Redding Family Practice Center
Mercy Family Health Center houses the residency program's model family practice center where residents work in a group practice setting alongside faculty. At Mercy Family Health Center, the payer distribution is comprised of approximately 30% private insurance or self-pay, and 70% Medicare/Medi-Cal patients. A broad spectrum of ages, ethnicity, and clinical problems, from prenatal care to geriatrics, is included in each resident's panel.
First-year residents spend one to two half-days per week in clinic, second years, two to four half-days, and third-year residents, three to five. Resident caseloads increase through the three years of training as proficiency increases and residents prepare to go into private practice.
Patients hospitalized from the Mercy Family Health Centers are cared for on the Family Practice Service. Residents participate fully in their patients' hospital care, supervised by the assigned Family Practice preceptor. When residents' other duties or vacations prevent them from doing so, their patients are cared for by the assigned Family Practice Service senior resident.
Medical students, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students frequently rotate through our centers for educational experiences in primary care. Accessing knowledge at the point of care is a critical component of being a successful practitioner. A well-established, up to date library along with Internet access is readily available.