Residency Program Holds 10th Graduation

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Photo of Fereshteh Gerayli, M.D., director of the UK Family Medicine Clinic in Hazard and Masuda C. Ahmad
Fereshteh Gerayli, M.D., director of the UK Family Medicine Clinic in Hazard and Masuda C. Ahmad

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About 85 percent of the program’s previous 29 graduates now practice in rural, medically underserved areas. The mission of the residency program, which is housed at the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health in Hazard, is to prepare family physicians for careers in rural medicine, with a focus on meeting the health care needs of the people of rural Appalachia.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 29, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky’s East Kentucky Family Practice and Community Medicine Residency Program marked its 10th graduation ceremony June 26 by sending a new family physician into the world of professional health care delivery.

This year’s graduate, the residency program’s 30th overall, was Masuda C. Ahmad, M.D., a native of Bangladesh. She plans to practice family medicine in Harlan County, Ky. Six current family practice residents are scheduled to graduate from the program next year.

About 85 percent of the program’s previous 29 graduates now practice in rural, medically underserved areas. The mission of the residency program, which is housed at the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health in Hazard, is to prepare family physicians for careers in rural medicine, with a focus on meeting the health care needs of the people of rural Appalachia.

“Teaching family medicine to eager residents has been one of the most enjoyable duties of my career,” said Baretta R. Casey, M.D., director of the residency program and vice chairwoman of UK’s Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine, East Kentucky campus. “These bright, young physicians have chosen to do their specialty in family medicine, a field that encompasses the whole patient. It truly takes a special person who cares deeply for his or her patients to master the wide field of training.”

During graduation exercises, held at the First Federal Center, located on the campus of Hazard Community and Technical College, Ahmad received a key to the city of Hazard from Charlie Hammonds, assistant to Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman, and a rocking chair as a gift from the residency program.

After graduating from medical school, doctors must perform a residency before they can become specialized in a particular field of medicine. In the case of family practice, the residency lasts three years. While with the East Kentucky Family Practice and Community Medicine Residency Program, residents are trained in every facet of family medicine – from newborn and geriatric care to obstetrics and women’s health – during rotations at the UK Family Medicine Clinic in Hazard, the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center and other host sites.


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