In 2013, the St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program was able to develop a rural track, which allowed for the re-opening of training to occur in Blackstone! The Blackstone Family Practice clinic is located about one hour from the St. Francis Medical Center and is situated in Blackstone, Virginia, a rural town of 3,400. The town provides care to a heavily underserved population.
The Blackstone program recruits two residents each year and places particular importance on residents who are interested in working in rural and underserved areas. The program includes a focus on outpatient procedures that would be beneficial to physicians working in underserved areas. Residents complete their inpatient training and most elective rotations at the main St. Francis site and their outpatient training at the Blackstone clinic.