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Dale Crawford Allison, M.D. Program Co-Chair, 65th Annual Session and Scientific Assembly Chair, TAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development Waco, Texas
Robert F. Shields, D. … more
Member of the Month: Ikemefuna Charles Okwuwa, M.D.
Resident dreams of teaching, tells first-years to “seize every opportunity”
Ikemefuna Charles Okwuwa, M.D., is a third-year … more
By Jason Hill
RRNeT network coordinator
The Research Residency Network of Texas, or RRNeT, is a collaboration of 10 Texas family medicine residency programs across the state, representing 100 family physician faculty and 300 family medicine residents who see approximately 300,000 outpatient visits per year. The program is comprised of physicians and researchers who meet bi-monthly to discuss research projects. RRNET is united by a single goal: to generate medical research that meets the needs of our diverse patient population. RRNeT’s patients are comprised of Latinos (55 percent), African Americans (12 percent), Caucasians (27 percent), and Asians (4 percent).
To begin a study, physicians discuss reoccurring medical issues and concerns arising in their day-to-day clinical work. “What patient issues are most puzzling or worrisome?” A consensus answer to this question often determines the research agenda for the upcoming year. Each year, one or two large research studies are implemented. Research topics to date have included alternative medicine use, medication compliance, teen preventive care, cost-efficient care, low back pain, and obesity. After selecting a research topic, RRNeT members derive specific research aims to shed light on underlying causes, further describe the topic, and test linkages between the causes and associated health outcomes. Then study design, sampling, procedures, and data collection processes are determined. At this point, RRNeT members acquire permission to conduct the study with their respective institutional review boards.more
Lamia Kadir, MD Program Chair, 2015 C. Frank Webber Lectureship Family Physician, Private Practice Family Medicine Austin Austin, Texas
Philip Alapat, MD Assistant Professor, … more
Member of the Month: Christine Criscuolo Higgins, M.D.
Academic physician’s love of fitness inspires community involvement
Christine Criscuolo Higgins, M.D., is a clinical … more