Family Medicine


All JPS family medicine residents are required to complete a research project. They can be individual or group projects. In keeping with our personalized educational approach, you get to decide what you would like to research. Dr. Richard Young serves as your primary research mentor, though many other faculty are available to assist and collaborate on projects aligned with their research interests.

All residents are given protected time their intern year to work on their projects. For residents who don't have a strong interest in research, we will design a brief project that can be completed in less than a month. These could be literature reviews or small QI projects focused on either clinic- or hospital-based care. For residents who have greater research ambitions, starting a project as an intern allows them to carry out their research over 3 to 4 years. Besides the family medicine faculty, the JPS Research Department has statisticians and IT personnel who can assist with many aspects of data collection and analysis.

The more ambitious projects become presentations for everything from JPS research day to regional and international family medicine meetings such as the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the North American Primary Care Research Group. Our department's research interests are as varied as the interests of our faculty and residents. Lately, we have published in the areas of health policy, healthcare costs, quality improvement in primary care, aspects of primary care processes and outcomes, burnout, chronic low back pain, street medicine, colon cancer screening, maternity care, and residency education. The links below are to some of our publications the last 3 years.

The complexity of family medicine and quality improvement

The nature of family medicine

Outcomes of the JPS P4 program

Healthcare of the homeless

Resident wellness

Family medicine and maternity care

Healthcare system costs and outcomes

Colorectal cancer screening

Chronic low back pain

Erectile dysfunction


Dermatology case report