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    bullet point  Our Commitment to Community Medicine
     
     

    Our Family Medicine residents and faculty are committed to providing the best possible care to the community and using community resources to benefit our patients. We are fortunate to be situated in a community with multifaceted needs and resources. This allows us to interface with the community, thereby providing a rich learning opportunity. We are proud that our residents are active physicians in the Mon Valley Community. Many residents have initiated special interest projects such as: HIV Education for African American men; Self-Empowerment for Women who have experienced domestic violence; Prevention of Diabetes Education of primary school age children. The following are highlights of our partnerships with the community.
     
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    bullet point  Schools & Sports Physicals
     
     
    Residents gain experience with school and sports physicals with students from grade school to college levels. Residents perform on-site state mandated school physicals for first and sixth graders. Seasonal sports physicals, under the supervision of a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, are performed by the residents at McKeesport Area High School and Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Greater Allegheny Campus.

    Additional Sports Medicine experiences and event coverage are available under the supervision of a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician for:
    • High School Sports - The Pittsburgh City Schools High School Football

    • High School Sports - McKeesport Area High School

    • University Sports - Penn State- Greater Allegheny Campus

    • Professional Sports - NWA East/PWX Professional Wrestling

    • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Pittsburgh

    • The Pittsburgh Marathon
     
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    Throughout the year, residents participate in health fairs held at malls, community street fairs, churches, agencies, and schools by providing patient education, prostate exams, breast exams, and dermatological exams. Free flu vaccinations are administered at the health center. Residents and Faculty participate In the Healthy for Life Braddock Summer Camp sponsored by UPMC. The Residency is also involved in the State Health Improvement Plan ( SHIP) and the McKeesport Collaborative and are part of several of the working groups. Currently, our program participates in the Perinatal Depression, Youth, Chronic Disease , Health and HIV committees. Residents, faculty and Health Center staff participate in the HIV/Aids Awareness Walk each year.
     
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    bullet point  The 9th Street Clinic
     
     
    The 9th Street Clinic is a free clinic for the uninsured established in 2007 in McKeesport. It was established by our residency program leadership and faculty and continues to be administered through our residency office. Residents are offered a longitudinal elective to work in The 9th St. Clinic usually one half day a month, or more if desired, over the course of a whole year. This clinic gives exposure to the problems of the uninsured and underserved and the inadequacies of the current welfare system. Problems are often seen at later stages than usual and residents get an idea of how to provide good care in a low resource setting.
     
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    bullet point  The Family Medicine Community Advisory Board
     
     
    This group is comprised of community leaders, agency representatives, members of the religious community, hospital leaders, physicians, and patient representatives. The members meet quarterly at the Latterman Family Health Center to address the current medical issues in the community.
     
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    bullet point  Domestic Violence -- Medical Advocacy
     
     
    Residents and medical students visit our local shelter, Womansplace, where they address the women?s medical problems and initiate appropriate treatment and interventions. Residents learn about the impact of domestic violence on women, children and families by listening to the clients? own stories and working with the counselors.
     
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    bullet point  Community Geriatrics
     
     
    As part of the curriculum requirement, residents do home visits and take care of patients in Personal Care Homes and the local Nursing Home, Riverside Care Center. We do more than just provide medical care however. These photos show the residents visiting their patients around the holidays.
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