The Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program was formed in 1979 as the Montgomery County Medical Education Foundation by a group of physicians who were interested in developing and establishing a Family Medicine residency program in Montgomery County. Our first three residents graduated in June 1985.
Affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston from 1983-1994 and with the University of Texas Medical Branch from 1994-2000, the program is now sponsored by Conroe Medical Education Foundation and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program has been very successful, and of note our program was reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2011 and by the AOA in 2012 and was awarded the status of continued full accreditation for five years by both organizations. This, along with our 100% pass rate on the Board Certification Examination offered by the American Board of Family Medicine, is an outstanding statement about the quality of training our residents receive.
Conroe Family Medicine Residency is dedicated to teaching the full spectrum of family medicine and procedural skills. We strive to provide an education which our graduates have said makes them feel confident when they start practice. We strive to provide high quality, high tech and compassionate care, while providing health access to the underserved and community at large.
Our educational mission is:
- To train family physicians who will pursue excellence in providing compassionate patient care.
- To train well-qualified family physicians, thus increasing the supply of practitioners available to meet the health care needs in Texas and the United States in urban, suburban and rural locations, including successfully caring for the underserved;
- To provide the medical student with role models so as to encourage interest in family medicine;
- To stimulate intellectual pursuit and research by faculty, residents and family physicians in practice;
- To provide continuing medical education for the graduates of this program and other physicians in private practice.
Out look for the future
We are excited about our future. We enjoy tremendous support from Conroe Regional Medical Center as well as from our community. The Program’s independent sponsorship, the Conroe Medical Education Foundation and its full integration into the Lone Star Family Health Center, provides greater local control, both educationally and financially, and provides many opportunities for further Program development. We are very proud of our new Family Medicine Center, The Lone Star Family Health Center, completed in June 2012, which was designed and built specifically as a teaching health center and which serves as home to the Residency and boasts 70,000 square feet of space.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), we received a federal grant which allows us to offer expanded services to patients most in need of healthcare access. These expanded services include a pharmacy, adult and pediatric dentistry, behavioral health, diabetes education, family planning services, and an afterhours clinic that provides moonlighting opportunities to our residents. Other grant support we have received include Breast and Cervical Cancer Detection grant, a Komen for the Cure grant and other local, state and federal grants.
We are enthusiastic about what our future holds for our program and our community. Lone Star and the Conroe Family Medicine Residency program have grown into a major provider of healthcare in our community over the ten years since we became an FQHC. Our success is evident in our increases in patient numbers, selection as hospitalists by insurance companies and our growth and move into our new facility.