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.

The Women in Medicine of The Christ Hospital

As part of the annual Christ Hospital “The Women in Medicine” event Dr. Montiel Rosenthal and multiple current and past residents hosted teen girls from DePaul Christo Rey High School and Mt. Notre Dame High School. As part of the event they were introduced to family medicine and heard stories about being a woman in medicine.

Second Look 2019

(As we get ready for second look 2019 enjoy this UPDATED post with most commonly FAQs)

While we can't promise lanterns, The Transept is a cool converted church where we will host the resident and office staff cocktail hour on Jan 18..

While we can't promise lanterns, The Transept is a cool converted church where we will host the resident and office staff cocktail hour on Jan 18..

Now that it's January, it's time to start thinking about Second Look Weekend! This year we will be hosting our events Friday Jan 18th and Saturday Jan 19th. Before we get to the details-- and trust us, they are exciting-- we figured we would answer some questions first.

What is Second Look?

Second look is a weekend-long event that allows you to come back and visit Cincinnati without all the pressure of interview day. You can meet more residents and attendings, ask any questions that may have come to mind, and also get a sense of if you can truly live in Cincinnati for the next 3-5 years. 

Is it mandatory?

Nope! While we invite all of our interviewees, this is not a mandatory event. We understand that you are medical students who have rotations and clinical duties which can make it hard (not to mention expensive) to come back. 

Winter wonderland? Yes  Cold? Also yes  [Editors Note: The forecast currently calls for snow so this Californian will wear triple layers]

Winter wonderland? Yes

Cold? Also yes

[Editors Note: The forecast currently calls for snow so this Californian will wear triple layers]

Can my family come?

Absolutely! We welcome you to bring any of the “significant figures” (math joke) in your life. In the past we have had spouses, partners, siblings, and children. Remember that moving to Cincinnati does not just affect you. Making sure that the people in your support network can see themselves here is important to us too. Do remember to RSVP for these folks if they are joining any of the events. 

Your eyes do not deceive you. The night sky does say Cincinnati!

Your eyes do not deceive you. The night sky does say Cincinnati!

What should I bring?  Do I need a suit?

No suit required for this event, but make sure that you bring warm clothes and check the weather before hand. (Trust us, one of our Californian residents current has her office set to 82 and is working on transitioning blankets into daywear).  If you stick with business casual and warm coat you should be fine. No need to bring copies of your resumes or professional folios. We always recommend bringing a sense of adventure!

While we are pretty sure we wont meet Fiona at the Zoo, we do usually get to pet a friendly penguin.  [Editor Note 1: You should 100% follow the Cincinnati Zoo on Instagram because they keep posting adorable  photos of all the baby animals ]  [Editor Note 2: I don’t care what anyone says,  Winsol the Aardvark  has been lovable since day one]

While we are pretty sure we wont meet Fiona at the Zoo, we do usually get to pet a friendly penguin.

[Editor Note 1: You should 100% follow the Cincinnati Zoo on Instagram because they keep posting adorable photos of all the baby animals]

[Editor Note 2: I don’t care what anyone says, Winsol the Aardvark has been lovable since day one]

What is happening?

By now you should have gotten an e-mail from the program coordinator regarding the schedule. We start from 7-11 on Friday at The Transept for a cocktail hour with the residents- this gives you the chance to get a sense of us in a less formal atmosphere. Then Saturday from 9:30 to noon is the legendary Cincinnati bus tour. This is a can't-miss introduction to the city with commentary by our very own Reid Hartman and Jeff Schlaudecker. Finally we have lunch from 1-5 at the Cincinnati Zoo. Probably slightly more formal in tone, you can meet with residents and attendings to find out even more about our program. Also we usually get to pet a baby animal of some sort... which is awesome. (FMP applicants please note you have a slightly different schedule and we will reach out to you directly)

What if I can only come to part of the event?

Let us know! We would love to see you as much as we can. 

My roommate/best friend/adviser said that if I really want to be considered I have to go? 

It is our pleasure to host you for Friday night the 18th at Spring Hills Suites!

It is our pleasure to host you for Friday night the 18th at Spring Hills Suites!

See question 2, definitely not mandatory. Being able to come does not affect your position on the rank list. Communication is key from here on out. Email us and stay in touch. If there are any questions we can answer, let us know! If you want to come for a visit on a different date, reach out! Making sure to show us your interest in super important. 

Wait! You are paying for a hotel?!?!?

Yep! We are pleased to offer lodging for Friday the 18th at Spring Hills Suites.