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Career Development - Family & Community Medicine

What Does Training Look Like?

Residency in Family Medicine is three or four years. There are multiple fellowships available after residency, including but not limited to: Addiction medicine,  Geriatric medicine, Integrative medicine, Sports medicine, OB, Global health, Hospitalist, Pallative care, and Rural medicine. Residents may train in opposed or unopposed programs in academic, academic-affiliated and/or community based programs.

Sub-specialties include addiction medicine,  geriatric medicine, integrative medicine, sports medicine, OB, global health, hospitalist, pallative care, and rural medicine.
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

This varies depending on the scope of care of the provider. Full spectrum family physicians may start their day by rounding in the hospital, seeing their patients at 7 am, then going to clinic after rounds until around 5 pm. They may take OB and hospital calls overnight and on weekends. Other family physicians focus only on outpatient clinic and may work from 8-5.
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to family medicine include:

  • Interest in continuity of care
  • Forming relationships with patients & families over time
  • Ability to work with the intellectual challenges which arise within broad differential diagnoses
  • Interest in working with chronic care management and preventative medicine
  • Desire for a dynamic workday in an outpatient setting
Shadowing Opportunities

Students can contact Adam Peltz for shadowing opportunities.
Research Opportunities

Contact either Dr. Rade Pejic, Dr. Kiernan Smith or Dr. Clarissa Hoff for information about current opportunities to get involved with research.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Specialty Interest Group

The Family & Community Medicine (FCMIG) Interest group is open to all Tulane Medical students considering a primary care path.


Courtney Lee

Who are the Specialty Academic/Career Advisors for this Specialty?

Dr. Eddie Dennard

Students may also seek out other faculty, if they choose. Additionally, you may contact Adam Peltz, Senior Program Coordinator, for more information.

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Clerkship in Family Medicine can be taken at any time, but the middle to end of the third year is optimal.

Specialty Statistics


Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020")





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Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

There are no special considerations when applying to this residency.

Important Advice

Doing an away rotation is a great opportunity to learn more about a residency program and for both parties to decide if they are a good fit.

Highlight why you are interested in family medicine and any extra-curricular activities which demonstrate your interest in primary care and community medicine when applying.

A great way to network and get to know more about a program’s “feel,” personnel, curricula and opportunities is to attend the annual conference of the AAFP.

Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched

AltaMed Health Services-CA SOUTH GATE CA 2020
Altru Health System-ND GRAND FORKS ND 2020
Aria Jefferson Health - PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2019
Brown Family Med-RI PAWTUCKET RI 2019
Cambridge Health Alliance-MA CAMBRIDGE MA 2020
Cambridge Health Alliance-MA Cambridge MA 2021
Camp Lejeune JACKSONVILLE NC 2017
Charles R Drew University-CA Los Angeles CA 2021
Cook County Health and Hosps Sys-IL CHICAGO IL 2018
Cook County Health and Hosps Sys-IL CHICAGO IL 2019
Cook County Health and Hosps Sys-IL CHICAGO IL 2020
Dignity Methodist Hosp-Sacramento-CA SACRAMENTO CA 2020
East Jefferson Gen Hosp-LA METAIRIE LA 2017
East Jefferson Gen Hosp-LA METAIRIE LA 2018
East Tennessee St Univ JOHNSON CITY TN 2020
Eastern VA Med School-VA NORFOLK VA 2017
Emanate Health-CA West Covina CA 2021
Emory Univ SOM-GA Atlanta GA 2021
Florida State University COM FORT MYERS FL 2019
Ft Wayne Med Ed Prog-IN FORT WAYNE IN 2018
Harrison Med Ctr-WA BREMERTON WA 2019
Hennepin Co Med Ctr-MN MINNEAPOLIS MN 2020
Idaho State University POCATELLO ID 2019
Inova Fairfax Hospital-VA Fairfax VA 2021
Jackson Memorial Hosp-FL MIAMI FL 2018
John Muir Health-CA WALNUT CREEK CA 2020
Kaiser Permanente-Orange Co-CA SANTA ANA CA 2020
Kaiser Permanente-San Diego-CA SAN DIEGO CA 2017
Kaiser Permanente-San Jose-CA San Jose CA 2021
Kaiser Permanente-Santa Rosa-CA SANTA ROSA CA 2020
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA KENNER LA 2019
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA KENNER LA 2020
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA Kenner LA 2021
MacNeal Hospital-IL BERWYN IL 2020
Methodist Hosp-Sacramento-CA SACRAMENTO CA 2017
Montana Family Medicine BILLINGS MT 2017
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY Bronx NY 2021
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton CAMP PENDLETON CA 2020
Offutt AFB OMAHA NE 2018
Ohio State University Med Ctr COLUMBUS OH 2020
Oregon Health & Science Univ KLAMATH FALLS OR 2017
PeaceHealth Southwest Med Ctr-WA VANCOUVER WA 2018
Providence Hospital-AK ANCHORAGE AK 2020
Rapides Reg Med Ctr-LA Alexandria LA 2021
Scripps Mercy Hosp-Chula Vista-CA CHULA VISTA CA 2019
Stanford Univ Progs-CA SAN JOSE CA 2020
Stanford Univ Progs-CA San Jose CA 2021
Sunrise Health GME Consortium-NV Las Vegas NV 2021
Sutter Med Ctr of Santa Rosa-CA SANTA ROSA CA 2017
Swedish Med Ctr-WA SEATTLE WA 2020
Tacoma Family Med-WA TACOMA WA 2019
Tower Health/Drexel Univ COM-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2020
U Nevada Reno SOM RENO NV 2020
U South Alabama Hospitals  MOBILE AL 2019
U South Florida Morsani COM-Tampa TAMPA FL 2019
U Tennessee COM-Memphis MEMPHIS TN 2018
U Tennessee COM-Memphis  MEMPHIS TN 2019
U Texas HSC-San Antonio SAN ANTONIO TX 2018
U Texas Med Branch-Galveston GALVESTON TX 2017
U Texas Med Sch-Houston HOUSTON TX 2020
U Wisconsin SOM and Public Health MADISON WI 2018
UAMS Regional Centers-AR BATESVILLE AR 2019
UC Davis Med Ctr-CA SACRAMENTO CA 2017
UC Davis Med Ctr-CA SACRAMENTO CA 2019
UC Irvine Med Ctr-CA ORANGE CA 2019
UC Irvine Med Ctr-CA Orange CA 2021
University of Montana MISSOULA MT 2018
University of Montana MISSOULA MT 2019
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2019
UT Ascension St Thomas-TN Murfreesboro TN 2021