UTHSCT Family Medicine Residency Program meets its match with eight top-ranked graduating physicians

Monday, April 4, 2011

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 graduating physicians, said Donna Mann, program manager for residency recruitment and training.

“These top graduates were attracted by 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.

All of the new UTHSCT residents are graduating from U.S. medical schools, though nationwide just 49 percent of the positions available in family medicine residency programs are being filled with U.S. medical school graduates, she added.

“These new physicians were highly sought after, and we are very fortunate to have ‘matched’ with them,” Mann said. They will start their residency training on July 1.

The new resident physicians and the medical schools they graduated from are: Will Dreiss, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Peter Cao, Baylor College of Medicine; Chelsi Jackson, University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Dustin Gentry, University of Mississippi School of Medicine; Ryan Tatum, University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Mark McDonald, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Richard “Tres” Lowrance, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine; John Davidhizar, University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Since it began in 1985, the three-year program has graduated 139 family physicians, a group that is in short supply around the nation, said Jonathan MacClements, MD, director of the residency program and chairman of UTHSCT’s Department of Family Medicine.
However, East Texans are fortunate, because almost half of these physicians have stayed here, becoming family doctors for thousands of the region’s residents, he said.

“We’re also blessed with health care facilities and physicians who understand the importance of preparing the next generation of physicians,” Dr. MacClements said, stressing the importance of community support to the residency program.

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.

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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