Ten family physicians recently graduated from the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and all have accepted full-time positions at various hospitals across the country.
During their four years of residency, the Class of 2021 delivered more than 1,800 babies and treated more than 24,000 patients at the Lawrence, Haverhill and Methuen Health Center clinical sites. Wendy Barr, director of the Lawrence family medicine residency program, noted that COVID-19 was making things more difficult than usual
“All residents have worked tirelessly over the past year, manning the dedicated COVID wings at Lawrence General Hospital, holding the hands of patients as they take their last breaths and comforting the families of those patients on the phone or tablet who have just lost loved ones. It was incredibly stressful and no one could have expected to work under such conditions,” she said.
In addition to advocating for their patients, Barr said, “They educated the community on how to prevent the spread of COVID, and when the vaccines came they doubled down and that class was all over Lawrence – in English and Spanish. – telling everyone about how important it was to get vaccinated.
The graduating physicians and their placements were Elie Ata, Community Medical Associates (Lawrence General Hospital), Lawrence; Layla Cavitt, FQHC and Inpatient Detox Hospital, Miami, Florida; Julia Cooper, Institute for Family Health/Harlem Family Medicine Residency, New York; Jamie Ellis, Community Medical Associates (Lawrence General Hospital), Lawrence; Caroline Komanecky, GLFHC North Site, Lawrence; Rebecca Lee, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Boston; Yeri Park, White Memorial Family Practice Residency, East Los Angeles, CA; Tuhin Roy, GLFHC Main Site, Lawrence; Sumana Setty, South End Community Health Center and Boston Medical Center, Boston; and Jennifer Wolf, GLFHC South Site, Lawrence.