More About Family Health Center of Worcester

"It was 1972...I knew I wanted to take care of women. Within two months into my rotating internship, I knew I wanted to take care of infants and children, too. I signed on as one of the first residents in this program and I was not disappointed!" 
                                       
 - Professor Lucy Candib, MD, 2013
                                    
  
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Resident Lucy Candib                Professor Candib today 


We Speak Their Language

If you find multi-cultural settings stimulating, then Queen Street is for you. Close to 50% of our patients speak Spanish and full-time interpreters are on hand at all times. We also serve Vietnamese, Albanian, Portuguese, Russian, Burmese, Arabic, and Cambodian speaking patients. Many of our residents take advantage of international electives to experience the native cultures and languages of the immigrant patients they care for in Worcester. The residency has also offered Spanish classes during the academic year.

At Queen Street, your primary care team includes faculty physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants, plus a social service advocate to help streamline delivery of care to all patients. A post-doctoral psychology fellow will help you develop your interviewing skills with individuals and families. An onsite Department of Social Services, a WIC program, dental, psychiatric counseling, addiction medicine, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services complete the comprehensive care model. We do it all at Queen Street.


We Teach Procedures

Queen Street residents are trained by their family medicine faculty to do colposcopy, joint injections and all types of skin procedures in weekly clinics. You will learn IUD insertion and endometrial sampling by providing this service to your own patients under the supervision of your preceptor. You may work in our onsite Walk-in Center periodically, or as an elective rotation and have the opportunity to care for many acutely ill and injured patients who may require suturing of lacerations, casting of fractures, and management of active medical problems. Residents can pursue special training in acupuncture with our faculty who are licensed acupuncturists. 


Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)

Daily chart rounds are facilitated by family medicine faculty committed to teaching EBM. Our library computers are connected to the UMass library and the web with access to numerous EBM resources, UpToDate and a wide array of full text journals on line. A UMass librarian attends chart rounds weekly to help you hone your literature searching skills. Our faculty teach the latest clinical guidelines and their application to individual patients. Academic pharmacy faculty form part of the educational team, assisting with precepting, chart rounds, and didactics. A consulting psychiatrist participates in precepting twice a month. 


We Teach Integrative Medicine

Family Health Center has providers who are trained in several forms of complementary and non-allopathic medicine. These include (but are not limited to) acupuncture, cupping, gua-sha, hypnosis, osteopathic manipulation, and functional medicine. If you have interest in learning these or other non-allopathic techniques, or if you already have training in them, then Family Health Center is the place to be. We can help you get the training to be effective and supervise your use of these techniques while you are fine tuning your skills in Western Medicine.


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Maternity Care

Our residents gain tremendous experience in maternity care by caring for and delivering a large volume of their own prenatal patients under close faculty supervision. All maternity patients are assigned a social services advocate who supports, educates and advocates for them. The advocate provides translation services and emotional support for non-English speaking patients through their labor and delivery. Residents gain technical expertise in prenatal care, labor management and delivery in a family-centered, family medicine style within a team model of care. Many of our residents choose to lead prenatal groups, a model where women participate in group visits for their prenatal care, learning from and bonding with each other over the course of their pregnancy.

We are very proud of our highly qualified residents and our constantly evolving, progressive curriculum. The educational experience is individualized for the unique interests of each resident. You can make the most of your education here while you really make a difference for your patients and the community.