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Advantages of Our Program

To ensure a healthy balance between patient care, education and personal / family needs, we believe in collaborative learning, mutual support and teamwork.

“I'm new to Cleveland, and I love it here - thanks to my new Fairview family. Everyone is incredibly friendly and willing to help, which has made the transition from med student to intern easy. I love that the program is community based, but also has all of the academic resources offered by the Cleveland Clinic. I feel very lucky to be training here!”
Courtney Pearson, MD, PGY3, University of Maryland

“I have loved my experience at Fairview. The education has been wonderful, and it is such a supportive atmosphere. I have been able to discover what kind of physician I want to be, encouraged to practice Evidence based medicine, and motivated to develop meaningful relationships with my patients”
Ashley Phipps, DO, PGY3, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Fairview has truly welcomed me into its community. The faculty and support staff at the Center for Family Medicine as well as Fairview hospital have been unbelievably helpful in the transition from medical student to intern. The support and patience as I continually learn and adapt has been wonderful, and I feel very happy to be a part of such a wonderful program. There is a great sense of community and camaraderie between all three years of residents, and I am very happy to be able to be able to learn not only from passionate faculty and support staff, but also from those coming right before me.”
Natalie Thomas, DO, PGY3, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

"I fell in love with Fairview because of the community hospital feel with the presence of a major academic center like the Cleveland Clinic. The faculty are great teachers. The residents have a great relationship with each other and the Faculty. This all comes together to create an amazing learning environment."
Ryan Walker, MD, PGY3, West Virginia University

“I am new to Ohio and have loved everything about Cleveland and the Fairview Family Medicine program since I got here. I chose Fairview for residency because of the truly fantastic mix of faculty and residents at this program in addition to the diverse patient population and range of experiences you get throughout your training. Another advantage to the program is the smaller faculty size compared to other programs which facilitates stronger relationships and better training and education. I feel very lucky to be in this program and am really looking forward to my 3 years here.”
Nicole Ascanio, MD, PGY2, Wake Forest School of Medicine

“Being from Cleveland, I knew I wanted to stay close to home. When I rotated at Fairview, I was overwhelmed by the kind and welcoming faculty and residents. I was drawn to the supportive environment and the strong work ethic of the residents. Fairview also offers a community hospital setting with the abundant resources of the Cleveland Clinic. All of these factors play a role in making this residency a great place to learn. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Fairview community!”

Jamie DelVecchio, DO, PGY2, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Fairview Center for Family Medicine is my home for the next three years. When considering residency programs, I ranked Fairview number one for both professional and personal reasons. Fairview Hospital is a branch of The Cleveland Clinic Health System. The residency program is dually accredited, providing fellowship opportunities, along with leadership experiences and networking. The community supports and respects the residency program and provides a great patient population as well. I grew up in the surrounding area and it is an honor to serve my community members and build relationships that I hope to maintain throughout my professional career. Fairview also provides residents a well-rounded, structured and organized educational program. The attendings are respectable physicians themselves – I would send my family to any of them. They truly want you to excel; they are confident in the residents’ abilities, and also create learning and growth opportunities so that you are well prepared for all aspects of medicine upon completion. I enjoy the diverse group of people that I work with and they make me a better physician; they are friendly, down to earth, relatable and reliable. There is a family atmosphere here and I couldn’t be more proud to start my years of practice here at Fairview and in the Cleveland area.”
Biagio Boytim, DO, PGY2, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

“I feel so privileged to train at Fairview. This program is very deliberately designed, and empowers us to learn and grow in meaningful ways. I feel like I have autonomy, but also feel well supported. We are trained to be leaders, collaborators, and healers of mind, body and spirit.”
Regina Pestak, DO, PGY2, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

“I chose Fairview because I wanted to train at a program that was friendly, flexible, and supportive, while still offering a high-quality education. I also wanted a program that stressed the importance of preventive care, and offered OMT training because I hope to continue utilizing these after I graduate. In addition to all this though, the residents, faculty, and staff were what really impressed me and made me want to travel all the way from Texas!”
Austin Tutt, DO, PGY1, University of N. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Fairview has mastered the balance of providing a curriculum that is both challenging and supportive. Not only are the faculty easy to work with, they are extremely knowledge. Beyond the outstanding personnel and experiences, the resources offered by the Cleveland Clinic allow residents explore nearly every potential interest. I am particularly grateful for the flexibility our program offers in developing our own curriculum. Faculty support to pursue one's career interests is abundant. Fairview combines the intimacy of a small community program with the academic rigor of a large academic institution.”
Daniel Urcuyo, MD, PGY1, Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Advisor System
Each resident is assigned a faculty advisor who they will work closely with as they grow and develop as a physician. Advisor meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis although residents can request to meet with their advisors any time they wish. These meetings are an opportunity to bring any educational or personal issues they wish to discuss and for the advisor to review academic and professional progress. Your advisors (as are all faculty members) are available as mentors throughout residency and beyond.

Annual Resident Retreat
Every Fall a residency retreat is held off-site for a time of fun, laughter and team building. Each retreat is unique and interactive as well as an opportunity for residents, faculty and their families to deepen their connections and sense of community.

Resident Support Groups
Support Groups are an integral part of our residency life. During your Intern year this is a monthly meeting, second-year a quarterly meeting and during third-year twice a year. This is a by class dinner experience facilitated by the Behavioral Science faculty providing a confidential space to process the life of being a resident.

The goal of this group is to promote and teach physician/resident well-being and to help resident’s develop resiliency, manage stress and develop a mutually supportive community of colleagues.

The objectives of our support groups:

  • To develop a community by encouraging friendships and collegiality based upon open communication, mutual care and support
  • To share resources and provide peer support to help residents through the stressors of their residency
  • To provide integration and learning of strategies for self-care as preparation for a career in medicine
  • To provide a safe environment to address stressors, communication problems, personal and relational concerns, to share celebrations & concerns, develop coping skills and discuss residency concerns

Resident Forums
Twice a month our chiefs meet with the residents as a group for a time of conversation. This is a chance share celebrations, discuss concerns and talk with the group about residency activities.

Hospital Resident Forums
Twice per year there is a meeting of representatives of each class and administration to review how things are going and to discuss any hospital-system concerns.

KORU Mindfulness
Koru Mindfulness is a unique, evidence-based curriculum specifically developed for teaching mindfulness, meditation and stress-management to young adults. We are excited to teach these skills to our residents to help encourage their own skills of self-care and skills that they can teach their patients to promote wellness.

Resident “Families”
As an intern you will be paired with a second and a third year resident-buddy forming a “family”. This idea came from our residents as they felt that by creating a “family” it could function like a mini-support group where there could be a special connection, celebrating birthdays, encouraging each other join in social events, providing a listening ear or a pep-talk on a difficult day.

These were also created to welcome interns and assure a confident first year by having couple of designated residents for those times when interns have questions ranging from how to respond to a patient in a certain situation, to EPIC electronic medical record questions to queries about an upcoming rotation or even where to find the best Mexican food. Our residents are colleagues and friends so this was a natural addition to set-up families of three.

Collegial Atmosphere
We believe in collaborative learning and mutual support.  Our overall success is dependent on our ability to work as a team.

Home Call
Our 2nd and 3rd year residents take home call for the Family Medicine service. They come into the hospital for admissions. If there are admissions after midnight, the resident is considered “post-call” and will be off the following afternoon to adhere to the ACGME call guidelines.

Teaching Opportunities
As 2nd and 3rd year residents, you can be scheduled with a medical student. Residents have the opportunity to teach residents in the clinic and on the inpatient Family Medicine rotation. Fairview has 3rd year students come for clerkship rotations, and 4th years rotate if they are interested in Family Medicine. We have students who come from CCF Lerner College, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Ohio University and LECOM. Students from any LCME OR AOA accredited schools are welcome.