"Back to School" Begins at Genesis with 28 FAU Medical Residents

Business and Professional

August 19, 2015

From: Genesis Community Health

Not all fall classes begin this week in Palm Beach County. At Genesis Community Health, a class of medical residents has already begun its work treating patients in a unique and dynamic setting.


As part of a novel partnership between Genesis, Bethesda Health and Florida Atlantic University that began this month, 28 medical resident physicians are completing their required rotations, serving as part of the community clinic's staff. They will examine, diagnosis and treat patients, while under the supervision and direction of Dr. Kenneth Poon, Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science and Associate Program Director of the FAU Internal Medicine Residency.


Located on the campus of Bethesda Hospital East across from the Emergency Department, Genesis is an alternative resource for urgent care, as well as family care, routine check-ups, testing and examinations for under-insured patients or those with no insurance. Genesis also provides OB-GYN examinations, HIV/AIDS testing, chronic condition diagnosis and management, school- and sports-required exams, and dental care.


"As a Federal Qualified Health Center, Genesis serves a population with a wide variety of social and cultural statuses, largely under-privileged, with a significant amount of unmet health care needs. Caring for patients in that setting offers the FAU internal medicine resident physicians a unique experience in understanding and addressing the dynamic between a patient's individual socioeconomic barriers, healthcare needs, and surrounding healthcare infrastructure," said Dr. Poon.


"By forming strong relationships with their patients through continuity of care, applying evidence-based, medical decision-making fostered by the College of Medicine and supplying a little problem-solving ingenuity, we anticipate the training will mature residents into high quality physicians, who continue to evolve with the advancements in medicine and who are prepared to face challenges within the community and within the healthcare industry."


According to Roger L. Kirk, FACHE, President & CEO, Bethesda Health, the partnership among Florida Atlantic University, Genesis and Bethesda provides many benefits for resident physicians and patients.


"By giving FAU's resident physicians the opportunity to practice in a community hospital-based clinic with the highest commitment to quality, safety and medical outcomes, together, we can provide true community benefit for our patients, thus improving the health of our community," Kirk said.


The residents' program at Genesis is an extension of the Graduate Medical Education Consortium with FAU that was established in 2011 by Bethesda Health, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Tenet's Delray Medical Center, St. Mary's Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center. The establishment of the consortium of healthcare providers furthered FAU's commitment to increase much needed medical residency positions in Palm Beach County to ensure that the region will continue to have an adequate and well-trained physician workforce. Medical residencies take between three to seven years to complete depending on the specialty and are required as part of the training for medical school graduates to become board-certified physicians.


The consortium provides access to clinical settings for healthcare education, research and patient care services to support and enhance the college's clinical training programs for residents. The consortium also helps ensure that all FAU medical students have the opportunity to interact with residents, a requirement of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the national organization that accredits U.S. and Canadian medical schools.


About Genesis Community Health:

Since opening its doors in 2010, Genesis Community Health has become the medical home for more than 3,000 patients from Boynton Beach and the surrounding area. Genesis is located in Boynton Beach within Bethesda Hospital East, 2815 South Seacrest Boulevard, adjacent to the Emergency Room. 


Genesis is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to promote and provide health care to people of all economic levels, with special sensitivity to the needs of economically disadvantaged people of diverse cultural backgrounds in and around Palm Beach County. Genesis Community Health is an access point of care for patients who traditionally do not have adequate access to the health care system. Genesis is currently funded through the US Department of Health and Human Services, Quantum Foundation and the Palm Healthcare Foundation. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 561.735.6553, visit www.gencomhealth.org.


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About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU's world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU's existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.


About Bethesda Health:

Founded in 1959, Bethesda Health, Inc., is a healthcare organization serving the medical needs of South Palm Beach County with a mission to provide quality health services in a caring manner. With two not-for-profit hospitals, 401-bed Bethesda Hospital East and 80-bed Bethesda Hospital West, Bethesda Health is comprised of more than 670 physicians and 2,500 employees.  Bethesda Health and its affiliates offer a full array of healthcare services, including the Bethesda Heart Hospital for cardiovascular services; the Bethesda Orthopaedic Institute; general, vascular and endovascular surgery, maternity, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, cancer services and women's health. Bethesda Hospital West, which opened in January 2013, is an 80-bed, all private room, state-of-the-art hospital, with a 24-hour Emergency Department for adults and children, located on the corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and US-441. Services include: general, medical, surgical and intensive care, a state-of-the-art interventional hybrid OR suite, as well as diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation. Bethesda Health is honored to be part of a consortium of Palm Beach County hospitals selected to partner with Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education program. Visit us at www.BethesdaWeb.com.




Caption) Standing  (l-r): Andre Kydd, MD, PhD; Kenneth Poon, MD; Maaz Sohail, MD; Yotam Papo, MD. Seated (l-r): Jessica Ramirez, MD; Stephanie Zettner, MD