The Role of the Resident

Staff ImageUNC Health Southeastern’s Medical Education program has residency-run clinics in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.In these settings, the resident provides initial hands-on care of the patient as well as completes the office visit documentation, with review by the program director or clinical preceptor. The program director or clinical preceptor is board certified and serves as a resource for the resident. Collaborative and lifelong learning takes place daily. Patient care will be face-to-face with the resident who has experience in the clinical setting that they develop throughout their medical student rotation experiences at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC), followed by a three-year residency.  They are better able to meet the variety of needs that a patient can present to them in a clinic whether it’s their diabetes, an asthma exacerbation, or a pediatric well-child exam (family medicine). All residency-run clinics are taking new patients.

Residents can fill several roles at SRMC. First, they provide direct patient care. They serve on committees within the hospital structure. Also, they can participate in ongoing hospital quality or research projects pertinent to their area of interest. They may also participate in process improvement plans as a team member.

We attract residents to the Lumberton area, UNC Health Southeastern and SRMC that are community-minded. Many of these persons want to practice in a rural area and provide a full-spectrum of care to the community. The carefully selected residents not only understand the needs of the community but want to involve themselves in the community.  We hope that they will remain in the area after graduation to medically serve the community and train the incoming residents and students.

The residency programs here at SRMC have been in the planning stages for quite some time and are affiliated with Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. Starting July 1, 2015, we took our first residency class from an excellent pool of applicants.  We continue to promote the excellence of training in Lumberton as recruitment continues year-round. We have welcomed another new class of residents which began on July 1.

Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine is our sponsoring institution for academics as well as administrative duties for the vice president of medical education, program directors, and core faculty in order to maintain the residency program standards.

For more information about UNC Health Southeastern’s Medical Education program, log on to www.southeasternhealth.org/residencyprogram.

Dr. Patricia Matto serves as is the Vice President of Medical Education and Director of Student Medical Education for UNC Health Southeastern as well as the Regional Assistant Dean for Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.

By Patricia Matto, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP

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