Dr. Jason Medina: R. Michael Ragsdale, M.D., Award in Family Practice

Dr. Jason Medina loves patients, and he's proven to be a natural with all of them.

"He is patient-oriented, concerned about the person and not just the disease. Jason will make a great 'family doc' ... the kind our profession needs," said Dr. Timothy Williams, a local physician with Family Health Care Associates and 1983 UT Southwestern graduate with whom Dr. Medina worked on his family practice rotation.

Dr. Medina said he came to medicine because he liked the biological sciences, and "I love interacting with people."

The Austin native and graduate of UT Austin is the winner of the 2005 R. Michael Ragsdale, M.D., Award in Family Practice. The award is given each year to an outstanding graduating student in family practice. He received a plaque and $500.

Dr. Jason Medina

The award was created in the memory of a Dallas family physician who served as a preceptor to many UT Southwestern students and who was very active in the Texas Academy of Physicians.

Dr. Medina "typifies what we want" in a family practitioner, Dr. Williams said. "It was obvious he was highly motivated to become a family physician."

During his last year at UT Southwestern, Dr. Medina volunteered about once a month at First Baptist Church's Dallas Life Foundation evening clinic. He said the clinic really is "old-fashioned medicine." Because of the lack of resources, care is based on patient interviews and only the most basic of diagnostic tests. He's seen everything from the common cold to heart failure.

Dr. Medina, who will serve his residency at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and Providence Hospital in Waco, said he would consider a fellowship in academic medicine.

While he's thought about geriatrics, he has second thoughts about not seeing a full range of patients. "I don't think I'd want to give up seeing kids."

But he and his wife, Kendra, a speech pathologist, definitely want to stay in Texas near their families. Ideally, he said, he would like to live in a small town 30 minutes outside a big city, preferably in East Texas. "I like the trees more than the desert," he said.