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Family Medicine Celebrates Residency Program Graduates

The Department of Family Medicine gathered on Sunday, June 26 for the annual graduation banquet, held at Founder One Nine in Omaha.

Faculty, staff, residents, and their families came together to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2016 graduating residents in a program led by Residency Program Director Kimberly Jarzynka, MD; Rural Track Residency Program Director Jeff Harrison, MD; and Offutt Air Force Base Residency Program Director Heidi Gaddey, MD.

UNMC/OAFB Family Medicine Residency Graduation Awards & Recognition

Outgoing Chief Residents
– Chelsea Williams, MD
– Steve Gale, MD

Incoming Chief Residents
– Jamil Neme, MD
– Nate Renes, MD

Lee Retelsdorg Award – HO I with highest ITE Score
– Hannah Christiansen, MD

Margaret Faith Award – HO II with highest ITE Score
– Kirsten Winnie

Ralph Cassel Award – HO III with highest ITE Score
– Brady Fickenscher, MD
– Leif Magnusson, DO

Chairman’s Honor Roll
In recognition of outstanding performance on the ABFM In-Training Examination, all residents with an overall score that places them in the top 1% of all participants in the nation will be placed on the Chairman’s Honor Roll.
– Brady Fickenscher, MD
– Kris Huber, MD
– Leif Magnusson, DO
– Kyle Myers, MD
– Umama Sadia, MBBS
– Kirsten Winnie, MD

Research Awards
All residents are required to do a scholarly project during their residency, which can include original research, educational research, quality improvement projects, case reports, or reviews of the literature.

Residents who presented at a regional or national meeting:
– Christine Broszko, MD
– Amy Feck, MD
– Kirsten Winnie, MD
– Jamil Neme, MD
– Ferdinando Andrade, MD
– Steve Gale, MD
– Geoff McLeod, DO
– Kyle Myers, MD
– Rustin Rawlings, MD
– Josh Sypal, MD
– Chelsea Williams, MD

Award winners from the 3rd Annual Family Medicine Research Symposium can be found here.

Kash Patil Award
The Kash Patil Award is given annually at graduation to the resident who has performed the most outstanding original scholarly work during residency.
– Kris Huber, MD for “Sugar Sweetened Beverage Consumption Survey in an Underserved Pregnancy Cohort at an Urban Community Health Center”

James Stageman Resident Teacher of the Year
Given to one third-year resident who has interest, ability and commitment to family medicine education as demonstrated by peer teaching, education of medical students, physician assistants, nursing students, etc., consistent quality in presentations and/or conferences, and excellence in patient and community teaching. Selected by the faculty and residents.
– John “Andy” Craig, MD

Family Medicine House Officer of the Year
Presented to a graduating third-year resident who is considered a superior representative of our residency program. Qualifications include: scholarship (including routine evaluations and In-Training exams), leadership, clinical excellence, dedication to teaching peers and others, and extra-curricular community involvement. Selected by the faculty.
– Steve Gale, MD

Teacher of the Year
This award is given annually by the Family Medicine residents to a non-physician teacher who may or may not be a member of the Family Medicine faculty. Requirements include commitment to Family Medicine education as well as outstanding service to the Family Medicine Department.
– Michelle Rooney, PharmD

Physician Teacher of the Year
This award is presented annually by the Family Medicine residents at UNMC. The Physician Teacher Award will be voted on yearly during the resident retreat. The requirements for nomination for this award include that the recipient not be a member of the Family Medicine Department, but have worked closely with Family Medicine residents.  He/she must have demonstrated commitment to education of Family Medicine residents.  He/she should have also demonstrated outstanding teaching skills and ability and been a good “role model.”
– Patrick Basile, MD

Faculty of the Year
This award is presented annually by the Family Medicine residents at UNMC. The Faculty of the Year Award will be voted on yearly during the resident retreat. The requirements for nomination for this award include that the recipient be a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine.  He/she must have demonstrated commitment to education of Family Medicine residents.  He/she should have also demonstrated outstanding teaching skills and ability and been a good “role model”.
– Timothy Coker, MD

Alumnus of the Year
Given to a board certified graduate of the Family Medicine Residency Program at UNMC. Qualifications include: exemplary family physician, leadership and service to the community, service to family medicine at UNMC, locally and/or nationally, and additional achievements or innovations.
– J. Matthew Byrd, MD, Class of 2001

Presentation of Graduates

Offutt Air Force Base Family Medicine Residency Graduates:
– Sara DeSpain, MD
– Steve Gale, MD
– Zach Genant, MD
– Leif Magnusson, DO
– Stephanie Mathre, DO
– Geoff McLeod, DO
– Rustin Rawlings, MD

Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency Graduates:
– Jared Beck, MD
– Aaron Cisar, MD
– Greg McClanahan, MD
– Kyle Myers, MD
– Paula Thielen, MD
– Tyler Vettel, MD
– Justin Westengaard, MD

Traditional Family Medicine Residency Graduates:
– Ferdinando Andrade, MD
– LaKeisha Cox, MD
– John “Andy” Craig, MD
– Brady Fickenscher, MD
– Jillian Fickenscher, MD
– Kris Huber, MD
– Chris Jensen, MD
– Alisha O’Malley, MD
– Ronoel Penalver, MD

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