November 1, 2003

For the past decade, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine has led the state in producing the highest percentage of graduates who enter family practice residencies.

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians honors medical schools that have at least 25 percent of the graduating class enter a family practice residency program with its Medical School Award of Achievement. The health science center has received the award for 10 consecutive years and has been the sole recipient five times, including this year.

This year, 29 percent of TCOM graduates entered a family practice residency program.

â??Most of the physicians in rural communities are approaching or are past retirement age. The increased need for family physicians is more critical in these areas because family physicians provide the full spectrum of patient care, from delivering babies to caring for children, adults and elders, in both the hospital and physicianâ??s office,â? said Elizabeth Palmarozzi, DO, acting chair of family medicine.

â??As dean, I am proud of our osteopathic heritage and the historical foundations for which this school was established, as well as the impact we have on primary care in the state of Texas,â? said Marc Hahn, DO, TCOM dean. â??Our challenge remains to continue to fulfill this critical need for the citizens of Texas.â?

The award was presented to Dr. Hahn at TAFPâ??s 2003 annual session in Arlington in July.


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