18 prospective physicians will be in Tyler Saturday, Jan. 22, for second look at Family Medicine Residency Program

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Eighteen soon-to-be medical school graduates will be in Tyler on Saturday, Jan. 22, for their second look at the Family Medicine Residency Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Almost 20 percent of Americans, 56 million people, have inadequate or no access to primary care physicians because of a shortage of providers, and a majority of them are insured, according to a report issued in March 2008 by the National Association of Community Health Centers and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

UTHSCT’s three-year Family Medicine Residency Program graduates eight physicians each summer, which opens slots for new medical school graduates to apply for. This will be the second opportunity for both the prospective applicants and UT Health Science Center to determine if they are a good fit for the program and vice versa.

The graduates will come from six of the eight medical schools in Texas, plus schools in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.

They will meet for lunch Saturday when several speakers will present an overview of the Family Medicine Residency Program, including Jonathan MacClements, MD, director of the program and chairman of UTHSCT’s Department of Family Medicine.

Saturday evening, UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun and his wife, Jeanette, will host the prospective applicants at an informal dinner at their home.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler 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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