UTHCT doctor to serve as Texas Legislature's 'Family Physician of the Day' on Monday, March 5

Monday, March 5, 2007

Jonathan MacClements, MD, an associate professor of family medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, has volunteered to serve as the Family Physician of the Day for the Texas Legislature on Monday, March 5.

Dr. MacClements is the director of medical education at UTHSCT. He is president of the Smith County Medical Society and volunteers as a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Medical Rangers. Dr. MacClements also serves as the Smith County Health Authority, the chief public health official in the county.

Family physicians participating in the Physician of the Day program volunteer their time to staff the Capitol Health Services Clinic. Dr. MacClements is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), the state’s largest specialty organization, which coordinates and directs the Physician of the Day program.

A TAFP member is scheduled to serve in the clinic each day of the 80th Legislature. More than 2,500 family physicians have participated in the program since it began in 1971.

On Monday, Dr. MacClements will be available to treat emergencies in the Capitol or on the Capitol grounds. His primary concern will be the care and well being of the legislators and their staffs, because many of them reside in Austin only during the legislative session and do not have primary care physicians in the capital.

Tyler-area legislators State Sen. Kevin Eltife and State Rep. Tommy Merritt will introduce Dr. MacClements to House and Senate legislators. Dr. MacClements’ service also will be part of the official legislative record.

Dr. MacClements joined the Health Center in 2000 and was named director of UTHSCT’s Family Medicine Residency Program in January 2003.

He received his medical degree in 1989 from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. MacClements completed his family practice residency at UTHSCT and was chief resident in 1995-96.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine and adolescent medicine and has an added qualification in tropical medicine and travelers’ health. He also has completed a faculty development fellowship and a program director’s fellowship.

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