Bridget Foy, DO
Osteopathic Residency Program Director; Osteopathic Director of Medical Education
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury NY – DO
NYCOM/Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency Program – Kingston, NY – Residency
Bridget Foy, DO, began her time with the Institute for Family Health as a medical student and continued on as a resident. After working in private practice, she returned to academic medicine with the Institute. She holds faculty status with New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and is clinical director for the BS/DO seven-year program at SUNY New Paltz. She practices and teaches osteopathic manipulation, and she also sees patients at the Family Health Center of New Paltz.
What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
Helping to develop our residents into independent, high-quality family doctors that serve our community and communities elsewhere.
How is family medicine different from other specialties?
Your family doctor is really interested in everything. This is why I think it is appealing to the osteopathic philosophy, in which we look at the mind, body and spirit all together. We look at the patient as a whole and consider all of the environmental factors that affect a patient’s health and how we can maintain that health. I think maintaining health and promoting prevention, as opposed to just treating disease, is how family medicine is set apart.
What makes the Institute’s dually accredited allopathic and osteopathic program unique?
At the Institute, our allopathic and osteopathic providers are very open to each other, which starts at the faculty level and trickles down to our residents. Our MD residents are very interested in what our DO residents are doing. I can see that this benefits the allopathic residents, who learn the osteopathic side of medicine, and it benefits the DO residents. There is a collegium there that is really great.
Who do you think is best suited for the residency program?
People who are interested in working as a team, helping each other, and being a part of the collaborative dynamic that we have here. We are looking for people who are interested in taking care of patients and serving the community as family physicians.