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CHIEF RESIDENTS: Ross Grads Earn Chief Resident Spots for 2016-2017 Residency Year

August 15, 2016

Hundreds of Ross University School of Medicine graduates started residency training in July 2016. In the meantime, many of our graduates who are already deep in their training have earned the distinction of being named chief residents for the 2016-2017 year. Chief residents are entrusted with developing clinical rotation schedules, performing administrative duties, and supervising junior residents, among other responsibilities.

Wondering if someone you know was appointed chief resident recently? Check out the list below.

Is your name missing from this list? If so, please email communications@rossu.edu and we'll make sure it's addressed as soon as possible.

Diagnostic Radiology

  • Tim Fahey, MD, Ross Class of 2012: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, Illinois

Emergency Medicine

  • Anna Ciullo, MD, Ross Class of 2014: Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio

Family Medicine

  • Robert Haas, MD, Ross Class of 2014: St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, MI
  • Paul Hepworth, MD, Ross Class of 2012: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Sheena Malik, MD, Ross Class of 2014Kaiser Permanente (Fontana Medical Center), Fontana, CA
  • Ashley Slater, MD, Ross Class of 2013: St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, MI

Internal Medicine

  • JD Gentry, MD, Ross Class of 2013: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Natan Kraitman, MD, Ross Class of 2013: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Amanda Liggett, MD, Ross Class of 2012: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
  • Vijay Paryani, MD, Ross Class of 2012: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jennifer Segar, MD, Ross Class of 2012: Arizona Health Sciences Center (University of Arizona College of Medicine), Tucson, Arizona

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

  • Brendan Keleher, MD, Ross Class of 2014: Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Pathology

  • Christopher Hauch, MD, Ross Class of 2014: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas 

Pediatrics

  • Jennifer Kovatch, MD, Ross Class of 2014: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Kristen Lee, MD, Ross Class of 2013: St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, MI

Psychiatry

  • Carine Nzodom, Ross Class of 2014: Louisiana State University-Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Mitesh Patel, Ross Class of 2014: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

 

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CHIEF RESIDENT: Alum Tells His Couples Match Experience with Wife, RUSM Alumna

April 25, 2016

RUSM alumnus Brian Kendall, MD, Class of 2013, is Chief Resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

RUSM: What attracted you to RUSM?

Kendall: My wife and I were married for a year prior to applying for medical school and we wanted to attend the same school.  Ross [University School of Medicine] interviewed us both and made us feel welcome by inviting us to interview on the same day and meeting with us individually and as a couple.  It was a great experience and we knew that we would fit in well.
 
RUSM: How did you prepare for the NRMP® Match?

Kendall: We began preparing on the first day of medical school, by hunkering down and studying constantly.  We knew we would have to work hard to get the residencies we wanted (my wife is a general surgery resident), and so we would wake up early every morning Monday through Friday, head to the classroom to study before class, stay in class from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and then stay after class and continue to study until 10 p.m.  Saturdays we studied from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Sundays we would still study, but we also tried to rest and enjoy the island. 

Once off the island, we put all our effort into excelling at our rotations.  During interview season, we attended our respective national meetings to attend the residency fair and meet with programs from around the country.  We applied to a lot of programs since we were couples matching. We each had a call and email list, and we would reach out to each program every one to two weeks until we got an interview, or until they gave us an absolute “no.”  My wife ended up with 12 general surgery categorical interviews, I ended up with 18 emergency medicine interviews.  Even after all that, the couples-match did not work for us, as we got ranked to match at different places. Fortunately, it all worked out in the end.

RUSM: What are the top two or three ways RUSM helped prepare you for your residency position?

Kendall: Ross [University School of Medicine] instilled a mindset that you have to work hard to achieve what you want; nothing is just handed to you on a silver platter. 

The hospital at which we rotated, which was in Saginaw, Mich., was a great place to complete rotations. I got to do over 10 central lines, 10 arterial lines, 15 intubations, and a couple of other procedures, which put me well ahead of the game for residency.

Ross [University School of Medicine] also teaches you to think and work independently.

RUSM: What are the key factors that led to you achieving a chief resident position?

Kendall: I am personable, positive and easy to work with.  I have always enjoyed leadership positions, and feel comfortable in those roles.  

RUSM: What additional responsibilities have you assumed since becoming a chief resident?

Kendall: I'm on a couple of different committees.  My wife and I are completing residencies in different states, so our 4-year-old son and I are here in Dallas, so that is also a lot of responsibility!

RUSM: What’s next for you?

Kendall: I have a job lined up at an independent Emergency Medicine group in southeast Michigan, where my wife is a resident. Our son and I will join her there in July!
 

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CHIEF RESIDENT: Preparation was Key to Alum Landing His Ideal Residency

April 12, 2016

Dr. Grant K. Studebaker, class of 2013, gives his strategy for landing his preferred residency program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Jackson.

RUSM: What attracted you to RUSM?

Studebaker: What stood out for me was that RUSM takes a close look at applicants’ character and previous work experience; it views each student as a person and not just a score.  This approach was particularly evident during my interview.  The interviewer wanted to learn about who I was as a person, what I did in my previous jobs, and why I wanted to be a doctor. The conversation was very personable and not just focused on my academic performance and scores.

RUSM: How did you prepare for the NRMP® Match?

Studebaker: I studied hard at RUSM and for the USMLE® step exams.  I knew that I wanted to do my residency in family medicine so I did my electives in primary care to gain more experience.  When it was time for the Match, I narrowed down my search to my preferred geographical areas and made a list of all family medicine programs in each area, with a focus on academic settings and unopposed programs.  After creating that initial list, I looked closely at faculty, current residents, and the atmosphere of each program to find the one right for me.

RUSM: What are the top two or three ways RUSM helped prepare you for your residency position?

Studebaker: The academic experience at RUSM more than prepared me for success in residency.  Being a “Rossie” is more than just academics, however. By starting in Dominica and then traveling for rotations we learn to overcome any obstacle and adapt to any situation. This prepares us for the rigors of residency and allows us to be very successful.

RUSM: What are the key factors that led to you achieving a chief resident position?

Studebaker: Being named a chief resident was an honor. I believe the unique experience I had at RUSM helped prepare me for this position. During my clinical years, I had to stay very organized to be able to navigate scheduling my rotations, traveling, as well as studying.  Also, by always being in a new place for rotations I learned how to quickly become social and interact with people from various backgrounds.

RUSM: What additional responsibilities have you assumed since becoming a chief resident?

Studebaker: As chief resident, I am responsible for creating the schedules for all other residents.  This is a unique challenge as we are in an incredibly busy program with rotations in various specialties and community services, as well as in our clinic.  At the start of the year I was responsible for academic review and reviewing our residency manual for changes.  I am also responsible for orienting and lecturing to interns at the start of their training.  Once a month, I create a Medical Jeopardy lecture covering the latest Family Medicine Journal.  I also serve on various committees at the hospital and within our program. My most important duty, however, is to act as a liaison between faculty and residents, handling any conflict that arises.  

RUSM: What’s next for you?

Studebaker: After completing my residency program I will stay at the University of Tennessee–Jackson as faculty.

 

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CHIEF RESIDENT: Dr. Kemple Reviews Essential Skills Needed to Obtain, and then Excel in a Residency

April 04, 2016

Daniel Kemple, MD, Class of 2013, is a chief resident in the Emergency Medicine program at the University of Toledo.

RUSM: What attracted you to RUSM?
Kemple: A friend from my undergraduate institution was a student at Ross [University School of Medicine] and recommended it. The most important reasons I chose to attend were the school’s reputation, 50-state approval, and the provision of federal loans. These factors are so important when looking at Caribbean [medical] schools.

RUSM: How did you prepare for the NRMP® Match?
Kemple: I participated in mock interviews held by my clinical training site. I also consulted Ross [University School of Medicine] faculty for guidance with regard to filling out my ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) application.

RUSM: What are the top two or three ways RUSM helped prepare you for your residency position?
Kemple: First, I gained the knowledge and skills necessary to transition from undergraduate student to medical student and then to physician. Second, it was clear from the first day that Ross [University School of Medicine] took all academic matters seriously and instituted a sense of responsibility for your patients and actions. This is essential for any successful physician and residency programs want residents who exemplify these qualities.

RUSM: What are the key factors that led to you achieving a chief resident position?
Kemple: Every program is slightly different in the way it selects chief residents. The University of Toledo looks at academic performance on training exams, clinical performance, evaluations, and a vote by all faculty and residents. Ultimately, however, the selection is up to the Program Director. I believe what made me stand out was excelling in all of these areas and finding ways to contribute to the big picture by looking beyond my residency program – looking at my specialty of emergency medicine and the hospital as a whole. For example, I recently served as Chairman for the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) Awards Committee and I currently serve on the hospital’s laboratory utilization review committee.

RUSM: What additional responsibilities have you assumed since becoming a chief resident?
Kemple: In addition to serving as a member of the laboratory utilization review committee, I am responsible for scheduling two facilities, attending faculty meetings, helping assimilate new interns into the program, and performing additional resident-related tasks.

RUSM: What’s next for you?
Kemple: After graduation, I will work for a local democratic emergency medicine group in the Toledo area for two years while my fiancé (also a RUSM grad) finishes her residency.

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Chief Resident: Dr. Lee Talks about Her Start in Emergency Medicine

March 30, 2016

Ginny Lee, MD, Class of 2013, is a Chief Resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Summa Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio.


RUSM: What attracted you to RUSM?

LEE: I appreciated the flexibility of its start dates, the Caribbean location, and having a different experience than I would have had in the United States.

RUSM: How did you prepare for the NRMP® Match?

LEE: I took several personality quizzes, interviewed at as many places as possible, and rotated at those I was very interested in.

RUSM: How did RUSM help prepare you for your residency position?

LEE: RUSM molded my study habits, taught me efficiency, and prepared me to be ready for anything.

RUSM: What are the key factors that led to you achieving a chief resident position?

LEE: I wanted to find a way I could serve the residency that gave me such a wonderful opportunity. In return, the chief resident position has taught me leadership skills. 

RUSM: What additional responsibilities have you assumed since becoming a chief resident?

LEE: I became the education chief and have enjoyed creating the academic schedule for the residency, including weekly conferences. This allowed me to interact and communicate with, as well as learn from, many great speakers and educators.

RUSM: What’s next for you?

LEE: I will be working with an Emergency Medicine group in Ohio, taking many vacations and conferences. Also, I will get married in the next year to an amazing man I met at Ross [University School of Medicine]!

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