Residency Program Launches Healthcare for the Medically Underserved Training Track
Katia Jean Baptiste, D.O. and Ashley Collazo, M.D. are Chosen as First Resident Physicians for Track
Conroe, Texas, February 13, 2018 – The Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program (CFMR) is launching a training track that will prepare Resident Physicians to care for patients that live in Medically Underserved Areas (MUA).
“People living in underserved areas face challenges managing their healthcare,” says CFMR Faculty Physcian and Lone Star Family Health Center Director of Public Health, Pamela Ferry, MD, “and they need physicians trained to help them understand their health and how to participate in their own health care.”
A MUA is a geographic area or specific population that has too few primary care providers, a high infant mortality rate, a high poverty rate or a large number of elderly residents. People living in MUAs have more instances of late-stage disease diagnoses, decreased access to medications, lower insurance coverage rates and shorter life expectantly than other populations. And because they do not have a history or relationship with a medical provider, they need providers equipped to help them understand good health as well as give medical care.
This new track recognizes the need for competent physicians who are prepared to offer comprehensive, compassionate care in a way that is culturally sensitive. The track will encourage physicians to become leaders in the communities they serve, allowing them to tailor care to that individual community. Specifically, chosen Resident Physicians will spend time working at LSFHC’s newest clinic in Grangerland, where people live more than 10 miles from healthcare, in addition to seeing patients at the LSFHC Conroe clinic.
Katia Jean Baptiste, D.O. and Ashley Collazo, M.D. have been chosen as the first Resident Physicians to pursue this track. Both doctors have an interest in practicing in underserved areas after graduation and this track will provide special training and opportunities for them and give them hands-on experience in an underserved community.
“Residents trained in programs like ours are more likely to work in underserved areas after graduation and be involved in public policy and advocacy efforts relating to their patients,” says Ferry, “we hope this track will encourage that even further.”
Doctors Baptiste and Collazo began seeing patients alongside Ferry on February 12th when the LSFHC Grangerland Clinic opened.
About the Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program
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 confidant beginning practice. For more information about CFMR visit lonestarfamily.org/residency-program