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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Physician Elected Vice President of Florida Academy of Family Physicians Board
07/31/2008

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 31, 2008) - For the fourth consecutive year, a University of South Florida (USF) Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Resident has been elected as vice president of the Resident Directors Board for the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP). Elizabeth “Brooke” Orr, M.D., was inducted by the FAFP on Saturday, June 14 at a ceremony held in Naples, Florida.

“To represent the vice presidency position for four consecutive years is an honor and demonstrates the USF Morton Plant Mease commitment to informing and educating medical residents across Florida about family medicine,” said George E. Hutter, M.D., FAAFP, associate director, USF Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program.

The vice president and resident directors are elected by voting delegates from family medicine residency programs in Florida. Their role is to bring together physicians in residency programs and medical students to discuss family medicine and offer guidance to the FAFP Board of Directors on various health related topics. Prior to Dr. Orr’s induction, Kirksak “Jay” Poonkasem, M.D. held the vice president and resident director positions representing the USF Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program.

“This past year I created an online bulletin board to help enhance communication between all the residency programs in Florida as well between medical students from all of the medical schools in the state. It’s worked well,” said Dr. Poonkasem.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to serving as an important liaison between residents and the FAFP Board of Directors,” said Dr. Orr.

The vice presidency and resident director positions are one year terms. Dr. Orr is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Poonkasem is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Following his term as vice president and resident director, Dr. Poonkasem began an administrative fellowship with the USF Morton Plant Mease Residency Program teaching residents at the Turley Family Health Center where the residency program is based.

About the Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program

The USF Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program prepares physicians to become part of a local community setting and to embrace the philosophy of community leadership and responsibility. The program and family medicine clinic is based at the Turley Family Health Center in Clearwater, Florida. In 2002, the United States Department of Health and Human Services recognized the Turley Family Health Center as a National Community Center of Excellence in women’s health. As a CCOE, Turley Family Health Center is responsible for addressing the cultural and socioeconomic challenges to quality health care for medically underserved men, women and children in Pinellas County.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager

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