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Residency Teaching Program

Developed in 1994 as the nation's first accredited Community Health Center-sponsored family medicine residency program, the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program has received national recognition for providing not only superior academic training, but also for the unique cultural experiences the residents gain. Lawrence General Hospital serves as the only teaching hospital in the area hosting residents of the program during their clinical rotations.

Given that more than 50% of the population of Lawrence come from Latino descent, it is vitally important that clinicians practice care in a culturally sensitive manner. Accordingly, program residents are enrolled in an intensive Spanish immersion class and take part in international events and experiences during their training.

Unlike a traditional residency program at a tertiary hospital, residents here are brought into the "family fold," and are embraced by Lawrence General Hospital's physicians and staff. Resident physicians serve as Lawrence families' personal physicians and serve the community both within and outside the hospital during their training years.

Residents state repeatedly that "it's the people" that made them choose the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency and Lawrence General Hospital, not only as their training site, but also as their home. "It's their desire to embrace the challenges of serving the health care needs of a diverse community that creates a common bond among these incredibly dedicated individuals", says Joseph W. Gravel, Jr. MD, Residency Director.

Click here for more information on the Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program.


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