The University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine – Humboldt
General Hospital Rural Family Medicine Residency Program recently graduated
its fourth class of fully trained family medicine physicians.
The June 26 graduation marked the culmination of a three-year training
program for Dr. Hind Elsanousy and Dr. David Masuck, and a successful
endeavor by HGH to improve access to primary care in the region.
As part of the program, the two doctors completed rotations in emergency
medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiology, surgery, orthopedics, geriatrics
and community medicine.
Additionally, they saw their own patients in Humboldt General Hospital’s
Family Medicine Residency Clinic, offering a full spectrum of family care,
from prenatal to end of life.
Dr. Elsanousy will now pursue an OB Fellowship, while Dr. Masuck has accepted
a position at Humboldt General Hospital as a family practice physician
beginning August 1.
Residency is a stage of graduate medical training where new physicians
practice medicine under the direct and indirect supervision of an attending
physician; successful completion of a residency program is a requirement
for obtaining a medical license.
During the June 26 graduation ceremony, Elissa Palmer, MD, FAAFP, Professor
and Chair of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine Department
of Family and Community Medicine, said the UNLV-HGH partnership has graduated
seven Resident Physicians to date, but she continues to marvel at what
it took to arrive at this point.
“This is a celebration of a truly amazing process,” she said.
“Despite many obstacles, we never gave up.”
Dr. Palmer said the Nevada Office of Rural Health set its sights on a residency
program in 1989; the program did not see its first graduate until 2017,
but Dr. Palmer said the process has continued to thrill her. “This
program is very near and dear to my heart.”
Aron Rogers, DO, Associate Professor and Program Director for the Rural
Family Medicine Residency, shared his “bittersweet” feelings
at celebrating the accomplishments of the two new graduates—and
now having to “send them off into the world.”
“Today is a celebration of your hard work and commitment to practicing
family medicine,” Dr. Rogers told the graduates. “It’s
been a pleasure working with both of you; you’re going to do wonderful
Humboldt County Hospital District Board of Trustees Chairman JoAnn Casalez
said the collaboration with the University of Nevada Las Vegas School
of Medicine has meant many things for the Humboldt County community, including
increased access to healthcare, increased academic standards and more
Perhaps the best aspect of the collaboration, said Casalez, is that HGH
helps train and educate up-and-coming physicians, who are then able to
share that knowledge with the nation, and perhaps someday the world.
“Truly, we understand at a very personal level how relevant it is
that the Greek word for doctor means ‘teacher,’” she said.
Even as Dr. Elsanousy and Dr. Masuck move on to their future roles, Casalez
said, “We wish to remind them that they will always be part of the
HGH Team: valuable and memorable partners in showing compassion, sharing
knowledge and providing exceptional patient care.”
The rural residency program was founded with parts of multiple federally
funded grants. The physicians spend Year 1 with the Department of Family
Medicine in Las Vegas and then Years 2 and 3 in Winnemucca under the supervision
of attending physician, Dr. Robert Westling, at the HGH Family Medicine
Dr. Yatin Dhir and Dr. Joseph Ricioli are now the program’s chief
residents; Dr. Trenton Argyle and Dr. Samuel Gong recently arrived in
Winnemucca as the program’s new Year 2 residents.