewells, and the graduation dinner and roast. Frequently on Friday evenings, all residents and family are invited to casual dinners to unwind after a good week. We play sports together every week. Typically, this is on Thursday mornings and we play a unique sport called Bucketball (just ask when you get here). We are a family and love the camaraderie that our residency offers.

On April 3, 2016 we moved into a new, larger state of the art hospital. We are excited to train in a beautiful space and for the opportunity to improve our residency even more. While the space is larger, we remain an essentially unopposed residency program with a community hospital culture. It's going to be an outstanding upgrade.

For the Residency!
Residency Director

date last modified: 4/28/2017

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