Saratoga Hospital and Hudson Headwaters, in collaboration with Albany Medical Center, have developed the Saratoga Family Medicine Residency Program, an innovative residency designed for “physicians of the future.”
Dr. Ephraim Back, MPH, FAAFP, chief of clinical initiatives at Hudson Headwaters, is the founding program director. Dr. Colleen Quinn, Hudson Headwaters’ chief of medical education and wellness, serves as the residency’s associate director, and Kristin L. Mack, D.O., M.S., leads the program’s rural health rotation that takes place at Ticonderoga Health Center.
Saratoga Hospital’s lead faculty include Dr. Renee Rodriguez-Goodmote, FAAFP, director of the Saratoga Community Health Center and chair of the Saratoga Hospital Department of Ambulatory Medicine, overseeing the community medicine curriculum, and Dr. Timothy Reed, who will be directing the inpatient medicine training.
The three-year curriculum is created on the pillars of being community-focused, teaching innovative medicine and practicing integrated care. Officials said the education maximizes broad-spectrum clinical competence in both hospital and ambulatory medicine, with a special emphasis on training in behavioral health, addiction treatment, population health, rural health and state-of-the-art technology.
Hudson Headwaters’ upcoming Glens Falls Family Health will serve as a continuity site for two of six residents in each class. Designed with special attention to integrated team care, the health center will offer family medicine residents collaborative learning opportunities with the Advanced Practice Clinician fellowship, an advanced training program for recently graduated FNPs and PAs.
The Saratoga program is the second family medicine residency program collaborating with Hudson Headwaters, with the first being the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) Family Residency at Champlain Family Health. The inaugural class of the Saratoga Family Medicine Residency Program starts July 2023.