Sampson Regional graduates first class of family medicine residents


CLINTON — Sampson Regional Medical Center announced its first graduating class of family medicine residents who complete their residency on June 30. These family medicine residents along with the hospital’s dermatology residents and traditional year interns celebrated the completion of their programs during a recent graduation ceremony held at Coharie Country Club.

Drs. Keith Burke, Steve Jones, and Rita Mikhail-Vaswani are the first residents to graduate from the hospital’s Family Medicine Residency program.

The Family Medicine Residency began in 2016, through affiliation with the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University in Buies Creek. At the time the program accepted its first class of residents, it was fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association and has since received recognition by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Under the program direction of Dr. John-Mark Miller, Drs. Burke, Jones and Mikhail-Vaswani completed their rotations and built the foundation for future residents of the program.

“SampsonRMC has built an outstanding Family Medicine Residency program. They were true pioneers stepping into something that was unestablished and trusting that we could make it work,” Miller said.

During their time in the program, they completed rotations in surgery, obstetrics, cardiology, dermatology, pediatrics, orthopedics, both inpatient and outpatient family medicine, and critical care areas of the hospital.

Jones served as chief resident for 18 months; normally, this position is held for only 12 months. Jones worked to arrange lectures and didactics for the residents, he managed the residents’ schedules, and served as a resource for them, all on top of his own resident requirements.

The groundwork laid by the first class of family medicine residents has proven to make this a top program. “What was first started with four family residents, has now grown into a full complement of 12 family medicine residents,” Miller said.

As the first class of family medicine residents moves on to their next journey. Mikhail-Vaswani has accepted a position on SampsonRMC’s hospitalist team.

“Dr. Mikhail-Vaswani has made tremendous growth as a young physician, and we are excited that she will be staying at SampsonRMC to start her career and help train the next generation of physicians,” Miller said.

Also very proud of his residents’ accomplishments is Dr. Johnathan Crane, Dermatology Residency Program director. Under his direction, SampsonRMC’s dermatology residency has grown over the past five years from one resident to six. Two of them graduate at the end of this month.

This year the program graduates its third class of two residents. “Dr. Dana Baigrie and Dr. Joseph Prohaska are two outstanding dermatologists who have big futures ahead of them,” Crane said. In August, Baigrie will join Crane’s practice, Atlantic Dermatology, seeing patients in Clinton three days a week and at the Wilmington office two days.

SampsonRMC also celebrates the achievement and graduation of four interns from the Traditional Year Intern program: Dr. Katrina Hansen, Dr. Amy Paige, Dr. Rachel Palmer and Dr. Eric Woo. The Traditional Rotating Internship is an academic and clinically oriented program designed to provide a broad scope of training.

As the TRIs head out to their respective residency programs, Woo will continue his time in Sampson County as he joins SampsonRMC’s Family Medicine Residency in July.


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