Travis AFB Program Goals and Philosophy
The department supports the role of the physician trained in the broad specialty of Family Practice who can care for the majority of common medical problems faced by the average family. This physician deals with the "whole" patient by addressing emotional and social needs as well as physical disorders. The department supports the cooperative role of the physician and patient in the prevention of disease and disability. The department endorses the position of the family physician as patient advocate in the coordination of the care of complicated or chronic medical problems with other medical care providers. The department asserts that the most effective way to develop skilled family physicians is through progressive, high caliber residency training programs which provide the knowledge, clinical skills, and environment of caring which serves as a basis for the proper practice of family medicine. The department further believes Air Force medical care can best be delivered through the cooperative efforts of family physicians and other specialists.
Residents train at David Grant Medical Center (DGMC), 60th Medical Group, both in the Family Practice Clinic and on other specialty rotations, as well as other designated training sites. DGMC is a full service, 245 bed, acute care facility which serves as a referral center for the western region of the United States. Consultation services are available with board certified individuals in all departments. In the first year of training, the program emphasizes inpatient management of medical problems, largely through rotations on a variety of specialty services. In the second year, inpatient skills are refined and greater exposure to outpatient clinics is provided. During the third year, the emphasis is within the model family practice unit, integrating acquired knowledge into the total primary health care of families.