A mobile veterinarian, Kim Springman, DVM SGU ’10, offers a nearly full-service veterinarian’s office within the confines of the Hometown Veterinary Clinic van.
800 – and Still Counting – SGU Students and Graduates Obtain Residency Spots in U.S.
Match Day 2015 proved once again that the St. George’s University graduates continue to enter U.S. medicine in large numbers. At this date, 800 have received first-year training spots in U.S. residencies – many in their top choice. Most graduates were matched through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP), but many choose to sign into residencies outside of the Match.
“Match Day 2015 demonstrates once again that the pipeline from St. George’s University to medicine in the United States is alive and well,” said Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University. “We are very proud of our students’ remarkable achievements as they embark on their careers in medicine.”
St. George’s University alumni will report to residency programs in the following specialties: anesthesiology, child neurology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/anesthesiology, internal medicine/neurology, internal medicine/pediatrics, internal medicine/psychology, neurology, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, and surgery.
Residencies were secured in 41 states as well as the District of Columbia. In addition, 16 students matched through the Canadian Resident Matching Service earlier in the month.
Sean Maratto, MD SGU ’15, matched with his first-choice residency, a diagnostic radiology position at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He will first complete a preliminary year in surgery at Abbington Medical Center in Abbington, PA. Mr. Maratto’s affinity for radiology was bred in SGU’s anatomy lab, and although it is a highly competitive field, he felt confident heading into Match Week. “When I found out I earned my number one choice, it felt as if all the hard work I put in for the last four years paid off,” he said. “Medical school is an arduous task, but it makes the endpoint that much more gratifying.”
Jonathan Polak, MD SGU ’15, is looking forward to the next step in his career at Vidant Medical Center, an affiliate of East Carolina University. Mr. Polak will join the VMC internal medicine residency program this summer, and hopes to specialize in infectious disease upon its completion. “Now that I’m finished with med school, I can honestly say that I’ve received the most training that I can get at the student level, and I feel ready for my residency program,” he said. “What’s great about SGU is the global exposure you get. There were occasions where I sat at the table during lunch and was the only American at the table. I was able to learn about many different cultures just by eating lunch and asking my classmates questions. While being on the island, you get to see life through the eyes of another culture, their priorities and their concerns.”
Since opening in 1977, St. George’s University has graduated more than 12,000 physicians who have gone on to practice in all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide. According to published information, SGU has placed more doctors in first-year postgraduate positions than any medical school in the last four years combined.
For a complete list of residency appointments, visit the SGU website.
Through the Gift of Life program, SGU graduate Sean Levchuck conducted life-saving heart surgery for a young Jamaican girl.
Drs. Daniel Franklin and Grace Sollenberger, DVM SGU ’07, of Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital of Hagerstown have stepped up with a unique kind of mission. Working with the Dominican Republic’s Pets Breeding Control Foundation (PBC) — Dr. Franklin is the official U.S. representative of the organization — the veterinarians spend up to a week at a time in the Dominican Republic, spaying and neutering dogs and cats, and administering vaccinations and dewormers.
Two years after swimming the English Channel, Brittany King, DVM SGU ’10, ran seven marathons on seven continents in 11 days.
For his contributions to clinical advancements and medical staff development at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, critical care specialist Peyman Otmishi, MD SGU ’02, FCCP, was honored with the 2014 Arthur B. Cecil Jr., MD, Award for Excellence in Health Care Improvement.
Dr. Otmishi was selected from a field of six finalists to receive the award, which was presented to him by Arthur B. Cecil III, a former Cecil Award winner and the son of the man for whom it is named. Dr. Arthur B. Cecil Jr., who practiced as a surgeon at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton from 1950 to 1988, helped shape the hospital and the department into what they are today.
“I was very surprised to receive it,” said Dr. Otmishi. “There are many people here who go above and beyond the call of duty to help the community.”
“Dr. Otmishi has been instrumental in interdisciplinary work around quality initiatives to prevent infection in our intensive care units,” said Ruth Ann Jones, Director of Acute Care and Emergency Services, UM Shore Regional Health, in a press release. “He works collaboratively with the nursing staff and multidisciplinary team to ensure that our patients are receiving safe, high-quality, evidence-based medical care.”
Dr. Otmishi, an intensivist with University of Maryland Shore Pulmonary Care, directs the intensive care unit (ICU) for the university’s medical centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton. In 2014, he worked with several of the facility’s nurses to incorporate the ABCDE bundle, a protocol implemented to improve ventilator weaning, delirium, and mobility in critically ill patients.
In addition, he developed the E-Care telemedicine program that allows intensivists and critical care nurses at the University of Maryland Medical Center to oversee ICU patients at the university’s three eastern shore hospitals. Through state-of-the-art technology, the program provides real-time patient data around the clock to the E-Care intensivists who are monitoring the ICU patients in each facility. The program monitors each patient for acute changes in their physiological parameters and immediately prompts the ICU to assess the situation and act upon it if indicated. According to Dr. Otmishi, intensivists’ involvement has reduced the readmission rate for ICU patients significantly.
While he was honored with the Cecil Award for the first time, it marked the second time that he had been nominated. In 2009, Dr. Otmishi and a group of Shore Health doctors garnered second-place accolades after they implemented multidisciplinary rounds at the eastern shore facilities.
Dr. Otmishi’s educational background includes earning his Bachelor of Science in biology from Indiana University in 1996 and then a postgraduate study year at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). He then enrolled at SGU, an experience he credits for laying the path to his career in internal medicine. Upon being conferred his MD, Dr. Otmishi went on to residency at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, and then internal medicine and pulmonary, critical care, and sleep fellowships at the University of Louisville.
“SGU had very high standards, and we all had to work very hard,” Dr. Otmishi said. “Everybody pushed everybody else to do their best. The whole experience built a lot of character, and that was the key to why so many of us have gone to successful careers.”
With the new procedural implementations at Shore Health facilities, critical care patients can look forward to improved treatment and the increased likelihood of making a full recovery.
“One nurse, doctor, or therapist alone cannot take care of a patient in the ICU, or anywhere else in the hospital,” Dr. Otmishi said. “The key to better outcomes is communication, collaboration, and collegiality between all the disciplines providing patient care. Multidisciplinary rounding works in the ICU and can reduce the cost, admission period and unnecessary work-up for each patient. We as leaders in patient care should be very conscious about communication and collaboration with our physician colleagues as well as every other discipline involved with the patients during their hospital admission.”
After completing his residency, Thomas Kurian, MD SGU ’09, joined Valencia Medical Group as a pediatric neurologist.
St. George’s University Registers 93 Percent Pass Rate on Rigorous Public Health Exam
St. George’s University students and alumni of the Master of Public Health program continued their scholarly public health success as they achieved a 93 percent pass rate on the Fall 2014 National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) exam, allowing them to become a Certified in Public Health (CPH) professional. All together, since 2011, SGU students and alumni have demonstrated a pass rate of 93 percent all-time. After passing the exam, CPH professionals must earn 50 CPH continuing education recertification credits every two years to maintain their status. St. George’s University was named an official test location for the NBPHE CPH exam in 2013.
“The CPH credential enhances the professional standing and recognition of individuals who gain the certification,” said Dr. Omur Cinar Elci, professor and chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM). “In addition, the CPH credential commits its holders to a career of continuous professional development and recertification providing competency assurance in their public health practice.”
SGU has increasingly been at the forefront of addressing public health issues both locally and regionally. The University’s MPH program attained accreditation from the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH) in 2010, the fourth program outside North America to receive the distinction.
In addition, in 2012, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine was also named a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Environmental and Occupational Health, making it the first collaborating center of its kind in the region. In 2013, the DPHPM and the Windward Islands Research & Education Foundation (WINDREF) were selected by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to establish a Regional Collaborating Centre for the Caribbean.
“As chair, it has been a privilege leading the DPHPM team of dedicated professionals through this significant period of development for the benefit of the communities that we serve,” Dr. Elci said. “The exceptional success of our students and alumni in the recent NBPHE exams is indeed the latest testimony to the DPHPM towards achieving its vision of serving as a regional and international center for excellence in education, research, service, and scholarly activities.”
Dr. Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor and DPHPM Deputy Chair and a CPH holder himself, is a recent appointee to the CEPH Examiners Board as a question writer for the NBPHE CPH exam. He noted that a CEPH-accredited MPH degree and CPH board certification has also benefited the University’s physicians and veterinarians as they have vied for competitive residency positions and employment opportunities. Dr. Bidaisee looks forward to bringing that experience back to SGU’s MPH program to further contribute to students’ and alumni’s successful preparations for CPH examinations to come.
A practicing physician with Hudson Headwaters Health Network and its Vice President of Strategy, David Tucker Slingerland has been named to the Health Republic Insurance of New York Board of Directors.
Dr. Guan joins Licking Memorial Urgent Care, which has two locations outside Columbus, OH.