Conroe, Texas, March 21, 2019 – Last week, the Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program (CFMR), a program operated by Lone Star Family Health Center in partnership with HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe, announced its 36th class of family medicine resident physicians, continuing its history of educating physicians in a community-based environment and addressing the looming family medicine physician shortage.
By the year 2025, the United States will have a shortage of 52,000 primary care physicians. This shortage will impact families in rural and underserved areas most harshly. More precisely, it will impact those living at or below the federal poverty line that are uninsured or underinsured; and there is a direct correlation between a lack of care for these individuals and the costs to the health care system. Conroe Family Medicine Residency is working to address both of these issues.
“Residents trained in programs like ours, a community-based program treating mainly underserved patients, are more likely to work in underserved areas after graduation and be involved in public policy and advocacy efforts relating to their patients,” says Joshi, “This gives our education efforts a doubled positive economic impact on the healthcare system as a whole.
Each year, Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program graduates 10 Family Medicine physicians with 75 percent of graduates going on to practice within the state of Texas. If each physician added to a community will have an annual positive impact of over $900,000, then this residency program alone is adding close to $7 million to the Texas economy each year while also reducing the burden on our healthcare system. And program graduates do go on to be leaders, including a current State Board of Directors member for the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.
This year’s new resident class is comprised of Annabel Chang from Cornell University, Ruth Duesterheft from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Luis Juarez from University of Texas Southwestern, Mahdi Kaheri from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Paul Kanaby from Tuoro College of Medicine, Anna Luc from University of Texas Southwestern, Alvaro Sanchez from University of Texas Medical Branch, Thomas Seymour from University of Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Edward Strecker from University of Texas Medical Branch, and Ernest Trinh from McGovern Medical School.
About Lone Star Family Health Center
Founded in 2002, Lone Star Family Health Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center with a mission to provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and prepare tomorrow’s family medicine professionals.
About the Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program
The Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program was founded in 1979 as the Montgomery County Medical Education Foundation; the fully accredited program is now sponsored by the Conroe Medical Education Foundation and operated within Lone Star Family Health Center. The program strives to provide full scope family medicine education that produces graduates who provide excellent, compassionate care.