Local Physician, Lane Aiena, M.D., continues to advocate for Family Medicine and the future of primary care

Conroe, Texas, November 15, 2018 – In an election among its members, Conroe Family Medicine Residency (CFMR) alumni, Lane Aiena, M.D., was elected to the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) State Board of Directors where he will continue advocating for the future of Family Medicine and quality primary care for his community.

“We have always encouraged our residents to be involved in advocacy work,” says Residency Program Director, Lata Joshi, M.D., “it’s great to see him elected to the TAFP Board.”

CFMR is operated within Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, in a partnership with Conroe Regional Medical Center, and is sponsored by the Conroe Medical Education Foundation. The program graduates ten physicians each year, and with each Family Medicine Physician having an estimated economic impact of $904,696 annually, and three-fourths of program graduates staying to practice locally, the residency program has a substantial economic impact on its community. But, as Joshi states, the program also aims for long-term impacts on the profession of Family Medicine.

“By the year 2025 the United States with have a shortage of 52,000 primary care doctors,” says Joshi, “program graduates like Dr. Aiena not only address this shortage, they impact the trajectory of our profession, preserving the future of primary care.”

Aiena, who now practices at Huntsville Family Medicine in Huntsville, Texas, was Co-Chief Resident during his third year in the residency program and advocated in Washington D.C. for funding for both Federally Qualified Health Centers and Teaching Health Centers, meeting with Congressmen Kevin Brady and Michael Burgess in this role. He previously served on the TAFP Committee for Legislative Affairs and Committee for Leadership Development and has worked with TAFP on bills for payment parity for telemedicine, the scope of practice for extenders and the opioid epidemic. In 2017, after flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey devastated the local community, Aiena volunteered in shelters, proving medical care to those forced from their homes and worked alongside LSFHC and CFMR faculty and staff to clean out homes for his former coworkers.

In his role as a member of the TAFP Board of Directors, Aiena will continue his advocacy work as a representative for family physicians to both lawmakers and the general public, help assure that quality continuing education is available to family physicians in Texas, and guide education for future family medicine physicians. And because primary care and family medicine are on the front lines of this country’s health, he is certain to have a lasting impact on the health of the community both locally and nationally.

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. The health center’s main location is at 605 South Conroe Medical Drive next to Conroe Regional Medical Center with satellite clinics in Spring and Willis, and the community of Grangerland.  Appointments may be scheduled by calling 936.539.4004.      

About Conroe Family Medicine Residency

The Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program was founded in 1979 as the Montgomery County Medical Education Foundation and graduated its first physicians in 1985. The fully accredited program is now sponsored by the Conroe Medical Education Foundation and operated within Lone Star Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center and Teaching Health Center. The program strives to provide an education that produces graduates who are confident beginning practice. For more information about Conroe Family Medicine Residency visit lonestarfamily.org/residency-program .

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