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MVHS Holds Graduate Medical Education Graduation

MVHS Holds Graduate Medical Education Graduation

Ten doctors graduated from St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program on Friday, June 28, 2019, bringing the total number of family physicians completing the three-year, postdoctoral training program, accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education and American Osteopathic Association, to 288. The program is an affiliate of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).

Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Mark Warfel, DO, FAAFP, and Associate Program Director for Outpatient Education, Julie Betro Shkane, DO, presented awards.

“The Residency Program was established in 1975 and has grown over the years from three to 10 residents. In 1995, the program relocated to its current location on 120 Hobart Street in Utica,” said Dr. Warfel. “Historically, 50 percent of the program’s graduates have stayed to work in the Upstate New York region to practice, adding to the primary care work force.”

There are 30 residents in training, 10 in each year of the three-year program. There are five graduating residents that will stay in the area to work, and four that will work for MVHS.

A graduation ceremony and dinner were held at Delta Hotel in Utica, New York. Several awards were presented, honoring graduates, residents and faculty members.

Family Medicine Residency graduates are:

Sophie Alesna-Sabang, MD - A graduate of the Cebu Institute of Medicine, Philippines. Dr. Alesna-Sabang will be working at the MVHS New Hartford Medical Arts Office.

Heraa Chaudhry, MD - A graduate of the Medical University of the Americas (MUA), St. Kitts and Nevis. Dr. Chaudhry will be working in the MVHS Washington Mills Medical Office.

Kyung Auh, MD – A graduate of the American University of Antigua. Dr. Auh will be working in an Urgent Care Office in Virginia.

Phillips S. Cao, MD – A graduate of American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Dr. Cao will be working in outpatient medicine with the University of Florida Health at the Callahan, Florida clinic.

Yagnasri Eagala, MD – A graduate of American University of Antigua. Dr. Eagala will be working at the MVHS Herkimer Medical Office.

Captain William I. Lin, MD – A graduate of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Lin will be working for the U.S. Air Force in the Urgent Care Clinic and as a Flight Physician in Del Rio, Texas and Irvine, California.

Gregory Marra, MD – A graduate of Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Facultad de Medicina, Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Marra anticipates that he will be practicing outpatient medicine in Oneida County.

Allysa Prashad, MD – A graduate of the American University of Antigua. Dr. Prashad will be working at the MVHS New Hartford Crossroads Plaza Medical Office.

Sukhi Sandhu, MD – A graduate of the St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine. Dr. Sandhu anticipates that she will be practicing outpatient medicine in either Nevada or New York.
 
George Wickramanayake, MD – A graduate of St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine. Dr. Wickramanayake has joined an Outpatient Primary Care office with focus on geriatrics at ChenMed, located in Tampa, Florida.

AWARDS PRESENTED:

The Golden Apple Award for commitment to high standards of education and unsurpassed dedication in teaching residents was presented to Goutham Malempati, MD.

The Distinguished Faculty Award for commitment to high standards in clinical education and dedication to the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program was presented to Family Medicine Physician, Nay Linn Aung, MD.

The Surgical Award for Excellence, presented by Leo Sullivan, MD, of Surgical Associates of Utica for the best knowledge and understanding of surgery during residency training was presented to Nicholas Grillo, MD, and Mark Bristol, MD.
    
The Excellence in ENT Award, presented by Fayez Chahfe, MD, of The Chahfe Center, for the best knowledge and understanding of otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery during residency training was presented to Gregory Marra, MD.

The Excellence in Inpatient Medicine Award, selected by the MVHS Hospitalist Group and presented by Jatin Patel, MD, Associate Program Director for Inpatient Education, is presented annually to the first-and third-year residents who distinguish themselves in demonstrating the ACGME core competencies in the inpatient setting, as well as consistently exceeding minimum requirements, and are self-motivated as to seek opportunities for educational involvement. This award was presented to Michael Tsadyk, MD, and Allysa Prashad, MD.

The First Year Family Medicine Resident Award for Excellence, given to the first-year resident that consistently demonstrates all-around excellence as recognized by his/her faculty, attendings, peers and staff was presented to Brian Zylinski, DO.
   
The Second Year Family Medicine Resident Award for Excellence, given to the second year resident that consistently demonstrates all-around excellence as recognized by his/her faculty, attendings, peers and staff was presented to Shana Eaglefeathers, DO.              

2019 STFM Resident Teacher Award is given to recognize teaching contributions by residents. This award is given annually to a resident who has best demonstrated interest in and commitment to family medicine education and was presented to Allysa Prashad, MD.

Sister Rose Vincent Award. The Sister Rose Vincent Gleason Award was established in 2005 in honor of Sister Rose Vincent Gleason upon her retirement as the President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Medical Center. The award honors Sister Rose Vincent and other key physician leaders in the area who had the foresight in 1976 to successfully establish the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program. This award is presented annually to an individual who, like Sister Rose Vincent, has demonstrated support for the Family Medicine Residency and has exemplified leadership in the promotion of the program. This award was presented to Francis Chabot, MD.

The William J. Zombek, MD, Memorial Award was given to the resident who exemplifies excellence in clinical performance, quality patient care and overall positive mannerism to patients served, as well as positive relationships with peers and support personnel, was presented to Phillips Cao, MD.

The Roger D. Moore, MD, Award, given to a graduating resident who demonstrates extraordinary integrity during his or her three-year residency, was presented to Sophie Alesna-Sabang, MD and George Wickramanayake, MD.

Kenneth Werner, MD was recognized for his dedication in education and mentorship of the Family Medicine Residents in his role as Lead Preceptor since 2010. Dr. Werner retired in December 2018.


Photo Caption: (From left to right) Graduates, Allysa Prashad, MD; William Lin, MD; Gregory Marra, MD; Sukhjinder Sandhu, MD; Yagnasri Eagala, MD; Heraa Chaudhry, MD; Greorge Wickramanayake, MD; Kyung Auh, MD; Phillips Cao, MD and Sophie Alesna-Sabang, MD.

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