Couchman Appointed Head of Family and Community Medicine at COM

August 5, 2005

(COLLEGE STATION) – Glen R. Couchman, M.D., associate professor of family and community medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, has been named Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine by the college’s dean, Dr. Christopher C. Colenda.
Dr. Couchman joined the College of Medicine faculty and the Scott & White staff in 1982. He served as vice chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine from 1997 to 2001, and as acting chair of the department for the past four years. Dr. Couchman has served as the Medical Director for the Scott and White Regional Clinic system since 2001 and was promoted from assistant to associate professor in 2003. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Scott & White Foundation as one of the Medical Trustees.
A fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, Dr. Couchman is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He continues to have a busy clinical practice in Temple working with students and residents in the clinic and the hospital. His current research activities include the development of a Primary Care Research Network for Texas and a process to improve patient safety by identifying types of miscommunication that lead to medication errors. Dr. Couchman has also researched and published in the area of doctor-patient communication via email.
“The college could not have recruited a better candidate than Dr. Couchman to lead Family Medicine,” Dr. Colenda said. “Not only is he a skilled administrator and clinician, but he has increased the department’s research and scholarship reputation, recruited outstanding faculty who have taken a lead in our college’s educational program, and successfully built academic bridges with the A&M College of Medicine’s affiliated family medicine residency programs during his tenure as acting chairman. Dr. Couchman is a person of outstanding character and commitment.”
Dr. Couchman received his B.S. degree from the University of Iowa and earned his M.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his family practice residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and now resides in Belton, Texas with his wife and three children.

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