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We are currently seeking a new full-time Physician to add to our staff and growing patient base.
Amherst Family Practice has been serving the community for more than 40 years. We combine a traditional family practice office with same day, by appointment, urgent care services to provide the perfect fit for today’s busy lifestyle. We treat our patients as we would a member of our family, with careful consideration and respect. We expect each candidate to have a similar determination and work ethic as described above.
Amherst Family Practice in Winchester, VA is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Within minutes you can be shopping and sight-seeing in downtown Washington D.C., hiking along the Appalachian Trail or fishing on the Shenandoah River.
Winchester also boasts a historic downtown walking mall rich in buildings and museums from the Civil War era and earlier.
- No inpatient care
- Regular scheduled time off
- Established Occ Med practice (Workers Comp., Employment Physicals)
- Located across the street from the Winchester Medical Center, a regional referral center
- Full specialty coverage in community
- On-site pharmacist-physician assistants
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Amherst Family Practice Clinical Research
Clinical Research Trials
What is it? A variety of studies that assess the safety and efficacy of investigational drugs or treatments. The studies answer scientific questions and find new and/or improved ways to treat specific conditions.
Types of Clinical Trials:
- Treatment – tests experimental treatments, new drug combinations, new surgery/radiation therapy.
- Prevention – find new/better ways to prevent a disease initially or from it returning, may include medications (including vitamins and minerals), vaccines, and/or lifestyle changes.
- Diagnostic – find better tests/procedures for diagnosis of a disease/condition.
- Screening – tests the best way to detect a disease/condition.
- Quality of Life – explores ways to improve comfort and quality of life for chronic Illnesses.
Phases of Clinical Trials:
- Phase I – healthy volunteers, a small group of people (20-80), tests experimental product for the first time to evaluate the safety, dose range, and side effects.
- Phase II – an experimental product is given to a larger group of people (100-300) with specific condition to determine the efficacy and further safety.
- Phase III – larger groups of people (1000-3000), to confirm effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to other current similar treatments and collect further information that allows experimental product to be used safely.
- Phase IV – post-marketing studies that give additional information (drug risks and benefits, optimal use).
- Informed Consent: study volunteer learns the key information about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate; ongoing process that gives study information to participants; both the doctor and nurse are involved in the process; an informed consent document is presented with the study details; participants voluntarily decide whether to sign the consent and participate in the study.
- Protocol: the study plan which all studies/trials are based on; it states who can participate, schedule of visits and tests, medication, length of study; it is carefully designed to safeguard the health of participants while also answering specific research questions.
- IRB: Institutional Review Board, a committee that approves, monitors and reviews clinical trials; the aim is to protect the rights and welfare of research participants.
- Adverse Events: side effects, any undesired effects of experimental products; must be evaluated for immediate and long-term side effects.
Amherst Family Practice Clinical Research
- the right to privacy
- the right to informed consent
- the right that your participation is truly voluntary
- the right to have exposure to risk minimized
- the right to assume that risk exposure is balanced by societal benefits expected to result from research and importance of the knowledge that is to be gained by the study
AFP Clinical Research (General)
Amherst Family Practice has been participating in Clinical Research Trials full time since June 2009 as a RxTrials Partner Site. Studies range from acute illnesses to chronic conditions, such as upper respiratory infections, influenza, shingles, diabetes, hypertension, and a variety of vaccines. All Amherst Family Practice providers participate in the trials. The research team is led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Patricia Houser, who has been involved in a variety of aspects of clinical research for over 20 years.
Theresa Seddon, RN: 540-667-3658
Clinical Trials at AFP
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