Five physicians to graduate from UTHCT’s Family Medicine Residency Program; seven new interns join program

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Five physicians will graduate Friday, June 17, from the Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, said Donna Mann, administrative services manager for the Department of Family Medicine. In addition, seven new interns are beginning the three-year residency program.

The graduates are: Robert Evans, DO; Jill Holland, MD; Jason Paltjon, MD; Chris Short, MD; and Brett Young, MD. They will be honored Friday evening with a graduation banquet at the Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler.

Three graduates are going into private practice: Dr. Evans in Mesa, Ariz.; Dr. Holland in Longview; and Dr. Short in Frisco. Dr. Paltjon and Dr. Young have accepted positions with Scott & White in Waco.

The seven incoming interns to the residency program and the medical schools they graduated from are: Kristin Ault, DO, University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Osteopathic Medicine; Heather Bass, MD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas; Corbett Boone, MD, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Andrea Herrera, MD, University of Kansas School of Medicine; James Knox, MD, Temple University School of Medicine; Justin McInnis, MD, The University of Texas Medical School at Galveston; and McDavid Mahaffey, MD, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

In late March, UTHSCT’s Department of Family Medicine was notified that its seven intern positions had been filled in the “Match,” said Mann, who is also director of resident recruitment for the Health Center.

“With the intern class of 2005, the residency program continues a long tradition of attracting top applicants who have chosen the Health Center to complete their required residency training,” she said. “We are so pleased to be able to continue the educational mission of the Health Center to supply the people of East Texas with highly trained family medicine physicians.”

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 the 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.

The Health Center’s family medicine program began in 1985. As of Friday, the program will have graduated 104 family physicians. More than half of these have stayed in East Texas.

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