Nothing matches the personal care you receive from your own family doctor. Thanks to the new St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency program, within a few years Northwest Ohio will have more family doctors than ever before.

The program pairs accomplished board-certified physicians with outstanding medical school graduates to prepare them for a career in family medicine. This gives future family doctors a foundation of excellence that combines leading edge treatments with time-tested principles.

“St. Luke’s believes in investing in the health of the region,” said St. Luke’s Hospital president Dan Wakeman.  It’s an idea that has roots way back in 1906, when surgeon William Gillette and his wife took the initiative to buy a small house at Robinwood and Delaware avenues in the Old West End. That became Robinwood Hospital, the original St. Luke’s.

“We’re continuing that community leadership by taking responsibility for providing the area with ongoing family care,” Wakeman said. He added that the community will feel an immediate impact, because new patients are already being accepted.

What’s more, family practice residents have historically remained in Toledo after graduation, providing a much-needed, long-term source of new physicians for the area. Each year of the program will graduate more doctors,

Residents are perfectly matched to St. Luke’s

Residents are chosen through the National Residency Matching Program, which uses a variety of criteria to pair the skills and aspirations of medical school graduates with the needs and requirements of residency programs. This year, six residents have been matched to St. Luke’s, hailing from places as far away as the Caribbean, and as close by as the University of Toledo (UT).

Calling the new Residents class “superb”, Program Director Louito C. Edje, MD, MHPE, FAAFP noted that the matched residents were each ranked in the Top 10 by the Resident Selection Committee.  “All six medical students have a strong commitment to the core values of family medicine,” she said.

Toledo is their home

Dr. Zack Dooley, a graduate of both Sylvania Schools and the University of Toledo, chose residency at St. Luke’s because he was looking for a supportive, family-oriented program. He and his wife, who is a nurse, have extended family in the area and hope to make Northwest Ohio a lifelong home for them and their daughter. Passionate about global health, Dr. Dooley would eventually like to bring wilderness medicine to St. Luke’s, developing and leading a residency focused on medical care in harsh circumstances, where supplies and technology are limited or not available at all.

Resident Dr. Peter Nguyen, another graduate of UT, believes the community setting of St. Luke’s Hospital will give him the best training possible for a family physician. He and his fiancée, also a family physician, want to make an impact in the community.

“In general, there is a shortage of family physicians. This is especially true for Northwest Ohio,” Dr. Nguyen said. “As a second-generation Vietnamese-American, born in the U.S. to parents who fled Vietnam after the war, it’s been my life duty to give back to my community.”

“No urgent care could ever hope to match the level of understanding you get with a personal doctor,” Wakeman said. “At a time when both care and insurance requirements are more complicated than ever, this is an excellent opportunity to get a regular doctor and take advantage of everything they have to offer you and your family.”

Dr. Edje agreed. “Patients who have family physicians have better health outcomes. A family Medicine Residency invests in producing excellent family physicians.”

High-tech resources, patient-centered care

The residents will have access to all the resources within the high-quality St. Luke’s community, while also seeing patients at the brand new St. Luke’s Family Medicine Center located just off N. Dixie Highway/State Route 25. Opening July 1, the center is equipped with the latest technology and offers everything on one floor, as well as abundant, free parking.

Need a doctor? The Family Medicine Center is now taking new patients. Call 419.873.6836 or go to StLukesHospital.com/FamilyMedicine for more information.