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Top row: Dr. WADI Suki and nephrolog y felo w Dr. Chad Rositer met with Jacoba Andrade. Bottom row: clarence slidel is treated bY nephrolog y felo w Dr. flordeli zA lilagan and Dr. suki. kidney disease caused by a gene mutation,” he says. About half of their clinic patients are HIV-positive, he adds, and “these are things the fellows would normally not see.” The patients are of diverse ethnicities, ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s. The young doctors must base decisions on limited resources and the lowest costs. The real-world environment creates a cycle of learning in which quality patient care and medical education go hand in hand. Fellows and residents get priceless patient care experience under physician mentors; patients receive rare specialty care at a nominal cost; and veteran physicians help train the next generation of nephrologists, neurologists and endocrinologists. “It is really rewarding and fulfilling, ” says nephrology fellow Dr. Chad Rossitter. For most of the community clinic patients, their kidney disease, uncontrolled diabetes and neurological issues would go untreated – often undiagnosed – if not for the specialty care that Drs. Suki, Ruppe and Simpson and their fellows provide. “This is the type of health care access and specialty care that my mother envisioned when she created the Endowed Fund years ago,” says Beth Robertson, Cullen Foundation trustee and daughter of Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Smith, who passed away in 2009. “It’s heartening to hear from the fellows how this clinic experience enriches their lives as physicians, while it also improves the quality of life for underserved patients. fulfiling the vision The program truly is the perfect blend of medical education and quality patient care, and we’re glad to be part of it.” houstonmethodist.org/foundation 25


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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