Chief Residents named for 2014-2015

Three resident physicians in the Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency were selected as chief residents for the 2014-2015 academic year. They are: Hunter Russell, MD; Sarah Mauthe, MD; and Kelly Shoemake, MD.

The chief residents were elected by their peers for being outstanding clinicians and for demonstrating leadership skills throughout the first two years of training. Their nomination was approved by faculty and the residency director, Richard Friend, MD, FAAFP.

The Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency is a three-year program of the College of Community Health Sciences that provides specialized training in the discipline of family medicine. The College’s residency is among the oldest and largest in the nation.

“I chose my residency in Tuscaloosa partially because of the vast amount of OB/GYN experience I would receive, but also because, at its heart, the Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency provides quality care to the underserved patients of West Alabama,” Shoemake says.

Shoemake received her medical degree in 2012 from the University of Mississippi in Jackson and plans to pursue a one-year fellowship in obstetrics and women’s health upon graduation from residency in June 2015. “After the fellowship, I would like to return to Mississippi to join a rural practice in order to provide optimal, accessible, broad-spectrum health care to the underserved citizens of Mississippi.”

Russell, a graduate of the College’s Rural Medical Scholars program, received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. “I chose the Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency because I felt it offered the best opportunity for me to become a great physician,” Russell says.

The Rural Medical Scholars program is a five-year track of medical studies leading to a medical degree that focuses on rural primary care and community medicine and gives students experience in rural settings through field trips, service programs and shadowing rural health professionals. 

“I chose the Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency because of the genuinely friendly residents that I met while interviewing here,” says Mauthe, who earned her medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine in Caribbean Netherlands although she is originally from Canada. “I plan to be a hospitalist after graduation and to hopefully stay in Alabama.”

The residents will take the place of current chief residents: JD Engelbrecht, MD; Jonathan Parker, DO, MS; and Mark Christensen, MD.

“I think these residents will offer excellence in leadership and management of the residency team,” Friend says. “We have great expectations that the new chief residents will continue the wonderful work done by our outgoing chiefs.”