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Kent Hospital's First Class of Resident Physicians Honored at Graduation Ceremony  

Kent Hospital is pleased to announce the graduation of its first class of residents who have completed the Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs. The ceremony which took place Wednesday, June, 22 also recognized Kent Hospital’s honorary award recipients, as well as incoming residents of the GME program.

“It is an honor and privilege to celebrate the accomplishments of our first graduating class and to welcome our new residents,” said Sandra Coletta, Kent Hospital president and CEO. “Kent Hospital is proud to play a critical role in helping to shape our future leaders in healthcare and providing them with the foundation for their careers as physicians.”

"Today’s celebration and the accomplishments of our graduates is a true milestone for the Graduate Medical Education Program here at Kent,” said Joseph Spinale, DO, FACC, director of medical education at Kent. “The program continues to grow as we introduce internal medicine to our curriculum and welcome our first fellow in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Additionally, with residents coming from across the United States to study here, it shows the opportunity and strength of the program that has been created here.”

The graduates, who comprise the first-ever graduating class, include: Austin Nguyen, DO; Carla Dugas, DO; MaryBeth Hanley, DO; Susan Heasley, DO, MSN; and Jennifer Kabak, DO.

Dr. Austin Nguyen, originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, graduated Kent Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program, having completed his training in January 2011. Dr. Nguyen has accepted a position as an emergency physician with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, CA. Also graduating in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Carla Dugas, originally from New Orleans, LA, will be joining the emergency physician group at the South Jersey Health System Regional Medical Center in Vineland, NJ.

Graduating in Family Medicine, Dr. MaryBeth Hanley has completed her second residency and will be the debut Fellow in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at Kent Hospital beginning this July. In addition, Dr. Susan Heasley is also graduating in Family Medicine and will join two family medicine and two internal medicine doctors in a rural health clinic in Strafford, Missouri.

Finally, Family Medicine graduate Dr. Jennifer Kabak plans to return to the New York City area where she will work in a community health center.

Receiving Kent Hospital honorary awards are: Dr. Ehsun Mirza and Dr. Christopher Zabbo, Emergency Medicine Attending Physicians of the Year; Bruce Kilstein, DO, Family Medicine Faculty of the Year Award; Jennifer Kabak, DO, Family Medicine Leadership Award and The Daniel J. Magiera DO Book Award.

In addition to the graduation and award ceremonies, Kent Hospital will also welcome incoming interns to their respective GME program. Emergency Medicine interns include: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) graduate Elysia Mallon, DO, from Flower Mound, Texas; University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Kelly McDonough, DO, from Weymouth, Mass.; Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University graduate Vincent Varamo, DO, from Lawrenceville, Ga.; Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Love Volkova, DO, from Manalapan, N.J.; and LECOM graduate Khatija Zahiruddin, DO, from Jersey City, N.J.

Incoming Family Medicine interns include: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey graduate Elizabeth Josolosky, DO, from Bayonne, N.J. and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Megan Johnson, DO, from Mountain Lakes, N.J.

Residents entering Kent Hospital’s new Internal Medicine Program include: Lincoln Memorial University graduate Autumn Hines, DO, from Jonesville, Va.; University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate Chris Palmer, DO, from Rumford, Maine; and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences graduate Chris Peters, DO, from New Port Richey, Fla.

The GME program at Kent has grown tremendously since its start in 2008. Currently there are 35 residents enrolled in all four programs. As a major teaching affiliate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent is proud to provide physician residents from across the country with the clinical expertise they will need to carry on their careers in medicine.

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