News: Residency program to share information
Story by Jason Bortz
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Family Medicine Residency Program was recently included in a new online database of professional training programs created by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
The hospital is the only Military Treatment Facility to be included in the database, which identifies innovative primary care training programs throughout the United States.
The PCPCC, which was started in 2006, works to advance an effective and efficient health system with a strong foundation of primary care and a patient-centered medical home model. The database is managed by the PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force and includes 100 programs that support students, residents and health professionals deliver primary care that is patient-centered and collaborative across multiple disciplines including nursing, social work, behavior health and more.
Naval Hospital Pensacola’s Family Medicine Residency Program was the first program in the Navy to implement a patient-centered medical home model, known as Medical Home Port, into its residency curriculum.
“I thought it was important to share how residents are taught patient-centered care because we have an established curriculum here around Medical Home Port,” said Lt. Kevin Bernstein, a chief resident, NHP.
Bernstein led the initiative to include NHP in the database and spent many hours submitting information about the residency program to PCPCC.
“We are training people within a successful model here,” said Bernstein. “That model is good for civilian hospitals to use as well as Military Treatment Facilities.”
Sharing of information and successful models is the basis of the database, which is open to everyone at www.pcpcc.org/training. The database is searchable and includes detailed information on existing training programs to include formal curricula, educational components and core competencies that support team-based care delivery like Medical Home Port.
The news of the inclusion on PCPCC’s database came at the same time it was announced that NHP’s Family Medicine Residency Program will be dissolving by 2016. Despite this news, Bernstein, along with his fellow residents, can take pride in knowing they learned patient-centered care at one of the most successful Medical Home Port programs in the Navy.
“I am proud to be part of this program,” said Bernstein, who will graduate next summer. “We [all of the residents] believe that until the residency program is closed for good, residents here will receive the training to be the best doctors to operate within the Medical Home Port model.”