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

Monday, March 31, 2008

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, program manager for residency recruitment and training.

“We are very fortunate to have ‘matched’ with such outstanding interns. Only 44 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.

“The fact that we attracted these interns speaks to the excellence of our Family Medicine Residency Program. Our success is a testament to the tremendous support of UTHSCT 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 superb facilities and to care for the people of East Texas,” she 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.

The new interns and the medical schools they graduated from are: Jared Dixon, MD, University of Arkansas College of Medicine; Jason Gipson, MD, Texas Tech University School of Medicine; Jennifer Lee, MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine; Andrea Melton Ellis, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; Wes Pemberton, MD, UT Southwestern; Joel Richards, DO, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Jessica Varnam, MD, Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

The new physicians will start their residency training on July 1. The Health Science Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program began in 1985.

It is a three-year program and has graduated 118 family physicians. More than half of these have stayed in East Texas.

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