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Wednesday, November 21 2012

LRMC’s GME Program: Shaping the Future of Medicine

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Recently, I had the honor of taking on a new role within Lakeland Regional Health Systems, and I’m excited to be a part of an era that will bring graduate medical education to our hospital and community. 

I received my undergraduate and graduate medical education in Canada under the governance of LCME and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  That system was rigorous in training high quality physicians, the majority of which were family medicine and internal medicine graduates. As a subspecialist in urology, I learned quickly the importance of having the primary care physician champion involved in the patient’s care.

As I pursued Fellowship training in urologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, I found that we had access to the best treatments and delivery systems, which were improving patient outcomes and giving hope to those with otherwise incurable cancers.

When I moved to UAMS, the only medical school in Arkansas, I was able to implement some of what I had experienced.  The campus had undergraduate and graduate medical education, as well as schools of nursing, dental hygiene, public health/epidemiology and biological sciences.  I worked within the Department of Urology to establish a multidisciplinary team that strove for excellence in clinical service, education, research and community outreach.

In 2009, I visited Lakeland Regional and its cancer center. I was intrigued by the quality of the people and the opportunities to bring state-of-the-art, quality cancer care to Central Florida.  Now, I am proud to bring whatever experience I have to make a positive change for the future as we join the USF Health System to become a teaching hospital.

Teaching is a most important core value in learning the craft of medicine, as it helps ensure the wisdom (experience + knowledge) of medicine is not lost or diluted. Graduate Medical Education will encourage and allow seasoned physicians to focus on effectively imparting what they have learned to future physicians, while equipping them with the tools necessary to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare for our citizens.

I believe the most effective way we can help shape the future of medicine is to equip our future physicians with not only the medical knowledge to improve patient care, but also those skills to cope with the challenges in healthcare delivery while maintaining their passion for the practice of medicine which fuels the whole system.

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Dr. Graham Greene
Dec 5, 10:43 AM

Kathy, we appreciate your enthusiasm. There are certainly exciting times ahead for our healthcare system and community.

Kathy Lustila
Nov 28, 5:18 PM

Thank you, Dr. Greene! It is wonderful to hear your passion for medicine and for teaching. Your efforts are appreciated. I am looking forward to be a part of the journey to improve our already exceptional quality through future physician education.
Kathy, RN

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