Physician and family nurse practitioner join UTHSCT, geriatrics specialist recertified, and first-year resident gets scholarship

Friday, September 14, 2012

Joshua Stringer, MD, a family medicine physician, and Paulia Jacobs, MS, RN, a certified family nurse practitioner, recently joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

In addition, Kent M. Davis, MD, has been recertified as a medical director in long-term care, and Amber Higgs, MD, a first-year resident in UTHSCT’s Family Medicine Residency Program, has received a scholarship from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Stringer, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, completed his family medicine residency at UTHSCT in July. He is board certified in family medicine and is working in the emergency room.

He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Ms. Jacobs, who holds a special certification for nursing cancer patients, has seventeen years of experience as a registered nurse. She is also a certified advanced practice registered nurse.

She received her master’s degree from the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Ms. Jacobs also has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from TWU.

Dr. Davis was recertified as a long-term care medical director by the Board of Directors of the American Medical Directors Certification Program. He is medical director of several long-term care facilities in Northeast Texas.

To be certified, an individual must demonstrate both management and clinical skill in overseeing the health of residents of long-term care facilities such as assisted living centers, nursing homes, and hospices.

Dr. Davis is board certified in internal medicine with a specialty in geriatrics, the branch of medicine concerned with the care of older adults. He is medical director of UTHSCT’s Joseph Z. and Louise H. Ornelas Center for Healthy Aging.

Dr. Higgs received the Glen Johnson, MD, Minority Medical Student Scholarship from the TAFP Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP).

The scholarship was established to honor Dr. Johnson, a past TAFP president and former leader of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Higgs graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is originally from Marshall and began her family medicine residency at UTHSCT in July.

For more than 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 for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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