Medical Education


Laurie Hommema, MD
Program Director  

The Family Medicine Residency Program at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital prepares residents to become competent, compassionate physician leaders in family medicine by combining a strong academic focus — including new technologies and innovative teaching techniques — with exceptional clinical experience.


Family Medicine is a dynamic program, developing the skills residents will need to practice family medicine in the future. The program’s faculty members have expertise in adolescent medicine, addiction medicine, faculty development, health coaching, and quality improvement. At the Riverside Family Practice Center, residents use patient care data to improve clinical outcomes and support their scholarly activities. Residents are required to complete a quality improvement project, formally present a scholarly project, and are encouraged to present their projects at regional and national meetings.


All Family Medicine residents participate in a newly revised and updated didactic curriculum. This includes standard lecture-style didactics, 18-month innovative teaching and education curriculum that utilizes Riverside Methodist’s Center for Medical Education & Innovation™, and many interactive learning sessions. New additions include a Billing and Coding Curriculum, Evidence-Based Medicine Skills and a Wellness Curriculum. The simulation curriculum includes procedures, simulations of complex medical cases and preparation for difficult patient interactions.  Learning and utilizing the E4 model of patient-physician communication allows residents to enhance their communication skills through direct observation and feedback.


Training at an NCQA-certified Patient-Centered Medical Home, Family Medicine residents at Riverside Methodist are learning a team-based approach to care.  Not only are they huddling before they see patients in the morning and afternoon, they are participating in monthly business meeting, attending office standardization committees, and truly improving the way they provide care each and every day. Most importantly they are learning to be physician leaders, and are exceptionally well prepared for future practice.


Laurie Hommema, MD, Program Director