Patient Questions Answered
1Wouldn’t it be better for me to see a doctor who is already board certified?
You might think the answer is "yes", however, one of the great things about seeing a Resident Physician is that they will discuss your care with one of our esteemed Board Certified Faculty who will ensure that the treatment you receive is the best possible. In essence, when you see a Resident, you actually have the advantage of having your health reviewed by not one, but TWO doctors. You will also be contributing to the development and education of a future Board Certified Family Medicine doctor who will someday be using the knowledge they learned from working with you to care for thousands of patients later on in their career!
2Are Resident Physicians Real Doctors?
YES! In order to be accepted into a residency program one must first complete a 4 year undergraduate degree as well as 4 years of Medical School. All HMS residents are either Medical Doctors (MD) or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).
3Why Do Residents Leave?
Sometimes after getting great rural physician training, they return home to serve their community.
4Why do doctors choose to complete a residency?
Our Residents have come to the HMS Family Medicine Residency Program in order to complete 3 additional years of training specific to the speciality of Family Medicine. This additional training is required to become board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
5How good are the HMS Family Medicine Residents?
This year the HMS FMRP received almost 1000 applications for our 2 highly competitive positions. All of the HMS Residents who have taken the American board of Family Medicine board exam prior to graduation have passed this challenging test on their first attempt!