Faculty Members Providing Medical Care to Residents Policy
Although residents may well come to trust faculty members and respect the kind of care they provide, there are too many pitfalls in establishing a primary doctor/patient relationship. Even if the faculty member in question is not directly supervising the resident at that time, there may well be a time when the faculty member who is providing care to the resident is also in a supervisory or evaluative relationship with that resident. Also, it may well occur that, if the faculty member providing care is absent, that the supervising physician for the resident is on call and may be required to provide medical care to the resident they are supervising. This does not provide the resident either with optimal medical care or with an optimal educational experience.
- Faculty Members in principle should not provide ongoing primary care to residents or their families in the Family Medicine program.
- Faculty members may, from time to time as a courtesy, provide episodic medical care but should request that the resident and his/her family establish an on-going relationship with another family doctor if they have not already done so.
- Faculty members at no time should enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship with a resident or an immediate member of a resident’s family in the Family Medicine program.
- Early in their residency, residents and their families should be encourage to establish a relationship with a family doctor of their own outside the program.
- Episodic care of residents and their families should be charted. These charts should be filed with other patients charts.