Welcome from our Program Director
I truly believe there is no better place to start your primary care medical career than with the LewisGale Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.
The LewisGale Hospital Montgomery’s Family Medicine Residency Program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.
This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty is committed to ensuring the residents’ clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values and ideals.
The LGHM Family Medicine Residency Program is associated with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) where residents have the opportunity to rotate in Sports Medicine and ONMM3. Upper level residents are given the opportunity to mentor/teach VCOM’s 3rd and 4th year medical students. The program also auditions medical students from around the country who would be interested in filling one of the six available slots annually.
LewisGale Physicians Family Medicine, the continuity of care clinic, is located next to the hospital. Residents provide care to diverse patients and schedules are adjusted to provide more continuity of care as time progresses.
The specialty of family medicine consists of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the child, adolescent, and adult patient. The major goal of the osteopathic family medicine program is to achieve mastery of the following core competencies:
- Osteopathic Philosophy and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
- Medical Knowledge
- Patient Care
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Practice - Based Learning and Improvement
- Systems - Based Practice
The expected outcomes are:
- To produce outstanding clinicians in the field of family medicine.
- To produce clinicians who are grounded in evidence-based medicine.
- To produce clinicians who are compassionate and embody what it means to be an osteopathic family physician.
- To view the patient in their entirety, including mind, body and spirit.
- To produce clinicians who are proficient in all seven AOA Core Competencies.
- To have a program that is compliant with all AOA program standards.
- To create an environment that fosters research opportunities as well as other scholarly pursuits.
- To train family medicine physicians and prepare individuals for career goals in office-based medicine or fellowship training.
The residents participate in and present their research/quality improvement projects, at National or State conferences and are active during Research Days at different residency programs throughout the year. Dr. Brady DeHart is a full-time non-physician faculty member who assists with research projects at all stages of development. Interns are encouraged to have a concept for research by January 1 of their PGY1 year. This will allow them time to develop an outstanding project over the next couple of years. All residents are required to do a research/quality improvement project done in their senior year in order to graduate.
We place a high priority on our commitments to quality measures and patient safety. We are proud of our training program, and we encourage excellence in clinical training and the growth and development of each physician-in-training.
Get to Know the Team
David Blair Mahoney, MD, MBE Program Director
Curriculum & Rotation Schedule
Our expertly crafted programs are designed to provide resident physicians with all the experiences and training necessary for professional success.
- The FM residents conduct a Board Review twice a week before the LGHM clinic opens. This is open to everyone. It is suggested that PGY1s attend.
- Didactics are held every Friday in the GME classrooms on the third floor. Attendance is mandatory unless the resident is on an away rotation or is working night shift.
- Journal Club is held once a month during Didactics.
- Patient report is held daily. All residents on inpatient medicine are required to attend.
- OMM lectures are held once a month during Didactics.
- Monthly House Staff meeting is held on the last Tuesday of the month.
- The resident council meets the third Tuesday of every month
- PGY 3 residents while on Practice Management rotation, will attend all hospital committee meetings which include but are not limited to Ethics, Credentialing, Quality Improvement, P&T, and ED/Hospitalists as schedule permits. They will also spend quality time with the hospital CEO, COO, CNO, and CFO.
There is an abundance of affordable housing available. It depends on if you want to rent an apartment, a condo, or a house. Christiansburg has Oak Tree Manor which is a very nice, family-oriented, quiet area with condos. I would be careful when considering an apartment complex in Blacksburg since most of the Virginia Tech student population lives in apartments and the atmosphere can be rather noisy.
If it is land and a house you are after, Pembroke is 20 minutes from the hospital and very quiet. Also, be aware that Giles County taxes are higher than Montgomery County and Christiansburg is less expensive than Blacksburg.
We accept both MD and DO residents. Osteopathic principles are taught to those who have an interest in Osteopathic Medicine.
We cannot accept residents who have been out of medical school for more than two years.
The Program Director, Associate Program Director and other faculty review all the applications to our program and evaluate the applicant's overall skills and professional achievements; a decision to invite a candidate for an interview is based on several factors, not only Comlex and USMLE scores.
We have two major universities within 20 miles of the hospital. Blacksburg in particular is the home of Virginia Tech. Let's go HOKIES! There are a number of decent restaurants in the immediate area as well as bars with pub food where you can play pool and darts. You can even join a league.
However, the main attraction is all of the gorgeous outdoor activities that are available. The New River is the second oldest river in the world. Enjoy a warm summer day rafting or laying back in an intertube as you drift over the rapids.
The New River is also known for excellent fishing. There are outdoor outfitters who can supply all of your needs for a day on the river. There are hiking trails everywhere. The Jefferson National Forest where you will find Pandapas Pond is an excellent place to take the family for a picnic, hiking, fishing, biking, etc. and located ten minutes from the hospital.
In Pembroke, you will find The Cascades which is a beautiful hike (bring the whole family) at the top of which is a crystal clear pond with a spectacular waterfall. You will want to take a picnic with you to enjoy once you reach the top! Occasionally when we have a particularly cold winter, the falls freeze presenting a breathtaking vista. These are only a few of the activities around here.