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Future in the Falls

 

How to get involved in the “Future in the Falls” program:

Are you currently a medical school student, intern, resident, or fellow with ties to Wichita Falls or the surrounding area?
Enroll in the Future in the Falls program here.

  • Would you like to recommend someone to the Future in the Falls program?
  • Want more information about the program?
  • Please contact Natalie Stary, Physician Recruiter, at 940-764-3016 or nstary@unitedregional.org.

Future in the Falls Scholarships

Grants from the J.S. Bridwell Foundation and the Bryant Edwards Foundation made it possible to award Future in the Falls scholarships to 13 medical students from the Wichita Falls area over the past two years. Contributions and grants to the Future in the Falls program are sought annually to encourage medical students to consider returning to the Wichita Falls area when they begin their medical practices.

On Monday, June 11 2018, five medical students were notified that each had been awarded a $3,000 scholarship through United Regional’s Future in the Falls program, a physician recruitment program designed to encourage those from our area to return upon completion of medical training. Thanks to several generous individuals and local foundations, scholarships were granted to Collin Buerger (Archer City, TX), Canon Cornelius (Burkburnett, TX), Jacob Heuring (Wichita Falls, TX), Nicole Monk (Wichita Falls, TX), and Mallory Schenk (Scotland, TX).

“I grew up in Archer City, and both my wife and I have strong family ties to the Wichita Falls area,” said Collin Buerger, third year student at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. “Med school can be a bit isolating at times, so it’s nice to have the support from people back home in whatever capacity possible. Helps me remember where I come from.”

In 2008, United Regional launched the program that evolved from a conversation between Phyllis Cowling, President and CEO of United Regional, and Dr. David Flack, pathologist and father of Dr. Allen Flack – medical student at the time. There was an agreement that individuals who are already familiar with the Wichita Falls community could be ideal candidates to help build the next generation of local physicians. So began the Future in the Falls program. Twelve physicians are currently practicing in Wichita Falls who went through the Future in the Falls program.

Dr. Allen Flack followed his father’s footsteps, and in fact joined him in practice at Pathology Associates of North Texas in Wichita Falls in 2015. He said, “Future in the Falls allowed a direct line of
communication to United Regional and area physicians. The support and guidance of the program enriched my medical school and residency training by providing a clearer vision for my future. Returning back to my home city was always a potential option, but the program made my decision to return much easier. I felt confident that my family and I would be tremendously supported. I’d absolutely encourage others to join the program.”

Since the establishment of a Future in the Falls Scholarship Fund in 2009, there have been a total of 43 scholarships awarded, totaling $131,000. Canon Cornelius, scholarship recipient and student at McGovern Medical School in Houston, TX, stated, “To receive this kind of support from my hometown gives me pride. The program means so much to me. There is nothing like it in any other city from what I can tell and it makes my classmates wish they were from the Wichita Falls area too.”