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Published on November 01, 2016

The new look of family medicine

family medicine residency

Family Medicine patients get excellent care while resident doctors gain real-world experience under the supervision of an attending physician.

Gundersen Health System's new Family Medicine Residency Clinic is open and ready to serve patients of all ages. You and your family can receive excellent comprehensive primary care from enthusiastic, highly motivated resident doctors, while they gain practical, hands-on experience.

Earlier this year, Gundersen opened the new Family Medicine Residency Clinic on Level 2 of the Founders Building in La Crosse. The Clinic delivers patient-centered care in a robust learning and teaching environment as part of Gundersen Medical Foundation's new Family Medicine Residency program.

This is a three-year, post-graduate program for doctors who are interested in practicing in family medicine.

Paul Klas, MD, Gundersen Family Medicine

According to Paul Klas, MD, medical director, the Family Medicine Residency Clinic offers patients a great experience.

  • Caring for patients of any age needing primary care services, including:
    • Annual checkups and preventive care
    • Gynecology and contraceptive services
    • Family-centered pregnancy care with your physician making every effort to follow you through delivery
    • Care for your baby from birth, including well baby and pediatric visits and immunizations
    • School and sports physicals
    • Care for chronic health conditions
    • Care when you are ill or injured
  • The Clinic is in a newly renovated space with the latest high-tech equipment.
  • Patients have good access, often with same-day appointments available.
  • Pharmacy and behavioral health services are available right in the clinic.
  • Care is delivered by resident doctors in partnership with attending physicians, so you have two medical professionals overseeing your care.
  • Parking is generally available right outside the Founders Building or your can use free valet parking.

In July, the Residency Clinic welcomed its first doctors who began their three-year residency. The training and real world experience they gain through the residency program and clinic will lead to independent practice and board certification in family medicine.

"All of our family medicine residents were exceptional medical students and have ties to Wisconsin," Dr. Klas is proud to report. "All of them have expressed interest in being doctors in rural community practices where, in recent years, there has been a shortage of doctors. In addition, our resident doctors either grew up on dairy farms or in small towns, so they understand the people and healthcare needs of the communities they will serve."

The Family Medicine Residency Program and Clinic are part of Gundersen's continuing efforts to address the need for more primary care physicians, especially in rural clinics and hospitals throughout the Tri-state Region.

If you don't have a primary care provider and would like to schedule an appointment to be seen in the Family Medicine Residency Clinic, please call (608) 775-0375.