Conroe, Texas, June 28, 2017 – This week, the Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program (CFMR) graduates 10 Board-Certified Family Physicians in its 34th class since the program’s founding in 1979.
“These ten Physicians truly showcase the quality doctor our program trains, they are top-notch” says Dr. Lata Joshi, Program Director, “and what many don’t realize is the economic impact that our program also has.”
Graduates Lane Aiena MD, Phu Cao DO, William DeSimone MD, Shelli Flynn, MD, Esther Koo DO, Mandy Lim DO, David Loftice DO, Daniel MacDougall MD, Vy Phan DO, And Ana Stella MD were recognized for completing twenty three years of education in a ceremony held last week at Lone Star Family Health Center and attended by representatives from the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors and Conroe Medical Education Foundation as well as Conroe Reginal Medical Center CFO Thomas Holt.
While CFMR takes great pride in producing compassionate, highly trained physicians, it also recognizes its role in the country’s healthcare system. By the year 2025, it’s anticipated that the United States will have a shortage of between 46,000 and 90,000 family physicians. By continuing to train quality doctors, CFMR is filling a vital need in Texas and across the county.
In addition, the program generates a significant economic impact. Nearly eighty percent of graduates remain in the state of Texas and an average of thirty-three percent stay in or near Montgomery County. Two of this year’s graduates will stay to practice at one of Lone Star Family Health Center’s locations, another will stay within the local community and others will remain in Texas, including its rural and underserved communities. With the annual economic impact of a family physician estimated to be $904,696, this year’s graduates represent a significant impact in the local and state economies.
This program will only continue to expand its reach, adding an underserved training track to help train physicians to focus on the needs of patients in rural and underserved communities and a wellness and culinary medicine program to educate both physicians and patients about the role that a healthy diet and lifestyle play in patient health.
“It’s important that we continue to expand our teaching capacity so that our physicians can address the growing and changing needs of patients,” says Joshi.
CFMR is doing just that. Because Residents trained in Community Health Centers are more likely to work in Health Centers and with underserved populations, the program’s impact will continue to fall where it is most needed.
About Conroe Family Medicine Residency
The Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program was founded in 1979 with a mission to teach the full spectrum of family medicine and procedural skills. It is now an integral part of Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC), and is a partnership between LSFHC, Conroe Regional Medical Center and the Conroe Medical Education Foundation. For more information visit lonestarfamily.org/residency-program.