Release Date: August 20, 2021
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Twelve University at Buffalo family medicine residents are providing patient care at Jericho Road Community Health Center’s new family medicine clinic at 182 Breckenridge St. on Buffalo’s West Side. The new clinic, located around the corner from Jericho Road’s Barton Street health center, opened last month; an official opening was held today.
In 2019, Jericho Road welcomed its first cohort of four physicians from the Family Medicine Residency Program at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB. The residency track now has 12 family medicine providers who treat outpatients and Jericho Road patients admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center.
“This partnership with UB is really big for us,” said Myron Glick, MD, a Jacobs School 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. 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.”
Roseanne C. Berger, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education, associate professor of family medicine in the Jacobs School and a physician with UBMD Family Medicine, noted: “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.”
The new, two-floor clinic 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 their attending physicians, James Stoltzfus, MD, and Elizabeth Harding, MD, 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.
“The partnership between the UB 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,” said Jennifer M. Corliss, MD, clinical assistant professor of family medicine, director of the family medicine residency program and physician with UBMD Family Medicine. “In 2019, the UB Family Medicine Residency Program expanded to include a residency training track at Jericho Road Community Health Center. The residents at Jericho Road 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.
“There is a primary care physician shortage both locally and nationally,” Corliss said. “As of June 2022, four residents per year will graduate from this training track. 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,” she said, “will make a direct and immediate impact by providing quality health care and expanding access to care for patients in Western New York.”