Program Overview

The Family Medicine Residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown has been a vital part of the Youngstown Ohio area since 1977. The Program has graduated over 100 family physicians since it was founded. Over half of the graduates have remained in the area, providing high quality medical care to the Mahoning-Trumbull-Columbiana County region. Graduates have embarked on many exciting practice avenues, including private practice (in small groups, large multi-specialty groups, and hospital positions), academic appointments, and fellowship training. Our program is fully accredited by the ACGME. 

The emphasis on education is apparent from the start. Our interns are given a thorough initiation to health care with a month-long introduction to clinical medicine. They are given lectures on functioning in the hospital and the family health center, clinical competencies, mock in-training exams, and opportunities for professional development. As a resident progresses through the curriculum, they are challenged to evolve their understanding of disease and, more importantly, how to apply that knowledge to improving the health care of a diverse patient population. 

Educational opportunities are present throughout the residency. Formal didactics are presented weekly, covering the full scope of Family Medicine. Each patient encounter in the hospital or in our Family Health Center is treated as a teachable moment. The faculty possesses a breadth of knowledge, experience, and skills, while sharing a passion for teaching. There are multiple opportunities for residents to act as teachers and mentors to medical students. Residents can obtain a Clinical Faculty rank through Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

Size of Program:
We currently offer four openings per academic year

Areas of Strength:
While each resident and faculty member develops their own areas of interest, there are several particular areas that make this program unique.

1. The Family Health Center
Located across the street from St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, the Family Health Center is a stand-alone facility. It is a very busy practice center, with over 9000 visits annually. It provides a variety of services to a diverse patient population: obstetrical care, well child care, routine adult health maintenance, acute and chronic care, and procedure clinic. There are also opportunities to participate in occupational medicine issues such as acute injury care.

2. Procedures
Residents are given the opportunity to perform and become proficient in several procedures, including, but not limited to:      

  • EKG interpretation
  • Holter monitor interpretation
  • Skin procedures (biopsy, excision)
  • Joint aspiration and injection
  • Obstetrical care and delivery
  • Colposcopy
  • Circumcision
  • Tympanometry
  • Foreign body removal
  • Suturing
  • Pulmonary function testing

3. Commitment to Education
St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital is a participating teaching site for NEOMED. Medical students from each level spend time with residents in formal and informal capacities. Students from several other medical schools also rotate with the residents throughout the year. The residents serve as preceptors and supervise the medical students in patient encounters. In a more informal capacity, the residents are often mentors for the medical students. Centering® Pregnancy group prenatal care is an important of the obstetrical training. The Department of Medical Education also supports residencies in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry, and also offers a Transitional Year Program. There is close contact and interaction with the faculty and residents of these programs. Multidisciplinary lectures are also offered.

4. Research
Residents are able to develop their own clinical questions and conduct research with a variety of faculty and administrative support. There are also opportunities to join ongoing projects developed by other faculty and residents, both at our hospital and our affiliated medical school, NEOMED. The Department of Medical Education has an exceptional Research Department that is very accessible and provides support with proposal development, statistics, and analysis. They also assist with obtaining Institutional Approval for all research projects.

In addition to local presentations, residents have presented at state and regional conferences. Our faculty have presented papers at state, regional and national conferences and have several publications in peer reviewed journals. One scholarly activity and one quality improvement project is required for successful completion of the residency.

5. Technology

A comprehensive EMR for outpatient and inpatient encounters has been utilized since 2011. Residents also have the opportunity to learn skills in our simulation center.

6. Lifestyle
Residents enjoy ample time to pursue interests outside medicine. The cost of living of the area is much lower than most of the country. Multiple opportunities exist within town to explore culture and nightlife. Large airports and “big city” life are easily accessed within a one hour drive to Cleveland and Pittsburgh.