UTHCT Family Medicine Residency Program meets its match with seven top-ranked medical students

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

The Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has successfully filled its seven intern positions with highly qualified medical students, said Donna Mann, director of outreach and recruitment for the residency program.

“We are very fortunate to have ‘matched’ with such outstanding interns at a time when there is declining interest among medical students in the specialty of family medicine,” she said.

“Only 40 percent of the positions available nationwide in family medicine residency programs this year were filled with graduating seniors from U.S. medical schools,” Mann said.

During the match process, medical students interested in family medicine interview at selected residency programs, then send their preferences to the National Resident Matching Program, Mann said. The matching program ranks the family medicine programs in the order of each medical student’s interest. Each residency program also sends its list, which ranks students according to the program’s preferences, to matching program officials. The lists are then “matched up” and all participants notified of the results.

“Our success is a testament to the tremendous support of the Health Center and its educational mission. In addition, the cooperation of health care facilities and physicians in Tyler and surrounding areas enables us to attract these top-notch recruits to train in our excellent facilities and to care for the people of East Texas,” she said. UTHSCT received the match results last month.

The new interns and the medical schools they graduated from are: Melinda Campbell, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Zachary Drain, MD, Texas Tech University School of Medicine; Ross Hamic, MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine; Mark Hamilton, MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine; Elizabeth Pearch, DO, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; Edward Ngo, MD, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston; and William Sanders, MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

The new physicians will start their residency training on July 1. The Health Center’s family medicine program began in 1985. Since then, the program has graduated 104 family physicians, with more than half staying in East Texas.

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