Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s award-winning Family Medicine Residency Program, now in its 47th year of continuous accreditation, graduated 25 physicians (13 interns and 12 residents) at a ceremony June 29 at the Officers’ Club aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The graduation also served as a kick-off to the program’s new academic year, which begins

July 1 with 44 residents and interns.

All program participants are physicians who have completed medical school. By the end of the first year, each has completed training rotations in primary care and inpatient care, emergency medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, urology, and dermatology.

To become board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), physicians must be licensed and successfully complete three years of residency training in a program (like NH Jacksonville’s) that’s accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Additionally, physicians must meet all board requirements and pass the ABFM board certification exam.

“This graduation celebrates excellence in patient care, scholarly research, and leadership,” said Cmdr. Kristian Sanchack, NH Jacksonville’s medical residency program director. “Our family medicine physicians provide a full spectrum of care to active duty, retirees, and families.”

Upon completion of the first year of study, some residents choose to go directly into the fleet to serve as general medical officers, flight surgeons, or undersea medical officers. Those who stay continue for two additional years of training in key areas of family medicine such as obstetrics, pediatrics, internal medicine, sports medicine, neurology, mental health, trauma, and intensive care. After completing residency and passing the national ABFM exam, the residents become board certified family medicine physicians, assigned as staff ─ providing care to active duty, retirees, and families across the globe.

NH Jacksonville’s Family Medicine Residency Program earned the top award for scholarly activity in 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2014 from the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, and 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award and 2011 Family Medicine Clinical Site of the Year Award from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Graduating physicians have also earned a 100 percent board certification pass rate for the past five years.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s priority, since its founding in 1941, is to heal the nation’s heroes and their families. The command is the Navy’s third largest medical treatment facility, comprised of a hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient population (163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen, and their families), about 84,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more or download the command’s mobile app, visit