Family Medicine Residency Program graduates seven; Occupational Medicine Residency Program graduates one, welcomes two new residents

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently celebrated the graduation of seven residents at a formal commencement ceremony.

In addition, the Occupational Medicine Residency Program graduated one resident and welcomed two new residents.

The family medicine residents were honored with a banquet June 19 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.

Melissa Gerdes, MD, a 1999 graduate of the residency program and president-elect of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, was the keynote speaker.

The seven Family Medicine Residency Program graduates are: Mindy Campbell, MD; Zachary Drain, MD; Ross Hamic, MD; Mark Hamilton, MD; Edward Ngo, MD; Elizabeth Pearch, DO; and William Sanders, MD, said Donna Mann, program manager for the Department of Family Medicine.

Two of the graduates are entering private practice in Texas: Dr. Campbell in Tyler and Dr. Pearch in Dallas.

Three of the graduates will be working as emergency room physicians: Dr. Drain in Corsicana, and Drs. Hamilton and Ngo in Dallas.

Dr. Hamic and Dr. Sanders are entering private practice in Louisiana.

In addition, Dr. Corbett Boone completed his fellowship in sports medicine and will be practicing in Waco.

Several awards were given at the banquet. Mindy Campbell, MD, was named Resident of the Year. Richard Viken, MD, a UTHSCT professor of family medicine, received the Faculty of the Year Award.

The Downtown Preceptor of the Year was pediatrician Danny Price, MD.

In addition, the residents chose Dr. Campbell and William Sanders, MD, as Resident’s Resident, recognizing them both for the support and assistance they gave throughout the year.

UTHSCT’s Edna Dodgen, RN, received the Nurse of the Year Award. Dr. Campbell, Dr. Hamic, and Dr. Hamilton received the Academic Excellence Award.

UTHSCT’s Family Medicine Residency Program began in 1985. It is a three-year program and has graduated 132 family physicians. More than half of these have stayed in East Texas.

The 2009 Occupational Medicine Residency Program graduate is Sharon Huff, MD. She began the residency program in 2007.

During the two-year residency, Dr. Huff completed her master’s in environmental science and a one-year practicum.

She is currently employed at UTHSCT and is conducting grant-supported education and outreach efforts on behalf of the Department of Occupational Health Sciences.

Dr. Huff received her medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She interned in family medicine at Baylor Medical Center at Garland.

The Occupational Medicine Residency Program at UTHSCT also has filled its two open positions for the 2009 year, which began July 1. The new residents are: Thomas Kevin Nelson, DO, MPH, and Phillip Allen Head, MD.

Dr. Nelson graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed two years of residency in internal medicine/pediatrics at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Dr. Nelson was a practicing pharmacist from 1990 to 2002.

Dr. Head graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and also completed his residency in internal medicine at UTMB.

He has managed Urgent Care Clinics for UTMB and Texas Urgent Care in Houston since 1996.

In addition, two Occupational Medicine Residency graduates have passed the board exam to become diplomates of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

They are Lester G. Tarbutton, MD, MPH, a 2007 graduate, and Nicholas O. Bingham MD, MS, a 2008 graduate.

The Occupational Medicine Residency Program began in 1994 and is one of four such programs in Texas (three civilian and one military).

Twenty-two physicians have graduated from the two-year physician training program. Sixty percent of the graduates have remained in 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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