Texas A&M Health Science Center and DeTar Healthcare System announced a partnership earlier this year that established a family medicine residency program in Victoria. This past July the three-year program accepted its first six residents. The curriculum will encourage participants to continue practicing in the area. The first class of residents recruited will be led by Dr. Sidney Ontai, director of DeTar Family Medicine Residency and assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. For a physician to practice medicine they must go through three years of training in their desired specialty called residency. These physicians chose the DeTar Family Medicine Center to start their career. The residents will complete their training in June 2019. DeTar received more than 1,000 applications.

This week we highlight Dr. Chikezie Ochieze, MD. He will be live on air with us Tuesday morning.  Chikezie Ochieze, MD was born in Nigeria, where he attended medical school and began practicing as a physician before moving to Houston in 2011. Dr. Ochieze,  his wife Florence, his mother-in-law, and his infant daughter moved to Victoria with hopes of building their home and raising a family in Victoria, which reminds him of his hometown. He is particularly interested in learning how to fish. One of his favorite pastimes is spending time with his family. Dr. Ochieze wants to surpass his teachers and make them proud. At an early age, he was struck by an illness in his eyes, but he never let that stop him from his studies. That time in his life is his driving force behind everything he does. His overcoming of that illness empowers him. Thinking back to that time, he knows he can get through anything, and he instills that same passion in all his patients.

We wish Dr. Ochieze the best.