A residency program for family medicine that had been located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., now is the only fully-integrated civilian-military family residency in the Air Force that combines a community-based and a military residency.
The program, now located at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill., is a collaboration between Scott’s 375th Medical Group and St. Louis University. Each class in the program, which lasts three years, has eight military residents and six civilians, reports 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs.
The program allows residents to treat DOD beneficiaries at Scott’s family medicine clinic in Belleville, located next to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, as well as civilian patients at various locations.
“The biggest benefit of this program is the variety of patients our residents get exposed to and get the opportunity to care for,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Snyder, the residency program’s military director.
“There are things here you may not see in a straight military residency program, because the military patient population doesn’t always present the most challenging patients sometimes,” Snyder said.
The program moved from Scott AFB to St. Elizabeth’s when the base hospital closed in 1996. Late next year, St. Elizabeth’s will be moving locations along with the residency clinic, but the residency program will remain the same, according to the story. The new location will allow more efficient patient care and will also be closer to Scott AFB, making it easier for most DOD beneficiaries to receive care, Snyder said.