22 fourth-year medical students visited Tyler on Feb. 7 for second look at UTHSCT Family Medicine Residency Program

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Twenty-two fourth-year medical students were in Tyler on Saturday, Feb. 7, for their second look at the Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

The family medicine doctors produced by UTHSCT’s residency program help provide the backbone of health care in East Texas and beyond, but they are in short supply in many areas of our state and nation.

For example, only 25 percent of Texas counties in 2004 had enough primary care doctors to serve their populations, while 24 Texas counties were without any primary care or family medicine doctors at all.

UTHSCT’s Family Medicine Residency Program is well-known and has a prestigious reputation in Texas and surrounding states.

So, it’s not surprising that 22 soon-to-be-doctors would be interested in the seven places open for medical students who will have graduated by the time this year’s program begins July 1.

These medical students have already visited UTHSCT once and been interviewed by family medicine faculty.

The students came from seven of the eight medical schools in Texas, plus medical schools in Virginia, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

They were treated to lunch Saturday, where UTHSCT family medicine physician Jonathan MacClements, MD, spoke about the residency program.

Dr. MacClements is director of the residency program and an associate professor at UTHSCT.

In addition, UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun and his wife, Jeanette, held an informal dinner for the medical students at the Calhouns’ home Saturday evening.

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.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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