Great Plains Health partners with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to offer the Rural Training Track Family Practice Residency program. The program is based on the concept that residents tend to practice within 100 miles of their training site. The program provides residents with clinical hands-on experiences that may not be offered in larger medical centers and prepares them for practicing medicine in rural areas.
The first year
The first year of your program is spent in Omaha, a metropolitan area of 600,000. Omaha combines the business, cultural and recreational attractions of a big city with the friendliness of a small town. It also features a high quality of life with a cost of living far below the national average. You will train at three ambulatory clinics located throughout the Omaha area and spend time at area hospitals like the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, and Ehrling Bergquist Hospital at Offutt Air Force Base.
The second and third years
Your second and third years of the program will be based in North Platte, Nebraska. Residents are involved in the care of patients who are rooted deep in the traditions of middle America. You will participate in weekly family practice Grand Rounds and other didactic teaching sessions through distance learning technology and interactive video. You will also have an opportunity to return to the University of Nebraska Medical Center several times a year for departmental workshops.
Your rotations at Great Plains Health will include obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, family practice, neurology, pediatrics, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, urology, cardiology, behavioral medicine, occupational medicine, pulmonology critical care, four months of elective time and two months of rural practice. Hands-on learning includes an on-call schedule every fourth night.