The resident clinic is located in the southern Berrien county town of Niles, Michigan. It is approximately a 30 minute drive from the Lakeland Medical Center, St Joseph site and five minutes from the Lakeland Hospital, Niles location. The resident office space encompasses up to 10 exam rooms including three procedure rooms, two rooms for osteopathic manipulative treatment, a microscopy lab and a resident office/library.
It is at this site that residents will care for their panel of patients in an environment consistent with operation and function of an attending physician office. Residents are part of a team of attending faculty and residents, which delivers care in over 18,000 patient contacts per year, over 9,000 of which are resident-only patient experiences. The resident physician is included in all of the office management and clinical course of Lakeland Family Medicine, Niles. We believe this close association of the resident to faculty and staff is a vital part of the overall maturation experience of today’s family medicine resident’s education.
Progressive patient care responsibility in the outpatient setting occurs over the three year continuum of the family medicine practice rotation experience. Clinical experience ranges from newborn care, in-office procedures, wellness promotion, OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment), chronic disease management, to end of life care over the course of time spent in the office setting. An increase in frequency of clinic days as well as increased patient contacts occur as the resident grows in their ability and skill level. At the end of the experience, the resident is expected to be functioning at the level of an attending physician, prepared to start independent practice.