Samaritan Health Services is set to graduate its second class of resident physicians. Three of the four will transition into new roles within the organization with the fourth planning to practice in California.
These residents have completed a rigorous educational residency program and are now ready to begin the next stage of their medical careers.
“It’s rewarding to see the positive growth of our programs, to see our residents graduate and begin what will no doubt be highly successful careers,” said Luis Vela, DO, director of medical education for Samaritan.
Ben Hudson, DO, graduate of the Internal Medicine Program, will become the first chief resident of Samaritan’s internal medicine residency program. In this role, Hudson will care for hospitalized patients in the Inpatient Care Services Program, see patients at Samaritan Internal Medicine and will also fill a role in teaching residents and students.
“I have seen medical education grow and thrive in this community, and I feel fortunate to be a part of such a unique process,” said Hudson, who first came to Samaritan as a third-year medical student.
David Lemons, DO, graduate of the Internal Medicine Program, has accepted a cardiology fellowship position with Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute (SHVI).
“My time and experiences within this residency program has been invaluable. I’m thrilled to be able to continue my career right here with Samaritan, now learning from the great team at Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute,” Lemons said.
Eric Sharp, DO, graduate of the Family Medicine Program, will start his practice at Samaritan Family Medicine in Corvallis.
“My clinical expertise and skills have grown during my time in residency and I am excited to be a part of this community as one of its caregivers,” Sharp said.
Vania Manipod, DO, graduate of the Psychiatry Program, will return to her native Southern California, and has accepted a position as an adult outpatient psychiatrist with the California Permanente Medical Group.
“My experiences at Samaritan Mental Health have fostered tremendous professional and personal growth,” Manipod said.