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Published on November 01, 2010

$1.92 Million Grant Will Allow Family Residency Program to Expand

Crozer-Chester Medical Center was recently awarded a five-year, $1.92 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration that will help Crozer’s Family Medicine Residency Program to expand from seven residents a year to nine residents a year.

The grant Crozer received is part of $320 million in grants under the Affordable Care Act that are aimed at strengthening the healthcare workforce. Of those grants, $253 million will go to improve and expand the primary care workforce under the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act. Another $67 million in Health Profession Opportunity Grants will provide low-income individuals with education, training and supportive services that will help them prepare to enter and advance in careers in the healthcare sector.

Crozer was one of only six institutions in Pennsylvania that received grants for primary care residency expansion.

“We’re thrilled to receive this grant. We’re proud to play a role in working to reverse the national primary care physician workforce shortage,” says William Warning II, M.D., FAAFP. “The nation needs more primary care physicians, particularly as we work toward a new model of care that focuses on the concept of providing patients with a ‘medical home.’”

Crozer’s Family Medicine Residency Program currently has seven residents per class, for a total of 21 residents in the program. The grant, along with additional funding by Crozer, will help the program expand to nine residents for each class.

“Crozer-Keystone Health System has truly demonstrated a commitment to our program, and to expanding its primary care base. Many of our former residents have been hired by the Crozer-Keystone Health Network after completing our program,” Warning says.

The Center for Family Health practice in Springfield, which serves as the residency program’s main clinical site for outpatient teaching, is one of two CKHS primary care practices that have earned recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home Program. Crozer Medical Associates is the other practice that has earned this recognition.

At the Center for Family Health, residents use a fully functional electronic medical record, which provides a paperless approach to quality patient care and practice-based research. Residents work with a multi-disciplinary team that includes a behavioral psychologist, nurse practitioner, clinical pharmacists, nurse care manager, medical assistants and several specialist physicians. Residents also train at Crozer-Keystone hospitals as well as the Center for Family Health in Upper Darby.

Crozer’s Family Medicine Residency has a progressive full-time faculty with advanced training in sports medicine, medical informatics, obstetrics, women’s health, geriatrics and faculty development. Faculty members regularly make presentations and host workshops at both the regional and national level as well as collaborate with the residents for research and scholarly activities.

For more information about Crozer’s Family Medicine Residency, or about any of Crozer-Keystone’s other residency and fellowship programs, visit http://residency.crozer.org.

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