University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency, Casper

FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY, CASPER
Casper, Wyoming

Established in 1975, the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency, Casper is a dually ACGME and AOA accredited, university-affiliated and community-based residency program. At this 8-8-8 program, the faculty and staff are dedicated to our mission of training rural family physicians of the highest quality.

The Curriculum
During the three years here, our residents gain the skills necessary to practice rural family medicine. This includes office-based procedures such as endoscopy, colposcopy with LEEP and cryosurgery, NST and obstetrical ultrasound, vasectomy, and exercise treadmill testing. Exceptional hospital training occurs mainly at Wyoming Medical Center, but is complimented with rotations at University of Utah affiliated hospitals in Salt Lake City for pediatrics, as well as high risk obstetrics with Deaconess and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Through the University of Wyoming, the program is also affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine via the WWAMI Program.

Our residents receive training and certification in ACLS, ATLS, ALSO, NRP, and PALS courses. They are welcomed into the offices of many of the local private community physicians to complete their outpatient specialty experiences. While rotating with several of the WMC sub-specialists, they have the opportunity to travel to outlying communities for specialty clinics.

The Clinic
In October of 2000, the UWFMRP became affiliated with the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming (CHCCW). This collaboration has enriched the program with solid financial support, addition of faculty positions, clinic remodeling and expansion, and extension of services for our underserved patient population. The CHCCW clinic serves as the outpatient clinical site of the residency program, and its underserved patient population provides a wealth of educational experience and opportunity to our residents. Finally, the residents receive their salaries and benefits from the CHCCW.

Our newly remodeled clinic has thirty exam rooms with four procedure rooms and on-site pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray services, and medical library. The CHCCW has added several multidisciplinary services such as a faculty psychologist, social worker, nurse case manager, patient advocate, and patient educator. The CHCCW has a dental clinic with a full-time dentist and dental hygienists, as well as a multidisciplinary Geriatric Assessment Team. Also via CHCCW affiliations, the residents are exposed to the Wyoming AIDS Education and Training Center and the Child Advocacy Project of Natrona County.

The Hospital
The residents receive extensive hospital experience at Wyoming Medical Center, our affiliated teaching hospital, which is located only three blocks away from the residency program. Routine and high risk deliveries as well as operative obstetrics such as vacuum/forceps delivery and C-sections define the obstetrical experience. As a Level II trauma center with Life Flight service to most of Wyoming, the residents have great, hands-on experiences in the emergency room that prepare them to work in the emergency rooms of the frontier west. Finally, one of our greatest assets is our unopposed access to nearly 40 sub-specialists who are greatly involved with our program.

Recreation
Our residents often spend their time off enjoying the Great Wyoming Outdoors. Fly fishing, backpacking, camping, hiking, hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and rock climbing opportunities are endless and close by. Each year, interns are welcomed into the program with an annual camping trip to the beautiful Big Horn Mountains. Residents are also active in local softball, volleyball and basketball recreational leagues.

Our Graduates
We have been very successful in our goal of training rural family physicians! Nearly 70% of our graduates are practicing in small towns throughout the Rocky Mountain West, many of them in the state of Wyoming.

For further information about the program and community, contact:

University of Wyoming
Family Medicine Residency, Casper

1522 East "A Street
Casper, WY 82601
Phone (307) 233-6000
e-mail: uwfp@uwyo.edu
web: http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/UWFPRP/