UTHSCT’s Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine residents honored at graduation ceremony

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently celebrated the graduation of seven residents, while the Occupational Medicine Residency Program graduated one resident and recognized two 2007 graduates at the formal commencement ceremony.

All were honored with a banquet June 20 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.

David Lakey, MD, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services and former UTHSCT infectious disease specialist, gave the Arthur Frank Keynote Lecture at the banquet.

The seven Family Medicine Residency Program graduates are: Kristin Ault, DO; Heather Bass, MD; Corbett Boone, MD; Andrea Herrera, MD; Jim Knox, MD; McDavid Mahaffey, MD; and Justin McInnis, MD, said Donna Mann, program manager for the Department of Family Medicine.

Four of the graduates are entering private practice in Texas: Dr. Ault and Dr. McInnis in Jacksonville, Dr. Bass in McKinney, and Dr. Mahaffey in Cleburne. Dr. Herrera will be practicing in Kansas and Dr. Knox will be in Uganda. Dr. Boone is beginning a fellowship in sports medicine at UTHSCT.

Several awards were given at the banquet. Jim Knox, MD, was named Resident of the Year.

Robert Tompkins, MD, a UTHSCT associate professor of family medicine, received the Faculty of the Year Award. The Downtown Preceptor of the Year was obstetrician David Dalton, MD.

In addition, the residents chose Dr. Knox as Resident’s Resident, recognizing him for the support and assistance he gave them throughout the year.

UTHSCT’s Larry Hightower, RN, received the Nurse of the Year Award, and Dr. McInnis received the Academic Excellence Award.

UTHSCT’s Family Medicine Residency Program began in 1985. It is a three-year program and has graduated 125 family physicians. More than half of these have stayed in East Texas.

The 2008 Occupational Medicine Residency Program graduate is Nicholas Bingham, MD.

In addition, the two 2007 graduates who were honored are Aman Dhillon, MD, MS, and Lester Tarbutton, MD, MS, MPH.

Dr. Bingham began the residency program in 2006. During his two year residency, he completed his master’s in environmental science and a one-year practicum.

He has taken a position at the Heartland Regional Medical Center Occupational Medicine Clinic in St. Joseph, Mo.

Dr. Dhillon began the residency program in 2005. During his two years of residency, he completed a master’s in environmental science and a one-year practicum.

Dr. Dhillon is now an assistant professor of occupational and environmental medicine in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences and medical director of the Occupational Health Clinic at UTHSCT.

Dr. Tarbutton began his residency in 2006. He has a master’s degree in public health, as well as a master’s in engineering.

Dr. Tarbutton is currently associated with the Longview Regional Occupational Medicine Clinic in Longview and Kilgore.

The graduating residents recognized their Preceptor of the Year, awarded to Paul Rountree, MD, with ExxonMobil in Baytown, and Teacher of the Year, awarded to Jeffrey Levin, MD, chair of Occupational Health Sciences and program director of the Occupational Medicine Residency Program.

The current occupational medicine residents recognized Larry Lowry, Ph.D., director of UTHSCT’s joint master’s degree program in environmental science with Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and professor of Occupational Health Sciences, as 2008 Teacher of the Year.

Sharon Evers, MD, of East Texas Medical Center, was named 2008 Preceptor of the Year.

The Occupational Medicine Residency Program accepted its first resident in 1996. The two-year program is one of four in Texas.

Twenty-one physicians now have graduated from the program, with about 60 percent of them remaining in Texas.

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