Meet Us in Kansas City Again for 2019!

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If you are attending the AAFP Resident and Medical Student Conference this year make sure to come swing by and say hello. We will be there from July 25-27 to answer questions and talk about our program. Look for our matching Cincinnati shirts at booth 1509

From personal experience we know it can be overwhelming to come to these events. Here are a few do's and don'ts that we have learned along the way:

  

Do: Come Talk to Us!

Part of the reason to come to these conferences is to network and figure out the "personality" of various residency programs.

Don't: Worry About Having a Ton of Questions

We would much rather have a conversation about who you are and what you are interested in than list the bed size of our hospital (unless of course you are interested in that- in which case 555 beds).

Do: Start to Hone Your Interview Skills

While this is a lot less formal than an interview it is a good opportunity to practice for the big day... especially if you are nervous about it.

Don't: Forget to Think About What you Want

You truly are in the driver's seat in this process (even if it doesn't feel that way). Keep a list of things you want- (global health? women's health? Trader Joes?... we have all three) - and start asking about it. 

Do: Keep in Touch

We encourage you to stay in contact with us. It's important because it shows us that you are interested and also lets us answer any questions you may have. 

Cincinnati Physician to be Honored with 2019 Resident Leadership Award

Copied from the OAFP press release:

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is pleased to announce that Christian E. Gausvik Jr., MD, will receive its 2019 Resident Leadership Award.

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The OAFP presents the Resident Leadership Award to an individual who has exhibited leadership in the OAFP and shows a dedication to promoting family medicine, practices a high degree of professionalism, and possess immense promise as a family physician.

Dr. Gausvik attended the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and is currently the chief resident at The Christ Hospital UC Family Medicine Residency in Cincinnati, OH.

“I realized sometime into medical school that the role of a physician is not only working as a clinical scientist and diagnostician, but also as an advocate, a teacher, a leader, and so much more,” said Dr. Gausvik.

In addition to his medical studies, he is involved in numerous academic organizations, volunteers in his community, and serves as a representative and leader in several organizations and committees. He has completed medical research, is published in many academic journals, and has received a number of awards for his achievements.

“Christian is personable, kind, calm, and is already the kind of family doctor that patients rave about to friends, and to whom colleagues refer their best friends and most-loved family members,” said Jeffery Schlaudecker, MD, MEd, associate professor for family medicine at UC.

“He is an outstanding individual whose dedication to patients, families, vulnerable populations, and his community warrants his receiving of this award,” said Hillary Mount, MD.

Dr. Gausvik has served his community over the past eight years by successfully organizing an annual Alzheimer’s Fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. Thus far, he has helped raise over $76,000 for the association while raising awareness of the disease.

“His ability to organize these events while maintaining his residency obligations is staggering. It’s clear from the additional substantial investment of his time and efforts that he has an interest and passion for underserved populations, and the ability of a primary care physician to meet needs in the community,” said Dr. Mount.

He is humbled to work alongside accomplished clinicians and advocates, and is fortunate for the opportunities he has been given. He is reminded by his role models to “not underestimate nor forget the power of your voice in the community as a family physician.”

“I hope to continue to become increasingly more effective at using the power of my voice to give back to the people of Ohio both through clinical and community work,” said Dr. Gausvik.

Dr. Gausvik will be honored during the Academy Awards Dinner on Friday, August 2, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. as a part of the Family Medicine Celebration at The Grand Event Center in Columbus, OH. Registration to attend the dinner is $50 per person. Reservations can be made through the OAFP website or by calling (800) 742.7327.

Also during the awards ceremony, Jeff Bachtel, MD, FAAFP, of Tallmadge, OH, will be presented with the OAFP Family Physician of the Year Award and Ann M. Aring, MD, FAAFP of Columbus, OH, will be presented with the OAFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.

To learn more about the Resident Leadership Award, please visit the OAFP webiste.

Our Maya Health Alliance Partnership in Guatemala

“The Guatemala global health experience was a fantastic clinical opportunity to learn about the complexities of culture, language, access to medical care, and medical infrastructure as well as how each of these factors affect a patient’s quality of care and understanding of disease processes. It was enlightening to learn that these factors are global – there are many patients in the Cincinnati area that struggle with the same barriers to health care that we witnessed in Guatemala. I hope to move forward in my career with a more holistic approach to each patient’s care and to be more cognizant of bringing cultural competency to every patient encounter.”

—A recent resident reflection upon return from the global health experience.

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We Love Advocacy!

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Our faculty member, Anna Goroncy MD, was awarded one of five STFM New Faculty Advocacy Scholarships to attend the annual Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C fromMay 18-20. This year the group focused on promoting health policy changes around issues we see everyday. Specifically meeting with staff of Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Brad Wenstrup to discuss the importance of gun violence prevention, GME funding for teaching health centers, the congressional primary care caucus and rural workforce production. Our residency is committed to building physicians who are advocates for change. We usually send at least one physician to the national summit and a delegation to the Ohio Advocacy Day every year.

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Residency Celebrations!

We know that backlighting is a photo no-no but with a group this big what are we to do?

We know that backlighting is a photo no-no but with a group this big what are we to do?

Over the course of 3 years residents will have a lot of life events to celebrate. No matter if it’s a marriage, a baby or finding a position that allows you to move home, this group is very supportive. Just last week we had all three! Not only did current residents and faculty attend, but staff from our FMC office and recent graduates came to show support too. Once part of the residency, always part of the residency!

Road to Medicine

Some of the 30 students who are on the “Road to Medicine”

Some of the 30 students who are on the “Road to Medicine”

Hand-on anatomy!

Hand-on anatomy!

Ms. Collins’ science lab at Frederick Douglass Elementary is the place to be! One afternoon you might find pairs of students bent over a sheep heart dissection, learning anatomy for the first time. The next week, the group might be acting as “doctor detectives” working on an interactive medicine case with help from a diverse panel of healthcare professionals.

This is the “Road to Medicine” program, currently in its second year at Frederick Douglass Elementary in Walnut Hills, and part of a larger mentoring partnership between Frederick Douglass and Walnut Hills High School called See It, Believe It, Achieve It.

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Home made ice cream is the best!

Home made ice cream is the best!

Over the last year our family medicine residents, Dr. Sara Maples, Dr. Melissa Saab and Dr. Laura Ledvora, with support of Dr. Anna Goroncy, expanded the Road to Medicine program to expose 6th – 8th graders to STEM education and health professions. Over the course of seven sessions, students explored the diversity of science, including the biology of making ice cream (which was delicious), the chemistry of extracting DNA from strawberries (less delicious),  and the physics of testing bike helmets. Along the way, students worked with medical students, residents and physicians, discussing pathways to careers in science and medicine.

“Road to Medicine” represents one part of a developing community-based partnership with Walnut Hills (the community adjacent to The Christ Hospital and the home to many of our patients). Our other current projects include:

  • Working with the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation to increase access to healthy food through community gardens and developing neighborhood healthy cooking classes.

  • Developing Healthy Living classes at DOHN High School as part of the Outpatient Pediatrics rotation. Residents lead a monthly class covering topics from chronic diseases to recreational drug use, stress, sleep and exercise.

  • Joining the Center for Closing the Health Gap to complete community needs assessments to better understand the needs of the Walnut Hills community.

Students engage in a medical “who done it”

Students engage in a medical “who done it”

As the partnership strengthens over the next years, we look forward to expanding opportunities to the residency faculty and Family Medicine Center staff. Special thanks to the Walnut Hills Community Partnership Steering Committee members: Dr. Sara Maples, Dr. Emily Levinson, Dr. Laura Ledvora, Dr. Melissa Saab, Dr. Alex Vance, Dr. Sammie Lammie, Dr. Rory Rivendale, Dr. Suzanne Watson and Dr. Brian Bouchard.



Getting to Know Our New Interns

While the initial excitement of Match Day 2019 might have slowed down, the process of having our newest residents join the program is only just beginning. Not only is there paper work to fill out (LOTS of paperwork… trust me) but we also start getting to know these amazing physicians. Below we have some happy match day faces, and thoughts on starting residency.

“As a UC graduate, I am so excited to be staying in Cincinnati to continue to train under the incredible family physicians who inspired me to pick this specialty in the first place! While I cannot wait to start expanding my global health experiences, I am also looking forward to continuing service to the surrounding community and building upon partnerships that have grown over the last several years.”  ~Andrea Rosado

“As a UC graduate, I am so excited to be staying in Cincinnati to continue to train under the incredible family physicians who inspired me to pick this specialty in the first place! While I cannot wait to start expanding my global health experiences, I am also looking forward to continuing service to the surrounding community and building upon partnerships that have grown over the last several years.”  ~Andrea Rosado

Xavier Douglas, super excited to join the Cincinnati Program!

Xavier Douglas, super excited to join the Cincinnati Program!

“I am excited to join the program and receive training that is locally and internationally impactful. I look forward to learning from the faculty, my fellow co-residents, and the patients that I serve. “ ~LaToya Smith

“I am excited to join the program and receive training that is locally and internationally impactful. I look forward to learning from the faculty, my fellow co-residents, and the patients that I serve. “ ~LaToya Smith

“I can't wait to join and learn from a group of dedicated, like-minded colleagues, faculty, and mentors with a passion for community and global health! I likewise am excited to finally apply my medical school knowledge as a practicing family physician and look forward to getting to know the city of and communities in Cincinnati as new resident (in both senses of the word).” ~Josh D. Cockroft

“I can't wait to join and learn from a group of dedicated, like-minded colleagues, faculty, and mentors with a passion for community and global health! I likewise am excited to finally apply my medical school knowledge as a practicing family physician and look forward to getting to know the city of and communities in Cincinnati as new resident (in both senses of the word).” ~Josh D. Cockroft

Global Health Guatemala February 2019

This February, four residents, alongside program faculty, medical students and a public health student traveled to rural Guatemala. Wu Qu Kawoq, also known as the Maya Health Alliance, continues to be out fantastic NGO. The organization formed with the goal of providing grassroots healthcare delivered in native languages to many of the rural communities of Guatemala who previously were unable to access care. They are now one of the largest providers of healthcare in Guatemala and we are proud to work alongside them for in a culturally sensitive and continuity minded partnership.

You can see more more highlights of our Guatemala trip below. To learn more about our Global Health Curriculum click here. You can read more about the Mayan Health Alliance here.