Local Physician Receives Honorary Degree From the American Academy of Family Physicians
MCALLEN, TEXAS — Adriana Gomez, MD, Hospitalist Medical Director at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The degree was conferred during a convocation on Friday, October 12, in conjunction with the AAFP's annual meeting in New Orleans.
Dr. Gomez has dedicated her entire professional career to become a champion of family medicine. In 2004, she graduated magna cum laude from the Luis Razetti School of Medicine at Universidad Central de Venezuela, before serving a rural Venezuelan community as its Primary Care Physician. Dr. Gomez participated in diabetes mellitus type 2, depression, pain management and elderly population research throughout her schooling. By 2010, she had completed Family Medicine Residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch and her Geriatric Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. Her passion and drive also led her to serve local hospice patients, where she continues to educate the community about hospice and palliative care in her various roles.
Currently, Dr. Gomez is a board-certified family practice physician and geriatrician with expertise in hospital medicine and palliative care. She has been working as a hospitalist for the past eight years, serving the Rio Grande Valley community in Texas, additionally practicing in nursing homes and post-acute care settings. In 2017, Dr. Gomez joined HNI Healthcare.
Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow consist of six years’ minimum membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research, and serving as a teacher of family medicine.
The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to require its members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. It is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.