BELLE GLADE — The 10th class of family physicians graduating from Lakeside Medical Center didn’t just survive three years of medical residency. She imposed herself through coronavirus pandemic.
The five doctors who completed their work in June at Palm Beach County’s only public hospital have seen with their own eyes how COVID-19 has taken its toll on patients in rural Glades communities. They are the first class to see the pandemic mark their entire stay at Belle Glade.
“I remember the first COVID patient we treated at Lakeside and the wave of COVID as patients came and went,” said Jesse Grieb, who plans to practice medicine in Palm Beach County. .
“We all got together and got through it. In terms of preparation, I feel ready and more in control of my medical knowledge, understanding and clinical reasoning. »
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Lakeside is a teaching hospital in the Palm Beach County Health Care District. This year, it ranked as the nation’s most racially inclusive hospital, according to the Lown Institute, a think tank that studies how hospitals can better serve and support their patients and communities.
The state Agency for Health Care Administration funds the training of the 15 residents in the medical center’s family medicine residency program.
The five newly graduated family physicians – Benjamin Kosubevsky, Thy Hoang Bui, Janaki Saoji Juma, William Carson Draper and Grieb – have been trained in all of Lakeside’s medical departments, including emergency medicine, critical care and pediatrics .
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Three years ago when they began their residency, COVID-19 was just beginning to spread in underserved communities along the edge of Lake Okechobee. During most of their rotations, the area remained a case hotspot and reported some of the highest death rates in the county.
“The biggest impact this internship has had on me is the opportunity to serve the people of the Glades who really need help, and that has been extremely rewarding,” said Draper, who along with Grieb were the resident physicians in chef and who plans to practice outside of Salt Lake. Town.
“It helped me learn how to treat patients, empathize, and really put myself in people’s shoes to better understand their situation and the challenges they face,” Draper said.
Two physicians will practice in Palm Beach County, one in the Health Care District’s Brumback Clinics
Lakeside partners with Nova Southeastern University and Palm Beach County’s Florida Department of Health to offer the program, which also includes training in psychiatry, general surgery, geriatrics, sports, and community medicine.
Two of the five doctors will practice locally. In addition to Grieb, Bui will serve as a primary care provider at CL Brumback primary care clinics.
Lakeside is also welcoming five new residents to the program, the health care district said. They are: Sherene Falconer, Ryan Katwaroo, Sabari Nair, Sagar Saoji and Deena Werde.
“I applaud these graduates for their dedication to the patients of our hospital and the health of Glades residents during an unprecedented time in medicine,” said Darcy J. Davis, CEO of the Health Care District. “Their quality care and commitment have helped improve the health of the Glades region.”
Valentina Palm covers Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Loxahatchee and other western Palm Beach County communities for The Palm Beach Post. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ValenPalmB.