Crozer gets $1.92 million grant for family medicine residency expansion

Crozer-Chester Medical Center was recently awarded a
five-year, $1.92 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration that will help Crozer’s
Family Medicine Residency Program to expand from seven residents a year to nine
residents a year.

The grant Crozer received is part of $320 million in grants
under the Affordable Care Act that are aimed at strengthening the health care
workforce. Of those grants, $253 million will go to improve and expand the
primary care workforce under the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the
Affordable Care Act. Another $67 million in Health Profession Opportunity
Grants will provide low-income individuals with education, training and
supportive services that will help them prepare to enter and advance in careers
in the health care sector.

Crozer was one of only six institutions in Pennsylvania that
received grants for primary care residency expansion.

“We’re thrilled to receive this grant. We’re proud to play a
role in working to reverse the national primary care physician workforce
shortage,” says William Warning II, M.D., FAAFP. “The nation needs more primary
care physicians, particularly as we work toward a new model of care that
focuses on the concept of providing patients with a ‘medical home.’”

Crozer’s Family Medicine Residency Program currently has
seven residents per class, for a total of 21 residents in the program. The
grant, along with additional funding by Crozer, will help the program expand to
nine residents for each class.

“Crozer-Keystone Health System has truly demonstrated a
commitment to our program, and to expanding its primary care base. Many of our
former residents have been hired by the Crozer-Keystone Health Network after
completing our program,” Warning says.

The Center for Family Health practice in Springfield, which
serves as the residency program’s main clinical site for outpatient teaching,
is one of two CKHS primary care practices that have earned recognition from the
National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Physician Practice Connections-Patient
Centered Medical Home Program. Crozer Medical Associates is the other practice
that has earned this recognition.

At the Center for Family Health, residents use a fully
functional electronic medical record, which provides a paperless approach to
quality patient care and practice-based research. Residents work with a
multi-disciplinary team that includes a behavioral psychologist, nurse
practitioner, clinical pharmacists, nurse care manager, medical assistants and
several specialist physicians. Residents also train at Crozer-Keystone
hospitals as well as the Center for Family Health in Upper Darby.

Crozer’s Family Medicine Residency has a progressive
full-time faculty with advanced training in sports medicine, medical
informatics, obstetrics, women’s health, geriatrics and faculty development.
Faculty members regularly make presentations and host workshops at both the
regional and national level as well as collaborate with the residents for
research and scholarly activities.

For more information about Crozer’s Family Medicine
Residency, or about any of Crozer-Keystone’s other residency and fellowship
programs, visit



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