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Medical residents begin seeing patients at UH Parma Medical Center in July

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARMA – University Hospitals Parma Medical Center welcomes its first class of medical residents, who will begin seeing patients this month through a new program established with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to train internists and primary care physicians. LECOM, based in Erie, Pa., is the nation’s largest osteopathic medical college.

“Education is a huge part of our mission at University Hospitals, and it’s one of the most gratifying aspects of being a physician,” says UH Parma’s Chief Medical Officer Christopher Loyke, DO, a longtime mentor and educator of medical students. “As evidenced at academic medical centers like UH Case Medical Center, graduate medical education accelerates the level of care, and everybody improves when you become a teaching hospital. Education is the tide that raises all boats.”

Under the leadership of Michael Debs, MD, as the Internal Medicine Program Director, and Michael Saridakis, DO, as the Family Practice Medical Director, UH Parma is gaining 11 new resident physicians. They are:

Internal Medicine Residents:

  • Ryan Carbaugh, DO – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dingkun Liu, DO – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Blake Matesic, DO – Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Megan Oberhauser, DO – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Brendan Kappus, DO – Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Junling Dong, DO – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Family Medicine Residents:

  • Nicholas Shih, DO – Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Patricia Milner, DO – Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pandora Wilson, DO – Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jonathan Nguyen, DO – Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jared Dang, DO – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

In addition to training the residents, UH Parma Medical Center will train 13 third-year medical students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. UH Bedford and UH Richmond medical centers, campuses of UH Regional Hospitals, have been affiliated with LECOM over the past decade for internships and fellowships in primary care medicine and a number of specialties.

The United States faces an acute shortage of primary care physicians, exacerbated by an aging physician workforce, 15 million patients becoming eligible for Medicare and 32 million younger patients gaining access to insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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