POSTED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 5:34pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 5:35pm
UT Health Northeast — The Family Medicine Residency Program at UT Health Northeast recently celebrated the graduation of eight residents at a formal commencement ceremony. In addition, two physicians completed the Occupational Medicine Residency Program.
The eight family medicine residency graduates are: Jeffrey Barstad, MD; Amy Hinton, MD; Sarah Low, MD; Vinh Mai, MD; Amy Newton, DO; Stephanie Tyo, MD; Michelle Ward, MD; and Chad Weldon, DO. In addition, Jeremy Dickerson, MD, completed the Sports Medicine Fellowship, said Donna Mann, program manager for residency recruitment for the Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Low and Dr. Tyo have joined UT Health’s Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Newton will begin a hospice fellowship at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
Dr. Hinton will be a physician at Texas A&M’s student health center in College Station and Dr. Mai will be an emergency room physician in Dallas.
Two graduates are entering private practice in Texas: Dr. Barstad in McKinney and Dr. Weldon in Granbury. One graduate, Dr. Ward, is joining a private practice in Oklahoma.
The family medicine residents were honored with a banquet at Holly Tree Country Club. In the area of awards, Dr. Barstad was named Resident of the Year and Resident’s Resident. Julie Philley, MD, and Leo Holm, MD, both UT Health Northeast physicians, shared the Will Avery Faculty of the Year Award.
The Outstanding Community Preceptor of the Year was obstetrician and 2003 UT Health residency program graduate John Shum, MD. UT Health’s Becky Snyder, RN, received the Nurse of the Year award.
Dr. Barstad, Dr. Low, Dr. Ward, and Dr. Weldon all received the Academic Excellence Award. Dr. Hinton received the education award and Dr. Weldon received the Resident Award for Scholarship.
On July 1, the residency program welcomed eight new residents. The new residents and the medical schools they graduated from are Clayton Brown, MD, University of Washington, Seattle; Kiona Coleman, MD, and Michelle Parker, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Lubbock; Andrea Gerla, MD, Kim Hoang, MD, and Phillip Ramirez, MD, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station; Will Heise, MD, The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Norman; and Marita Rios, MD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine.
Also, Michael Montgomery, MD, a 2013 graduate of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will start the combined UT Health/Trinity Mother Frances Sports Medicine fellowship.
UT Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program began in 1985. It is a three-year program and has graduated 162 family physicians. More than half of these have stayed in East Texas.
Two residents completed occupational medicine training this year. Patty Morell Bilhartz, MD, who has a master’s in public health (MPH) as well as a medical degree, has joined Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, Calif.
During his residency, ShaMarick Blue, MD, received a master’s in environmental science in a program run jointly by Stephen F. Austin State University and UT Health. He now works at Good Shepherd Occupational Medicine Clinic.
Dr. Bilhartz received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and her MPH from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Rural Public Health, both in College Station. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Scott & White/Texas A&M College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program in Temple.
Dr. Blue received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed a one-year surgery internship at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.
The Occupational Medicine Residency Program has also filled its two positions for the 2013 year. The new residents are: Meghan Brianne Marie Hampton, MD, MPH; and Alina Julian Rouk, MD.
Dr. Hampton received her medical degree and her master’s in public health from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and has worked as an emergency medical technician.
Dr. Rouk graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and completed a one-year residency at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Before entering medical school, Dr. Rouk worked as a registered nurse in heart and lung surgery and vascular surgery.
The Occupational Medicine Residency Program began in 1994 and is one of four such programs in Texas (three civilian and one military). Twenty-six physicians have graduated from the two-year physician-training program. Sixty percent of the graduates have remained in Texas.