Purpose and Goals

Our primary purpose is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity for resident physicians. UAMS South Central is committed to the continuous improvement of teaching and evaluating competency-based medical education as defined within the ACGME core competencies. These core competencies include:FPC_clinic1

  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient care
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Systems Based Practice and Improvement
  • Practice Based Learning and Improvement

The goal is to ensure that each trainee achieves a level of proficiency in each of the core competencies to be able to practice, safe, effective, clinical medicine in a given discipline. The trainee will advance from year to year in a progressive competency level and will serve as an example and resource to their peers, junior residents and medical students. After graduation, the resident will demonstrate a level of competence that is manifested by satisfactorily passing the board certification exam and possessing the knowledge and skills to uphold the rigors of care for the patient, hospital and community at large.


Upon completion of this residency, a Family Practice Resident should:

  • Demonstrate clinical excellence, utilizing current biomedical knowledge in identifying and managing the medical problems presented by his/her patients.
  • Provide continuing and comprehensive care to individuals and families.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the behavioral, emotional, and social environment factors of families in promoting health and managing disease.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining and developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the best in modern medical knowledge in a rapidly-changing world and pursue a regular and systematic program of life-long learning.
  • Recognize the need and demonstrate the ability to utilize consultation with other medical specialists while maintaining continuity of care.
  • Be aware of the findings of relevant research; understand and critically evaluate this body of research; and apply the results of the research to medical practice.
  • Manage his/her practice in a businesslike, cost-effective manner that will provide professional satisfaction and time for a rewarding personal life.
  • Serve as an advocate for the patient within the health care system. Access the quality of care that is provided and actively pursue measures to correct deficiencies.
  • Recognize community resources as an integral part of the health care system; participate in improving the health of the community.
  • Inform and counsel patients concerning their health problems, recognizing patient and physician backgrounds, beliefs, and expectations may be different.
  • Develop mutually satisfying physician-patient relationships to promote comprehensive problem-identification and problem-solving.
  • Use current medical knowledge to identify, evaluate and minimize risks for patient and family while balancing potential benefits, costs, and resources in determining appropriate interventions.
  • Actively participate in professional organizations that promote the integrity of medicine and competitive access to affordable health care for all citizens.
  • Serve as a role model for FAMILY PRACTICE.