New docs join Reid Health Residency Program as 3rd year begins

July 10th, 2017

Six new participants joined the Reid Health Family Medicine Residency Program as it heads into its third year this month.

The residents join seven already enrolled in the teaching program that launched in July 2015. The Reid Health residency program is affiliated with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience in Kansas City, Mo., and has positions for six residents each year.

The new residents and their medical schools include:

  • Jay Bhavsar, D.O., New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Erin Chung, D.O., Marian University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Timothy Cobb, D.O., West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Stephanie Kidd, D.O., Marian University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Gudars Rahnema, D.O., Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Justin Tudino, D.O., Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

“A teaching program just makes us stronger,” said Phillip Scott, D.O., FAAFP, Residency Program Director. “When you are recruiting newly-trained doctors from any specialty, teaching is a part of the culture they are coming from,” which makes the Reid Health system more intriguing for potential candidates, he said. And in the extremely competitive national recruitment efforts among communities to attract and keep physicians, Dr. Scott noted that up to 80 percent of physicians ultimately practice within 100 miles of where they train.

The program was a great fit for the Reid Health culture of always striving to grow and improve. “We are working on transitioning from being a very high-quality community hospital to being a very high-quality teaching hospital,” he said.

Dr. Scott said the community and the personal, focused experience are proving attractive to program participants. “When you are training in a location that has only the one residency program, then you are not competing with other residents who may be training in other specialties,” he explained, commonly referenced as training “unopposed.” This means residents are not competing in their rotation with other specialty residents, giving them a “front and center” experience in their training.

Joseph Clemente, M.D., OB-GYN, has worked with all previous residents so far in providing experience in his area. “The residents, at minimum, must complete a three-month rotation in OB/GYN throughout their three-year residency. Usually, that is done one month per year,” he said. Program flexibility allows residents who want more experience and-or are considering a family practice OB fellowship can take other elective rotations throughout their residency.

Dr. Clemente said the teaching relationship also helps him as an experienced physician. “It’s great to have a fresh perspective on medicine.”

Program Resident Emily Lynch, D.O., cited the personal nature of her training. “Attending physicians will go out of their way to include us in procedures and interesting learning cases. We have an amazing group of physicians who want to teach, and I think that desire makes for the best teachers.”