By Cmdr. James Keck, M.D., Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program director
Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville is a premiere training pipeline for Navy Medicine clinicians. We consistently produce highly-skilled military and civilian health care providers who deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide—providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea, and on the battlefield. At the same time, Navy Medicine professionals care for military, retirees and family members at home.
More than 250 military and civilian students receive clinical training at NH Jacksonville each year. We participate in physician assistant, perioperative nurse, nurse anesthetist, and pharmacist training programs. We host Hospital Corpsman University. We maintain over 100 medical training, research and support collaborations with universities, colleges and medical organizations.
But what we might be best known for is our award-winning Family Medicine Residency Program, which hosts 39 residents and interns, giving them the ability to provide the full spectrum of primary care for active and retired service members and their families.
For the past 44 years, our family medicine staff, interns and residents have strived for excellence in patient care, academics and research—as well as military leadership. Our program is proud to have a 100 percent board certification pass rate, compared to the 86 percent national average.
And as a direct result of our dedicated faculty, support staff, command leadership and the students themselves, our program has earned the 2015 and 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Scholarly Activity Award from the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, 2013 Excellence in Teaching and 2011 Family Medicine Clinical Site of the Year Awards from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Family Medicine residents complete three years of study, including rotations in sports medicine, obstetrics, neurology, behavioral health, hospice, trauma and intensive care. And as program graduates ship out each June to new assignments as Navy medical officers, we prepare for our new academic year, which begins in July.
May is medical education and training month, an opportunity to highlight the exciting, innovative and progressive education and training we provide to groom the next generation of Navy Medicine health care professionals. For more information on NH Jacksonville’s Family Medicine Residency Program visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax.