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Family Medicine Residency Program

Posted on: 09/17/2012

United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will significantly expand its role in medical education by serving as a site for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Family Medicine Residency Program. To become a “teaching hospital,” United Memorial completed an extensive credentialing process and was approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in August 2012.

“This is an exciting moment for United Memorial Medical Center,” stated President and CEO, Mark C. Schoell. “As a teaching hospital, United Memorial will be at the forefront of the latest medical developments and be able to provide improved quality of care; advanced treatment therapies; a shorter length of stay for major illnesses; and achieve superior outcomes and survival rates for our patients.”

LECOM residency programs are developed and supported by the Lake Erie Consortium for Osteopathic Medical Training (LECOMT) which now has 36 teaching affiliates in eight states. These hospitals also serve as teaching sites for LECOM students in their third-year and fourth-year clinical rotations.

“Combining quality, specialty healthcare in a community setting with hands-on training and direct mentorship from highly skilled and experienced providers at United Memorial will prepare residents as the best doctors they can be,” said Richard Terry, DO, MBA, FAAFP, FACOFP, Assistant Dean of Regional Clinical Education at LECOM and Chief Academic Officer of LECOMT. “The growth of medical education in Batavia will also attract LECOM medical students who will be more likely to apply for residencies here and perhaps locate in Western New York permanently.”

United Memorial’s Family Medicine Residency program will offer a diverse experience in primary care medicine in a rural community setting. Conveniently located between Buffalo and Rochester, Residents are afforded experiences in community based practices, and a thriving community hospital while still having resources found in the tertiary settings. This approach will produce highly qualified clinicians who will be capable of working in a variety of primary care clinical settings.

There will be four residents accepted for each year of the program (for an eventual total of twelve). They will reside in the community and receive compensation and benefits from United Memorial while participating in the program.

Serving as Program Director for United Memorial is Laurie Kilbury-Taylor, D.O. Dr. Kilbury-Taylor is an Emergency Room Physician at United Memorial with the group FDR Medical. She is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds additional degrees including a Master of Science Degree from the State University of New York-Roswell Park Division, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Engineering.

Anna Lamb, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P. is the Director of Medical Education. Dr. Lamb is a family practice provider in the community, President of the United Memorial Medical Staff and serves on the United Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors. Dr. Lamb received her medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Bonaventure University.

The first year of residency emphasizes the inpatient experience. For second-year residents, a significant emphasis is placed on taking more clinical responsibilities and enhancing decision-making skills. There are four months of inpatient medicine where residents are the primary physicians for their patients. Each resident will manage his/her own inpatient service with supervision by an attending physician. The third-year resident has a significant role in teaching and supervising junior residents and assumes direct responsibility for leading the Medicine Teaching Service and Family Medicine Inpatient Teaching Service.

Individuals who have completed a baccalaureate program and wish to pursue a career as a physician in the United States must be accepted to and complete an additional four-year course of study at an accredited osteopathic medical school in order to continue in the osteopathic residency program. The degree granted at the conclusion of study at LECOM is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). In the D.O. and M.D. programs, much of the curricula are the same; however D.O. students receive 300-500 hours of additional training related to hands-on or manual medicine and the body’s musculoskeletal system. D.O.s practice whole-person, health care. Osteopathic students are trained to be primary care physicians first, emphasizing the philosophy of maintaining health. Many continue on after their residency for subspecialty fellowships in highly specialized areas of medicine such as endocrinology, sports medicine, and geriatrics, to name just a few.

United Memorial Medical Center is Genesee County’s only acute care hospital. UMMC has 131-licensed beds and operates family care centers in Batavia, LeRoy and on the Tonawanda Seneca Nation. Convenient outpatient diagnostic centers for laboratory services and medical imaging are located in Batavia, Pembroke and LeRoy. Urgent Care, General Surgery, Sleep studies, Occupational Medicine for employers, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Cardiology. Women’s Care, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, Infusion Services, Pain Management and Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Inpatient Rehabilitation are also services provided by United Memorial.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine offers innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dental medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pa., Greensburg, Pa., and Bradenton, Fla., LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit http://www.lecom.edu.

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