Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education 2010 Winners
The following family medicine residents were selected for their exemplary patient care, their interpersonal relationships with patients, physicians and faculty, and their demonstrated leadership and community involvement. These 12 men and women are truly health care leaders.
- Lesley C. Brooks, MD
- James E. Crounse, MD
- Philip M. Flatau, MD
- Kelly J. Holland, MD
- Tipu V. Kahn, MD
- Beth Lawson Loney, MD
- Kristin K. Martin, DO
- David T. O'Gurek, MD
- Curtis P. O'Laughlin, MD
- Justin H. Price, MD
- Jacqueline L. Rohrer, MD
- Regina M. Wang, MD
Dr. Brooks has a number of important professional accomplishments that keep her focused and driven towards her goals. She is truly proud of the professional and personal growth she experienced as a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and as a study manager for the Denver Department of Public Health. Additionally, she worked in southern Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two and a half years. She treasures her early experience working on political campaigns and for legal advocacy organizations. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her two children and remodeling her “quirky, 60s-style home” with her husband. After residency, she hopes to work for a county public health department and help shape effective community policies to prevent STD’s and improve reproductive health services and outcomes for women.
Dr. Crounse’s most important professional accomplishment to date is the development of the Global Resident Community (GRC) at Loma Linda University Medical Center. The GRC exists to create community across residency lines for mission-minded residents and staff. His professional interests include the development of family medicine residency programs in developing countries, HIV in developing countries, fostering health promotion in faith-based community settings, and strengthening the growth of the Family and Preventive Residency at Loma Linda University. His personal pursuits include spending time with his wife and two-year-old son, as well as woodworking, gardening, hiking, hockey, and sustainable living. After residency, Dr. Crounse and his wife plan to work full time for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in a developing country (most likely Africa), focusing on acute care and community development.
At this time, Dr. Flatau’s most important professional accomplishment is receiving this prestigious award. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, participating in church activities, reading, traveling, discussing life, and relaxing at home with his wife and infant son. A Washington state native, he enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and mountaineering. Immediately following residency, he will pursue a career in military medicine as a United States Air Force Flight Surgeon. Ultimately, he would like to be a military medical liaison to the NGO medical communities and be a family medicine leader in regards to Civil-Military Stability Operations and Health Care Diplomacy around the world. His long-term goals are to teach primary care and promote public health throughout the international community.
Dr. Holland’s most important professional accomplishment occurs every time a mother whose infant he delivers asks him to be the baby’s doctor. His professional interests include global health, rectifying health disparities, immigrant rights, HIV/AIDS and addiction medicine. During residency, his area of concentration has been international health, and all of his elective rotations focus specifically on additional training needed to meet the needs of resource-poor and remote settings. In his free time, Dr. Holland likes to play drums, snowboard, hike and read Harry Potter books. After residency, he plans to return to Massachusetts to work at an urban community health center. More specifically he hopes to work with an urban Latino community and provide primary care. Additionally, he intends to continue traveling biannually to El Narajanito, Dominican Republic (where he has worked for the past seven years) to staff their rural medical clinic. He also plans to extend his work abroad into Haiti, where the need for long-term care is immense.
Dr. Kahn’s most important professional accomplishment to date is the opening of the Al-Shifa Clinic in Washington. This was the first open-community, student-run free clinic in Seattle. He organized a group of interdisciplinary professional students and led them for three years through the gauntlet of administrative hurdles. Now the clinic is integrated with the University and is providing continuity of care for people who had nowhere else to go. Currently, he is organizing a group of physicians to create a free clinic in an underserved region of Orange County. His personal interests include ethnic cuisine, Jiu-Jitsu and Okinawan Kenpo Karate, and competitive wrestling. In his free time, he works on acquiring linguistic diversity (Hindi, Urdu, Spanish and Arabic). After residency, he will pursue a career in academics and health policy. Currently, he is applying for health policy/public health fellowships. Additionally, he hopes to bolster his skills in translational policy research to enact changes at the community, state and national level in an academic setting.
Dr. Lawson Loney’s most important professional accomplishment has been leading change within her residency program, focusing on recruitment and increasing leadership within the residency. This has led to the successful recruitment of an exceptional intern class. Between the first and second years of medical school, she spent her summers in Zambia, conducting HIV/AIDS peer education conferences and conducting home visits with persons suffering from HIV/AIDS. During her fourth year of medical school, she returned to Zambia to complete an international rotation, working at clinics and hospitals in rural parts of the country. In her free time, Dr. Lawson Loney enjoys reading, spending time with her mastiff puppy and cats, singing and spending time with family and friends. After residency, she will practice in Stockton, Kansas, where she plans to start a community clinic and work in conjunction with Rooks County Hospital and three other physicians in the area. She also plans to return to Zambia throughout her career.
Dr. Martin’s most important professional accomplishment was being named an American Federation for Aging Research Scholar at Harvard Medical School. She has spent years performing clinical research, writing publications, speaking at conferences and in the community, and volunteering for organizations promoting elder issues and geriatric concerns. Dr. Martin’s personal interests include classical and jazz piano, and she enjoys watching her twin boys play sports. Her future professional plans include pursuing a career incorporating clinical practice with her interests in research, graduate medical education and public service. Her ultimate goals include development of a large multi-specialty medical center dedicated to clinical practice and research on issues of aging, as well as being involved in graduate medical education either as an adjunct clinical faculty or possibly as a Family Medicine Residency Director.
Dr. O’Gurek’s most important professional accomplishment is having the honor to complete his residency at Lancaster General. His professional interests include geriatrics, preventive care, research, public health and health policy, and education. A die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, Dr. O’Gurek also enjoys remaining abreast of local, state and national politics. After residency, he’ll complete a family medicine faculty development/academic fellowship. In the future, Dr. O’Gurek hopes to pursue a career as part of the academic faculty at a residency program, practicing full spectrum family medicine, continuing his involvement in organized medicine, and being actively involved in research and community service.
Dr. O’Loughlin’s most important accomplishment is providing comprehensive care to all of his patients, as well as becoming a well-respected family physician in his community. His professional pursuits include building strong support structures for adolescents. Additionally, he is interested in palliative medicine (working with families during the dying and grieving process). He also enjoys teaching patients, medical students and junior residents about medicine and patient care. Dr. O’Loughlin’s personal interests include reading non-fiction and discussing current affairs. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, nature walk and attending live music events. After residency, his hope is to return to a rural community near his home in northeast Iowa to practice the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetrics.
Dr. Price’s most important accomplishment to date is practicing full-spectrum medicine while remaining close to his wife and kids. His professional pursuits include international medicine, rural medicine, procedures, obstetrics and migrant health. His personal interests include faith, travel, photography and Appalachian culture. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, trail run, mountain bike and “grow things.” After residency, he would like to be part of a comprehensive practice in an underserved community.
Dr. Rohrer’s most important professional accomplishment is choosing family medicine as her specialty: “I am proud to have chosen family medicine and am thrilled to see that it is, in fact, the best fit for me.” As a certified leader in Centering Pregnancy, she is also interested in obstetrics and prenatal care. In 2010, she participated in a Quality Improvement Project: Pre-term Delivery Prevention with Progesterone. That same year, she completed an international elective in Arusha, Tanzania. Dr. Rohrer’s personal pursuits include speaking French, international travel, running, cooking, backpacking, improvisational acting, sewing and knitting, and photography. After residency, she is considering obstetric and rural fellowships. In the future, she plans to work with an underserved population in a community health center or rural area. She would like to practice broad-spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics and inpatient care.
Dr. Wang’s most important professional accomplishment is not a single moment or award; it’s helping the underserved while attending college, medical school and residency. Her professional interests include educating patients and the general public, especially the deaf, about health. Additionally, she enjoys helping the underserved in the U.S. and abroad through medicine and other acts of service. Her personal interests include researching new restaurants and supermarkets, cooking for friends and family, and traveling and experiencing foods from around the world. After residency, Dr. Wang plans to take a couple months off to rest and travel. Afterward, she hopes to practice inpatient and outpatient medicine as well as teach medical students and residents while providing care to the underserved and promoting health education in the community.