More About Barre Family Health Center 


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The Barre “Family”


As a resident in Barre you will have the opportunity to work closely with our faculty of 11 family physicians, including 2 osteopathic physicians with OMT practices, and a PA. Also on staff are two psychologists, a Behavioral Science fellow, a PharmD, a podiatrist, and community family physicians all dedicated to teaching our residents. Medical, nursing and pharmacy students add to this multidisciplinary integrated learning environment.

Consultants include a cardiologist, podiatrist, and adult and child psychiatrists offering specialty care to our patients and teaching to our residents. Our friendly, experienced office staff and nurses are important members of our physician led health care teams providing service to our patients to the level of their capabilities.


Continuity and Community Oriented Care Across a Lifetime

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As a resident in Barre you will have the opportunity to work closely with our faculty of 11 family physicians, including 2 osteopathic physicians with OMT practices, and a PA. Also on staff are two psychologists, a Behavioral Science fellow, a PharmD, a podiatrist, and community family physicians all dedicated to teaching our residents. Medical, nursing and pharmacy students add to this multidisciplinary integrated learning environment.

Consultants include a cardiologist, podiatrist, and adult and child psychiatrists offering specialty care to our patients and teaching to our residents. Our friendly, experienced office staff and nurses are important members of our physician led health care teams providing service to our patients to the level of their capabilities.

Recognizing that many of our graduates will go on to practice in small towns and community hospitals, the Barre curriculum has a focus on preparing you to be a leader in an independent community practice anywhere in the world. Maternal-child health, preventive health for children and adults, urgent and emergent child and adult care, geriatric care, and dignified end-of-life care are all important aspects of our curriculum. As a Barre resident, you will care for your own panel of patients. You will become skilled in the management of acute and chronic medical illness in a variety of settings, including the health center, the hospital, Holden Nursing Home, local schools, and even in patients’ homes, as house calls are routine.

Barre prides itself on a continuity maternity care experience for both our patients and our residents. Residents are paired with all prenatal patients and deliver their patients at the Memorial Campus with close faculty support. Your involvement in this major life event forges a relationship and bond with your families in a way that few other experiences can. Our curriculum includes training in trauma evaluation and management, stabilization of acutely ill patients, and a concentrated experience in managing hospitalized patients from our practice. During your health center chief rotation, you will become proficient at managing hospitalized patients from the community, not just immediately at the bedside.

Residents are integral to our QI efforts, currently focused on moving our center forward in a practice transformation. Recently recognized as a level 3 (the highest possible) Patient Centered Medical Home by NCQA, ongoing initiatives include Post Discharge management to prevent readmission to hospital or ED, planned care at every visit for well patients due for screening or immunizations, and for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease. In the past year we have developed a Patient Advisory Board to guide our work. Group visits for Diabetic patients are a first step toward developing more shared visits. Our medical home also features 3 suboxone providers and a Chronic Pain Management Initiative. Our patient web page is available in our waiting room and online. (Read more about our PCMH work!)


The Barre Experience: Hands-On Family Medicine


In Barre, we have long enjoyed our reputation for excellence in procedure-oriented medicine as well as urgent and emergent care. We perform a tremendous number of minor surgical procedures: various skin lesion excisions, cryotherapy, vasectomies and I&D’s. Residents are trained in joint injections, and women’s health procedures such as colposcopy, endometrial biopsies, and IUD insertions. 

Residents become adept at more urgent and emergent procedures as well. All Barre residents gain experience with casting and management of fractures and sprains, suturing complex lacerations, removing foreign bodies, starting IVs and administering parenteral medications. Maternity patients are often triaged at the health center. Critically ill patients can be stabilized in Barre and then transported for admission to the hospital. On-site urgent care is provided after hours providing an unsurpassed on-call experience.

The Barre Family Health Center maintains an impressive history of caring for our community and teaching our residents. Our location has enabled us to practice the entire scope of family medicine. In doing so, we have been able to provide a rich and unique educational experience to more than 140 outstanding family physicians.
 

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