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

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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 physicians. This was an excellent match. These eight new doctors were highly sought after,” Mann said.

“Only 45 percent of the positions available nationwide this year in family medicine residency programs 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 chairman of UTHSCT’s Department of Family Medicine stressed the importance of community support.

“In East Texas, we are fortunate to have health care facilities and physicians who understand the importance of preparing the next generation of physicians,” he said.

“These learning opportunities enable us to attract outstanding recruits to train in our superb facilities and to care for East Texans. We thank everyone involved in this educational process,” Dr. MacClements said.

During the match proceedings, medical school graduates 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 new physician’s interest.

Each residency program also sends its list, which ranks graduates 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 resident physicians and the medical schools they graduated from are: Jeffrey Barstad, Texas Tech University School of Medicine; Amy Hinton, Baylor College of Medicine; Sarah Low, Texas Tech University School of Medicine; Vinh Mai, Texas A&M University College of Medicine; Amy Newton, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; Stephanie Tyo, West Virginia University School of Medicine; Michelle Ward, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine; and Chad Weldon, Texas College of Osteopathic 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 132 family physicians. Almost half of these have stayed in East Texas.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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