One of the many components of Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune is the robust Camp Lejeune Family Medicine Residency (CLFMR) program, which was recognized last month at the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians Research (USAFP) Competition in St. Louis, Missouri.

The CLFMR was presented the Rising Star Achievement in Scholarly Achievement for the steadiest increase in the amount of research submissions for the conference, CLFMR Program Director Cmdr. Elizabeth Leonard said.

This award marks the second year in a row the program has been recognized at the annual meeting.

“[This award] shows that we are building a residency that not only locally manages patient care, but looks at patient care and contributes at a national level as well,” Leonard said. “It shows that we have wonderful command support to be able to do this, motivated residents and hard-working faculty. It highlights the need for the residency to stay in this region, because of its applicability to local health care as well as its relevance and contribution nationally.”

The USAFP is specific to military family medicine physicians and has more than 3,000 members serving across the United States and abroad.

Each year, the USAFP research competition is hosted to encourage family medicine physicians and residents to submit presentations. This year there were 126 submissions from various branches of the military.

Residents from CLFMR are encouraged to submit a variety of projects from case presentations, process and quality improvement projects, and other scholarly activities, explained Leonard. CLFMR submitted 12 projects, nine of which were from residents.

Seven residents were selected to present at the meeting, plus three faculty physicians. These numbers directly contributed to the most recent award the program received, Leonard said.

“It is due to our hard-working residents and faculty that we have been able to achieve this,” Leonard said. “We do this because we love our patients, and we want to improve health care as a whole and as a system in addition to taking care of our individual patients. Our residents and faculty are enthusiastic and tenacious, and this award recognizes that we put in hours and hours for the betterment of patients. We have been doing this all along, but it is great to get some recognition.”

Currently, CLFMR has 32 residents. Since its creation in 2003 at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, 96 family physicians and six family medicine obstetrics fellows have graduated the CLFMR program, accomplishing a 100 percent pass rate for the last seven.

“We train 25 percent of the Navy’s family physicians,” Leonard said. “Family physicians are vital to operational stability as well as to maintaining the beneficiary mission. We live in an area where

tertiary care centers, other than NMCCL, are 60 to 90 minutes away. It is important that we provide excellent primary care for our Marines and their families.”