Why This Program?
I chose CRMEF for many reasons. Cedar Rapids is a community-based program with two award-winning, top-100 hospitals that provide excellent experience in all aspects of patient care with enormous support from our community specialists and preceptors.
We see clinic patients in a nonprofit, federally qualified community health center that provides essential medical services to an underserved population. It recently became a level 3 patient centered medical home, which facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their physicians.
Our OB service rivals those in obstetrics residencies, with teaching by both OB/GYN specialists and family physicians. This allows for exposure to normal and high-risk pregnancies. Our service is designed to enhance experience in both prenatal clinic visits and labor and delivery encounters, including standard vaginal deliveries and cesarean sections.
My final and most important reason for choosing CRMEF is the people. Our faculty and residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Each has his or her own particular areas of medical expertise and extracurricular interests. This makes for wonderful camaraderie between faculty and residents because everyone has something to contribute. We embrace the family concept with each person doing his or her part to not only become well-trained family physicians but to continue to make CRMEF an excellent family medicine residency.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. -- Richard Bach
Tim Volk, MD