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

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has successfully filled its intern positions with eight 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. This was an excellent match. These eight new interns were highly sought after,” Mann said.

“Only 42 percent of the positions available nationwide in family medicine residency programs this year were filled with graduating seniors from U.S. medical schools,” she added.

“The fact that we attract the top graduates from U.S. medical schools 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,” Mann said.

Jonathan MacClements, MD, director of the residency program and chair of the Department of Family Medicine, said, “The cooperation of health care facilities and physicians in Tyler and surrounding areas enables us to attract these outstanding recruits to train in our superb facilities and to care for the people of East Texas.

“It really does take an educational village to train a family medicine resident. We thank everyone who is involved in this process,” Dr. MacClements said.

During the match proceedings, medical students interested in family medicine interview at selected residency programs and then send their preferences to the National Resident Matching Program.

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: Angela Cade, MD, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Josh Cason, MD, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport; Edee Cullen, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine; Jeremy Dickerson, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine; Tammy Grab, MD, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine; Andrea Means, MD, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine; Joshua Stringer, MD, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; and Shaun York, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.

The new physicians will start their residency training on July 1. 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 $12 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.

NOTICE: Protected health information is subject to electronic disclosure.