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Second-Year Residents

Jacob Smith, DO - Assistant Chief Resident

Smitih Jacob MD-398X 497

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX

I've been at Clarion for many years now between clinical rotations and residency, and being from the area it feels good to be able to provide quality care for my hometown. We have a good culture here for residents, we are the focus of the training here being an unopposed residency with a high attending to resident ratio, and lots of opportunity for hands-on learning and procedures. The residents get along well with each other, and because it is such a small program we end up feeling like a family. Likewise, there is a great relationship between residents and attendings here; attending physicians are very interested in teaching and always available for help, and I am lucky to have quite a few mentors among them.

Daniel Grossman, DO

Grossman Daniel DO-398X 497

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem, NY

Undergraduate: Queens College of the City University of New York, New York, NY

Clarion Hospital's family medicine program has been a great fit for me because it has provided me with a wide range of patient care experiences so that I will be prepared for the breadth and depth of family medicine experiences when I graduate. At Clarion Hospital you are exposed to a wide variety of procedures and rotations including hospital medicine, cardiology, surgery and anesthesia. Clinic, which gives you exposure to outpatient office visits provides you with high quality practical patient care experiences on a weekly basis where under the supervision of your attendings you learn by ordering medications/testing for patients and follow up in the same manner that one would do as an attending after residency. Continuity patients at clinic as well as with nursing home and OB patients also allows you to develop strong doctor patient relationships and learn how to treat patient's over months to years.

Clarion Hospital's smaller sized program allows you to develop close working relationships with attendings and other residents which I find more appealing than big academic programs where you are might not be familiar with a patient's particular specialist on a given day. However, for patient's that do need highly specialized care, patient's can easily be sent to hospitals or specialists in Pittsburgh (which is only about an hour and a half away from Clarion). Living in Clarion is also very convenient for me as Clarion is great for quality of life (less traffic and more nature) but also only about an hour and a half to the big city life of Pittsburgh (as well as only about two hours from Cleveland and six hours from Northeast Corridor cities such as New York City or Philadelphia).

Sameen Mian, DO

Mian Seeman DO-398X 497

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ

Undergraduate: Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY

When applying to residency programs, it was very important to me to seek a program in the tristate area that is family friendly. After finishing my first year of residency training, I am thrilled to say that the Clarion Hospital FM Residency Program is everything and more than what I could have hoped for in a program. The work-life balance is truly ideal. I have been fortunate enough to have had ample time outside of work to devote to my family and personal commitments. It has been very easy and convenient for me to travel to and from NJ and for my spouse to vice versa relocate to Clarion. All of our Attending Physicians are so understanding, engaged with the residents and students, and willing to offer guidance and support of any capacity.

Here at Clarion, we have a small, close-knit community that includes FM residents, TY residents, attendings, medical students, and other hospital staff. We have all become very close in both our personal and professional lives and we continue to learn and grow together, day by day. I am particularly interested in Inpatient Medicine, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover upon beginning my PGY-1 year that the Clarion FM Residency Program offers extensive Inpatient Internal Medicine training experience. Furthermore, our affiliations with larger institutions like Butler Memorial Hospital and UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh provide excellent supplemental learning opportunities for residents to enhance and expand their training. Overall, I am tremendously happy and proud to be pursuing my residency training at Clarion Hospital, and I look forward to the years to come!

Michelle Warncke, MD

Warncke Michelle MD-398X 497

Medical School: University of London, St George's, London, UK

Undergraduate: University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

I had never heard of Clarion before I applied for residency here. What I was able to glean from the website and scouring Facebook posts gave me the image of a small community hospital with close connections to patients and their families. I have found this to be entirely true, but it is just the tip of the iceberg for all that I have come to see of Clarion Hospital, and I couldn't be happier.

My background has taken me through wildly different environments, but has always been grounded in communities. From working with the Deaf and refugee communities in San Diego, to learning how to navigate patients through the framework of a busy London hospital, to diabetes outreach in rural Germany, to research in North Carolina. Now I'm here, and it is both wholly unique from each of those areas, but the sense of community makes sure that I do not feel like a cuckoo in an unfamiliar nest.

Every day, I am grateful for the name popping up on a list of available programs. From working 1:1 with attendings who are eager to teach, to the flexibility to make this program my own, it is wonderful. It is customizable with plenty of elective time, flexible and adaptive to emergencies, and nurturing with the care and support of our co-residents and faculty members. Our teams of nurses and admin get to know us, and will help us shape our program. From calling us if there is a procedure they know we would be interested in, to supporting us as we take on passion projects, they show they care about our personal and professional growth. Dr. Kunselman, our program director, has us reach out directly to her with absolutely anything.