Published September 7, 2021
Twelve residents from the family medicine residency program are providing patient care at Jericho Road Community Health Center’s new family medicine clinic at 182 Breckenridge St. on Buffalo’s West Side.
In 2019, Jericho Road welcomed four residents from the program into the Urban/Buffalo General — Jericho Road Track, and that number has now tripled in just two years. The residents — who treat outpatients and Jericho Road patients admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center — are trained in the full spectrum of family medicine, including care for patients of all ages in both clinics and hospitals, with a special focus on refugee and underserved patient populations.
“This partnership with UB is really big for us,” says Myron Glick, MD, a Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences alumnus and Jericho Road’s founder and CEO. “As Jericho Road has grown, we’ve put a lot of priority on not only advancing quality and affordable patient care, but also training, equipping and investing in the next generation of family physicians.”
“Our purpose is certainly to sustain the mission of Jericho Road, but, more so, to build a better health care system overall,” Glick adds. “Without UB’s commitment alongside us, we would not be nearly as able to inspire new medical providers to spend their careers in safety-net medicine, serving patients who are often not cared for elsewhere.”
“Jericho Road is a sought-after training location for UB residents and students. Their work fulfills the desire to provide humanistic care and make a difference,” says Berger, who is also a clinical associate professor of family medicine in the Jacobs School and a physician with UBMD Family Medicine.
“The partnership between the family medicine residency program and Jericho Road has been an important step toward providing health care for some of the most vulnerable communities in Western New York,” says Jennifer M. Corliss, MD, clinical assistant professor of family medicine and director of the family medicine residency program.
As of June 2022, four residents per year will graduate from the training track.
“There is a primary care physician shortage both locally and nationally,” adds Corliss, who is also a physician with UBMD Family Medicine. “We are delighted to hear that the majority of residents training at Jericho Road plan to remain within the community after completion of their training. These physician graduates will make a direct and immediate impact by providing quality health care and expanding access to care for patients in Western New York.”
The new clinic, located around the corner from Jericho Road’s Barton Street health center, had its official opening on Aug. 20. It houses 10 exam rooms, which are used to provide primary care, women’s health care and maternity care. Family medicine resident physicians see their own patients and review treatment plans and strategies with James Stoltzfus, MD, and Elizabeth Harding, MD, both clinical assistant professors of family medicine, who oversee the residency track at Jericho Road.
In addition to areas dedicated to patient care, the building also includes classroom space for continuing resident education.