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MVHS graduates nine family medicine residents

Posted 7/5/22

Nine doctors graduated from the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program just over a week ago ...

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MVHS graduates nine family medicine residents

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UTICA — Nine doctors graduated from the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program just over a week ago, bringing the total number of family physicians completing the three-year, postdoctoral training program to 317.

The program is an affiliate of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).

Residency program director T. Eric Schackow, MD, PhD, said the physicians have trained and provided care at the St. Elizabeth Campus of MVHS, the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center on Hobart Street, the Women’s Health Center and at the Faxton and St. Luke’s campuses as affiliates of MVHS.

The graduation ceremony and dinner were held at Delta Hotel.

Several awards were presented, honoring graduates, residents and faculty members. Four of this year’s graduates will stay in the area to work, joining MVHS primary care practices. Historically, 50% of the program’s graduates have settled in the Upstate New York region to practice, adding to the primary care work force and helping to alleviate a shortage of physicians in the area.

The Residency Program was started in 1975-76 to attract more doctors to practice family medicine. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and by the American Osteopathic Association, and is affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA.

Family Medicine Residency Graduates:

  • Andrea Jervis-Woolf, MD — A graduate of Universidad Internacional Del Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador, Jervis-Woolf will work as a Family Medicine Faculty in Texas;
  • Maria Kuehl, DO — A graduate of University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, Kuehl will work as a hospitalist physician at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire;
  • Osnay Marrero, MD — A graduate of Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de la Habana, Cuba, Marrero will work in outpatient medicine in Palm Beach, Florida;
  • Gaurav Patel, MD — A graduate of Windsor University School of Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis, Patel will work in inpatient medicine in Wyoming;
  • Hoda Rahmani, MD — A graduate of The American University of Antigua, Rahmani will work in outpatient Family Medicine for our MVHS Waterville Medical Group office;
  • Manoraj Ratnaraj, MD — A graduate of Tver State Medical University in Tver, Russia, Ratnaraj will work in outpatient family medicine at the MVHS Oneida Office and inpatient medicine with MVHS;
  • Deepak Sharma, MD, MBA, MPH — A graduate of The American University of Antigua, Sharma will practice outpatient medicine at the MVHS Barneveld Office;
  • Julian Vallon, MD — A graduate of International American University College of Medicine in St. Lucia, Vallon will work in outpatient family medicine in New York, New York; and 
  • Mario Wassel, MD — A graduate of Spartan Health Sciences University, Saint Lucia, Wassel will practice outpatient medicine at MVHS Barneveld Office. 

Awards presented

  • The Golden Apple Award for commitment to high standards of education and unsurpassed dedication in teaching residents was presented to Shwe Win, 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 Rebecca LaValley, MD;
  • The Roger D. Moore, MD Integrity Award, given to a graduating resident who demonstrates extraordinary integrity during their three-year residency, was presented to Osnay Marrero Rodriguez, 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 faculty, attendings, peers and staff was presented to Yousaf Khan, MD;
  • The Second Year Family Medicine Resident Award for Excellence, given to the second-year resident that consistently demonstrates all-around excellence as recognized by faculty, attendings, peers and staff was presented to Pete Htwe, MD;        
  • The Sister Rose Vincent Gleason Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated consistent support for the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program, and who has embraced the mission and vision of the residency program. This award was presented to Katherine Warden, PhD;
  • 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 Manoraj Ratnaraj, MD;
  • The Exemplary 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 Manoraj Ratnaraj, MD;
  • Special recognition was given to Family Medicine Program Coordinator, Keirsten Burton for her crucial role in the success of the program and graduation event.

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