Family Medicine Residency Purpose Statement & Strategic Imperatives
We believe it is important to know why we exist, how we can live it and how to achieve our purpose. Who we are as a residency program can be found in our purpose statement, core values and our strategic imperatives. Our purpose statement exemplifies why we believe we exist. Our core values are how we live it and our strategic imperatives are ways to fulfill our purpose. We use these as a road map to focus and guide our efforts on an ongoing basis.
Perpetuating Family Medicine: inspiring learners to be leaders in caring for patients and families throughout the journey of life.
- Integrity. Integrity guides our actions. We are transparent with our thoughts and ideas leading to open, honest discussion.
- Accountability. We accept accountability for our actions whether they lead to successful outcomes or to significant shortcomings.
- Diversity. Diversity in who we are and how we think allows us to explore ideas and strategies not otherwise considered.
- Shared Learning. We cultivate an environment of shared learning; we are teachers and learners at the same time.
- Humanity. We see humanity in all as we seek to truly know more about those we cross paths with each day.
Imperative I: Creating family physicians
At the center of our residency is tomorrow’s family physician. As we look to the future, we envision graduates that are prepared with the knowledge and experience to carry the torch of family medicine onward in the 21st century. We will be challenged to attract quality learners with a heart for family medicine, develop innovative curriculum and provide the passionate teachers and role models that our residents require.
Imperative II: Caring for patients and families
As family physicians we are on the front lines of patient care. We will adapt our systems and processes to provide value to the patient, their family and society as a whole. Residents will be integrally involved in designing and implementing our medical home.
Imperative III: Integrating allopathic and osteopathic medicine
There has been significant growth in Osteopathic physician presence in Minnesota. Our residency celebrates the diversity and the opportunity to learn from each other. Osteopathic medicine’s focus on treating the whole person and bringing care to areas of greatest need are natural fits with family medicine. We will provide a comprehensive education that incorporates the skills needed by osteopaths and allopaths alike.
Imperative IV: Advocating for rural medicine
Healthcare in rural America is in crisis. Family physicians account for the majority of providers in rural communities today. Decreasing trends of medical student interest in family medicine and other primary care specialties will only worsen this crisis. We will promote interest in rural health through our curriculum and our resident selection process.