First graduating class of residents mark new phase for medical education

Jun 8,2011
On June 9, Samaritan Health Services celebrates its first graduating class of residents, which includes one family practitioner and six interns, a significant milestone for Samaritan’s osteopathic residency programs.

The graduate of the family practice residency program is Peter Reed, DO. The graduates of the traditional rotating internship include: Cory Maughan, DO; Stephanie Morbeck, DO; Nathan Swain, DO; Christopher Carey, DO; Larry Buglino III, DO; and Matthew Hiesterman, DO.

During their time at Samaritan, each resident adhered to curricula developed by Samaritan in accordance with American Osteopathic Association standards. Residents participate in both didactic offerings (class room lectures) as well as a variety of clinical rotations under the supervision of experienced physicians.

“These physicians have worked incredibly hard to get to this point in their training, and we couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments,” said Nancy Bell, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Samaritan Health Services. “The future is as bright for these young physicians as it is for the patients they will soon serve.”

While the graduating family practitioner will move on to practice in the Chicago metropolitan area, the next step for Samaritan’s first class of interns will be further education and training in specialty fields such as general surgery, obstetrics, dermatology, rehabilitative medicine and internal medicine.

Samaritan’s residency programs continue to experience rapid growth. By 2014, Samaritan anticipates graduating 20 residents each year from their residency programs.

Currently the training programs offered include family practice, internal medicine, psychiatry, general and orthopedic surgery, and cardiology, but program leaders also continue to explore expanding the training programs to offer additional fields.