Letter from the Director

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Letter from the Director

Welcome to our website and thank you for considering our program.  As a graduate of this program myself, I felt well-prepared to enter the world of primary care as a community physician who followed patients of all ages in the outpatient and inpatient settings.  Out of a desire to contribute further to the growth and development of future family physicians, I returned to our program to teach. This program is special to me because the residents, faculty, nurses, and staff are supportive of one another and have truly become my family.  I know that if you have an opportunity to visit with us, you will feel welcomed and accepted as well.  Let me share a few additional details about our training experience.

Lynchburg and central Virginia sit just east of the Blue Ridge Mountain range and offer a host of outdoor activities including running, hiking, camping, fishing, biking, boating, kayaking, and canoeing.  The city of Lynchburg is rich in history and offers a variety of restaurants and cultural events throughout the year.  Newcomers to the area can sample the culture of Lynchburg at “First Fridays” which is a monthly festival-like event in downtown Lynchburg featuring local restaurants, musicians, and artists.  

Centra’s Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency (LFMR) program has a 42- year history of fulfilling our mission of “Educating Family Physicians through Excellent Patient Care” by providing full-scope family medicine services to our community.  Since its founding, LFMR has produced over 170 board-certified family physicians, of which over 68 percent have stayed in Virginia, and over 40 percent in the Lynchburg area.   

Our sponsoring institution, Centra, Inc., provides care to a primary and secondary service area with a population of 258,352 people in central Virginia.  LFMR residents gain much of their hospital-based training experience at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital which has 368 licensed beds and is home to the second busiest emergency department in the state.

Our clinic has been the center of practice transformation for our area; providing an excellent training environment for our residents.  In 2014, we were the first NCQA-recognized, Level 3, Patient Centered Medical Home in our area.  We are proud to highlight that this year we became the first clinic in Lynchburg to develop a multidisciplinary care management team that coordinates the skills of our new practice-employed social worker with our nurse care navigator, our behavioral health faculty, and various representatives from community resource programs.  This team works with our residents and faculty to increase provider awareness of Lynchburg’s unique social determinants of health and improve our identification of patients with barriers to care.  The care management team works with the patient and primary care provider to develop a comprehensive care plan that is tailored to each patient’s needs and goals.        

The faculty are highly invested in providing a supportive, learning environment that keeps pace with learner needs; and bring a broad range of experiences and backgrounds to the program.  This mix of expertise coupled with our high faculty-to-resident ratio provides the optimal setting for resident learning.

As you learn more about our program and central Virginia, I hope that you can see the benefits of training in our supportive atmosphere and living in our beautiful community.

Best wishes,
Lori Nelson-Madison, MD
Program Director