Family Medicine Residency Program

A message from the Program Director

The Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program provides a great opportunity for medical school graduates looking to further their education in pursuit of becoming a family physician. Health Quest offers a wealth of resources across a system of four major hospitals, an extensive primary care network and specialized outpatient facilities.

Health Quest Family Medicine residents will gain in-depth obstetrics experience, knowledge of inpatient and outpatient pediatric services, and exposure to a variety of other subspecialties. Inpatient adult medicine will take place at our primary site, Northern Dutchess Hospital, under the supervision of board-certified physicians. Residents will provide holistic care for patients and will take primary responsibility for patient care as appropriate for training year and abilities.

The outpatient Family Medicine Practice (FMP) in Kingston, NY allows residents the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population. Residents will provide longitudinal primary care services for their own patient panel, perform procedures and develop skills to practice effectively in an outpatient practice. The FMP is staffed by Family Medicine-boarded physicians working in collaboration with patient care representatives, a social worker, nutritionist and dentist who will assist residents in delivering holistic care of the patient.

The Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program prioritizes resident well-being and works to ensure a supportive, healthy environment for trainees. Health Quest offers resident a variety of services to maintain work-life balance such as a wellness center at our primary inpatient site that is free for all residents.

Our program seeks motivated residents who are striving to become the top leaders in family medicine to join us in our mission to provide exceptional healthcare to the communities we serve.

Sincerely,
Hossam Hafez, MD
Program Director, Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program

Program Structure

The Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program is a three-year training program based at Northern Dutchess Hospital (NDH), a Health Quest facility in Rhinebeck, NY. Residents rotate monthly through a diverse curriculum of specialties, while attending to a longitudinal patient panel at the outpatient continuity clinic. As a Family Medicine resident, you will conduct a significant portion of your training at Northern Dutchess Hospital, including surgical and inpatient floor experience. Residents also rotate through Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) for specialty experiences. Residents select their own electives during all PGY years, and these may include any family medicine subspecialty, a research month, or any other rotation discussed and agreed upon in conjunction with your Program Director.

The outpatient Family Medicine Practice (FMP) for the Health Quest Family Medicine Program is located in Kingston, NY, and operates in collaboration with our partner, Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare). HRHCare has a long history of partnership with Health Quest and brings experience operating residency clinics. The faculty at Health Quest and the faculty at HRHCare work together to provide each resident with a variety of clinical experiences in inpatient and outpatient medicine. Residents at the FMP provide primary care services to a patient panel and gain valuable experience integrating obstetrical care and behavioral health into primary care.

For more information on the Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program, download our Fast Facts sheet here.

Clinical Schedules (sample)

An example of one resident’s training schedule in this program is shown below. This is just an example, and may be adjusted by the program director to ensure adequate experience and ACGME compliance. You can also download our Program’s Fast Fact Sheet here.

 

Family Medicine Practice

The Family Medicine Practice (FMP) / Continuity Clinic is currently located at 1200 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY. The FMP contains 25 patient exam rooms, a waiting room, precepting rooms, faculty/resident work area, conference room, dentistry operatory, behavioral health rooms and lactation room.

Residents during the PGY1 year will complete one half-day session per week in the FMP, two half-day sessions in the PGY2 year, and four half-day sessions during the PGY3 year.  Residents will be paired into one of four teams for the length of their training program with residents from varying levels.

Academic and Research Offerings

Boot Camp / Orientation
As a new resident, you will participate in an intern boot camp and orientation during your first week here. This will help you adjust to residency life and provide you with an overview of programs, topics and required information. Non-patient care/medical knowledge curriculum topics are covered as well, including interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning and improvements.

ABFM In-Training Exam
Residents’ medical knowledge and clinical reasoning will be benchmarked for measuring longitudinal growth through the results of the annual American Board of Family Medicine In-Training Examination. All family medicine residents will complete the exam during the last full week of October. Results will be reviewed with the Program Director to inform discussions and individualization of curriculum and clinical training (e.g., reading material, board prep and electives).

Research Opportunities

Each resident in the Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program is paired with a faculty mentor who will encourage and support you through the research process. Mentors are tasked with assisting residents in background research, feasibility, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, study design, implementation and analysis, and quality improvement projects.

Research elective experiences are available for residents who wish to pursue a more in-depth experience, and Health Quest’s experienced research faculty are available for guidance and support. Family Medicine residents are encouraged to present all research either within the department, locally, regionally or nationally – including during the annual Health Quest Program’s Resident Research Day, where residents of all specialties may present posters and oral presentations showcasing their work.

Academic Didactic Schedule

Weekly:
Academic Half-Day – Mandatory conferences are held each Tuesday morning in the Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program. All lectures are designed to provide residents with a broad range of knowledge on the ACGME competencies and prepare them to provide exceptional patient care. Conference topics will vary, and may either be presented by a faculty member, a guest lecturer or a resident. We believe that academic inquiry is an important part of learning, so we make sure each resident has ample opportunity to present their own research, a journal article or a unique patient care case during their time in the program.

Quality and Process Improvement (Q&PI) – Third-year residents will present a patient case and discuss strategies for continued quality and process improvement, and how those strategies should be implemented.

Monthly:
Teaching Days – Residents from each class will convene for a group learning exercise to prepare them for the next step in their training. First-year residents will review basic sciences and patient care practices. Second-year residents will pursue specialized and advanced care topics. Third-year residents will learn valuable practice management concepts.
Journal Club – A second- or third-year resident will review and present a journal article to initiate discussion of current or emerging medical advances.

Grand Rounds – Faculty will lead discussions on a wide variety of medical topics with all residents.
Continuing Patient Care Case (CPCC) – A third-year resident will present on a continuing patient care case.
Board Preparation – Topics targeted at board examinations will be presented by Core Faculty members.

Quarterly:
Health Quest GME-Wide Resident Forums –The Resident Forum serves as a venue for residents of all programs to air any concerns in a resident-only session. No faculty, leadership or administrative staff are present, unless invited. Two representatives from the resident forum will sit on the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) and bring forward any concerns discussed during the resident forum meetings.

Health Quest Residency Joint-Program Lecture Series – In conjunction with the general surgery and internal medicine residents, lecture topics include GME-wide topics such as resident fatigue, burnout, resident wellness and other concerns. Sessions will be hosted by the GME office and invited speakers will present. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress and depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Burnout
  • Boundary violations
  • Impairment
  • Instructive feedback

Sample Didactic Week

 

How to Apply

The Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program thanks you for your interest in applying to our program. We accept all applications through the ERAS only and participate annually in the NRMP Match Program.

Requirements

The following items are required for consideration of interview. All items must be received through the ERAS application portal:

  • Personal Statement
  • Current CV
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE Step 1 CK Score
  • USMLE Step 2 CS Score
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Score
  • MSPE (Dean’s) Letter

Important Dates

We will interview candidates during select dates in November, December, and January. These dates will be provided to invited residency applicants via e-mail notification. Other important dates include:

  • November 30: Standard Registration Deadline for Applicants
  • February 21: Rank Order List Deadline
  • March 12: Match Week
  • March 15: E-Mail Notification of Match
  • March 16: MATCH DAY CELEBRATION

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program! If you need more information, please contact us.

Where will I train?
The majority of training takes place at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY and at the outpatient continuity clinic, or Family Medicine Practice (FMP) in Kingston, NY. Some specialty experiences and electives, if selected, may occur at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

When is my application due?
Applications are due through ERAS on November 30.

How many residency positions are there?
We accept eight (8) residents each year, for a total of 24 family medicine residents. We want our community to be tight-knit, and each resident to feel they are an important part of the program while providing an excellent educational experience.

When are the interviews?
Interviews will take place on select dates in November, December, and January. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified via email.