Message from the USF Family Medicine Residency Program Director
Since 1998, the University of South Florida – Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program has endeavored to educate family medicine residents and medical students in patient-centered, evidence-based, high-quality and compassionate medical care. In 2009, a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship was added to enhance the musculoskeletal medicine curriculum of the residency and further develop physicians with a calling to serve athletes and active individuals of all ages. In 2013 a Pharmacy Residency with focus on primary care was also added to enhance the overall Pharmacy curriculum and to promote synergistic learning between the Family Medicine Residents and Pharmacy Residents.
Through many avenues, the residency program plays a vital role in the community health of Clearwater and the greater Tampa Bay area. Outpatient care is centered at the Turley Family Health Center, the first residency practice site in the State of Florida to receive Physician Practice Connections® – Patient-Centered Medical Home™ Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Here residents, fellows and faculty nurture the health of the diverse local population from prenatal visits through geriatrics. Care extends into the inpatient setting via practice within the BayCare Health System, chiefly at Morton Plant Hospital, a six-hundred-eighty-seven-bed facility home to more than fifty specialty areas and serving over seventy thousand emergency room visits a year.
From there the twenty-four Family Medicine residents, two Sports Medicine fellows, numerous medical students and other health professional students each year reach into the community through associations with public health centers, private specialist and primary care attendings, and local high school and other athletic organizations including both professional and Division I NCAA teams. With the knowledge, skills and attitudes they acquire and hone in the program, graduating residents and fellows confidently open doors to their career goals and readily attain them. To learn more about the program and its opportunities for residents, fellows, and medical students please visit the program’s website at http://www.fmres.org.
Paul Lewis, MD
Family Medicine Residency
Affiliate Assistant Professor
USF Department of Family Medicine