An Update from the University of Maryland School of Medicine

An Update from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine Division of Medical Student Education

June 3, 2015

Greetings! We would like to make you aware of some exciting news from the University of Maryland’s Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Division of Medical Student Education. Thanks to the campus faculty and community preceptor’s combined efforts we have been very effective in introducing our medical students to primary care, Family Medicine in particular. Our Family Medicine clerkship was again voted the #1 clerkship by the UMSOM medical students. This honor has been bestowed upon us nine out of the last ten years. The last class of 16 Family Care Track students graduated from the UMSOM in 2015. 81% of these students chose primary care and 25% chose Family Medicine.

The successor of the Family Care Track is the Primary Care Track, with the entering class now in its third year of medical school. Our hope is that a large number of these students will choose primary care and hopefully one day practice or be more knowledgeable about caring for the underserved. Even better would be if they chose to practice primary care in the underserved communities where they were trained!

This year 12% of the graduating fourth year medical students chose Family Medicine as a career. (The national average of fourth years choosing family medicine has hovered in the 8.6% range for the past two years.) The students were accepted into some of the best training programs in the country, including Oregon Health Sciences University, Montefiore, Einstein, University of Pennsylvania, University of California at San Francisco, University of Maryland. This is a huge accomplishment for a Mid-Atlantic medical school, where traditionally, lower numbers of medical students enter general practice. We are certain that we could not have seen such a large number of students choose family medicine without your mentoring. Consider the following: In 10 years, 152 UMSOM graduates became family doctors, who will practice on average for 30 years, taking care of a patient panel of approximately 2500 patients, who typically make 1.5 visits each year to their doctor. That’s 17 million patient encounters by former UMSOM students whose careers we helped to shape!

We did this together. This success is because of the collaboration amongst faculty from the UMSOM, most notably, our volunteer community preceptors, including those from Franklin Square Hospital, as well as the leadership of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians.

Some additional news.
We had a record number of attendees at this year’s annual Community Preceptor Appreciation dinner, held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Baltimore. Dr. Kevin Carter received the faculty teaching award, Dr. Nancy Barr was awarded the community teaching award and Dr. Marc Wilson from Edmondson UCare was our guest speaker.Dr. Mozella Williams, Assistant Professor and Associate Director in the Division on Medical Student Education, will be pursuing an MBA at the University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Williams coordinates the third and fourth year electives in family medicine and supports the efforts of the Clerkship and Primary Care Track. Dr. Kathryn Hart, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Medical Student Education, has assumed the role as course director for the popular family medicine clerkship. Dr. Eugene Newmier was chosen by this year’s class of graduating medical students to be inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. Congratulations to Dr. Newmier – this is a great honor! Thank you for helping bring a medical student to Family Medicine. You have made a difference in the world.

Richard Colgan, M.D.
Professor
Vice Chairman of Medical Student Education and Clinical Operations
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine

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