SOMC Family Practice Program Receives Five-Year Certification

The Family Practice Residency Program at Southern Ohio Medical Center has received a five-year certification through the Program and Training Review Council (PTRC) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Terry A. Johnson, DO, the program director for SOMC’s program, credits SOMC’s outstanding medical education team for this success.

“We have a great group of dedicated people who are committed to going the extra mile to make the Family Practice Residency a quality effort through and through,” says Johnson. “Our dedication to our patients and to the education of our residents is second to none.”

In 1999 Johnson opened the family practice residency in Lucasville. The Lucasville Family Practice Center is the residency’s continuity of care clinic and it is a vital part of the health care for many rural citizens who live in and around Lucasville.

Johnson, a clinical associate professor of Family Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM), is also an assistant dean of that institution. On any given day his clinic is a beehive of activity as he supervises students, interns and residents in the delivery of quality family medical care in a rural environment.

Johnson’s family practice residents rotate through all of their required educational experiences within the SOMC system. “Our core faculty members are top flight—they are dedicated to helping us turn out the very best young physicians possible.”

Among the many specialties that the residents rotate through at SOMC are surgery, emergency medicine, OB/Gyn, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, nephrology, urology, geriatrics and pediatrics.

“Quality is the key to everything we do,” he says. “I can’t tell you how much it means to have earned the recognition of a five year certification through the AOA. So long as we continue to keep our patients first in mind in everything we do, and so long as we stick to the central principle of providing a first rate educational experience for our trainees, good things will continue to come our way.”

The five-year certification is effective through Nov. 1, 2012.