Three graduates of Occupational Medicine Residency Program at UT Health Center recognized

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Three graduates from the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler were recognized during a biannual ceremony held Friday, May 19, at the Ornelas Center, 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler.

Graduates were James Culp, MD, MPH, who completed his residency in June 2005; and Robert Vu, MD, MS, and David Zoret, MD, MS, who will complete their residencies at the end of June, said Jeffrey Levin, MD, MSPH, chairman of UTHSCT’s Department of Occupational Health Sciences. Dr. Zoret was named chief resident for 2006.

The occupational medicine graduates chose Charles F. “Tim” Brady, DO, MPH, as 2006 Preceptor of the Year and Paul R. Rountree, MD, as 2006 Teacher of the Year. They also selected Dr. Rountree as 2005 Preceptor of the Year and Dr. Levin as 2005 Teacher of the Year.

The Arthur Frank Keynote speaker at the May 19 graduation was Stephen Levin, MD, an associate professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He has been involved in a long-term study of the health of those who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center.

Dr. Culp has accepted a position as medical director for American Airlines in Tulsa, Okla. Drs. Vu and Zoret are currently interviewing for positions.

The Occupational Medicine Residency Program accepted its first resident in 1996. The two-year program is one of four in Texas. Eighteen physicians have graduated from the program with 60 percent of them remaining in Texas.

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