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 Inez Leal Elder, MD. She was born in San Antonio, Texas. She studied Biology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio prior to completing her degree in medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine in San Antonio. Dr. Elder also attained a Master of Public Health degree from UT Health in Houston and has a passion for community health.Dr. Elder hopes to become well rounded and to treat all different types of patients and diseases; she has a great interest in adolescent health, women’s health and obstetrics.  She is driven by her desire to improve the lives of her patients by helping them further understand their health.

Dr. Elder is enjoying her new life here in Victoria with her husband, Drew, and their delightful pets. In her time off, she enjoys cooking dinner with friends and reading both novels and comics.

We wish Dr. Elder the best. She will be live on air with us Tuesday morning