Two physicians join UTHCT's Occupational Medicine Residency Program

Monday, November 20, 2006

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has accepted two physicians into its Occupational Medicine Residency Program. They are Nicholas Bingham, MD, and Lester Tarbutton, MD, MPH.

Dr. Bingham is working on a master’s degree in environmental science. He has a medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bingham also has a master’s of business administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

Dr. Tarbutton received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He also has a master’s of public health from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Both Dr. Bingham and Dr. Tarbutton have completed a year of clinical training after medical school that included direct patient care. Dr. Bingham will spend a second post-graduate year largely in the classroom, working on a master’s degree equivalent to a public health program. Dr. Tarbutton, who already has such a degree, will spend a third post-graduate year in supervised settings receiving practical hands-on and day-to-day experience in the field of occupational medicine.

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

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