A Young Doctor's Life in Residency

A Young Doctor's Life in Residency
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Life in Residency

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Dr. Lindy Valichnac is a second-year resident at the Shenandoah Valley Family Practice Residency Program in Front Royal, Va. Follow the University of Arizona Wildcat (undergraduate and medical school) as she makes her rounds and shares her life as a young doctor at the rural Warren Memorial Hospital.

The residency program, led by director Dr. Frank Dennehy, is a rural-oriented program in the Shenandoah Valley of northwestern Virginia, about 70 miles west of Washington, D.C. and affiliated with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. The 3-year residency is fully accredited by both the ACGME and the American Osteopathic Association, allowing full board certification eligibility for M.D. and D.O. physicians. There are five residents in each class. 

Training occurs at two complementary sites: a small town practice in Front Royal, along with specialists, high technology and cultural amenities in the nearby larger city of Winchester, Va. Specialty rotations take place at Winchester Medical Center, a 445-bed, four-state referral medical center, Level II Trauma Center, Heart Institute, Cancer Center, Neonatal ICU, and much more. These specialty faculty physicians are from the best residencies and fellowships in the country. The smaller, 76-bed Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal is a Family Practice-dominated hospital, with an attached 120-bed nursing home where residents can later apply their high-tech medical center training in managing the breadth of the patients in Family Medicine: office care, nursing home, ER, hospital floor, ICU, OB, Nursery, and Operating Room, without subspecialists' immediate backup. 

Under Dr. Dennehy, Shenandoah Valley Family Practice residents learn to manage patients - not just to triage and refer to others.