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SLV Celebrates Graduates from Residency Program

article from The Valley-Courier

Valley-Wide Health Systems is pleased to announce that the Alamosa Rural Training Track (RTT) Family Medicine Residency Program had its second graduation ceremony June 27th honoring Dr. Jim Do and Dr. Alexandra King.

Alamosa RTT Residency Program provides medical education and training for Family Medicine residents in an accredited residency program while they live and work in a rural community.  Training begins with the internship year at Centura/St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo and the next two years are spent in Alamosa.  The residency program is integrated with Valley-Wide Health Systems for primary care and with SLV Health hospital for specialty rotations.

SLV wishes the graduating residents well in their careers as family medicine physicians.  Dr. Do has joined Kaiser Permanente Medical Office in Brighton and Dr. King has joined an FQHC family practice clinic in Belen, NM.

Dr. Tammy Gregg, Site Director of the Alamosa RTT program, complimented the new graduates: “Congratulations to our newest graduates: Dr. Do and Dr. King. I know that both will be excellent physicians and we will miss them dearly here in our community. We are happy to welcome our two new residents Dr. LaFevers and Dr. Naseef.”

Dr. Joseph Quintana was awarded “Faculty of the Year” by the residents and Dr. Penny Cooper received the “Preceptor of the Year” award.

Dr. Quintana noted “It is an honor to have been selected faculty of the year for the RTT program.  It is an absolute pleasure to work with such highly motivated individuals who are in their final years of their family medicine training.  Having worked with Valley-Wide Health Systems for 28 years, most of which have been in San Luis, I feel I bring a uniquely rural perspective to their training. I am humbled that the residents feel that this rural perspective has been useful enough to them that they have bestowed the honor of this award to me”.

Dr. Cooper shared “I am overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude. I am grateful the residents were so interested in oncology and that I could share my specialty with them. I enjoy teaching the next generation of doctors how to keep learning. In oncology, we treat a set of diseases. It is important to learn how to indentify the questions that need to be asked, and how to find those answers. Thank you to Dr. King and Dr. Do for this award. I wish them both the best in their new careers." 

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