Medical Education: <br /> News & Events

Medical Education:
News & Events

Firelands Regional Medical Education program offers trainees in our osteopathic graduate medical education and undergraduate medical education numerous activities to maintain a healthy balance between a robust training experience and a balanced lifestyle.

Please choose a link below to learn about the various news and events which feature our trainees.

Firelands Regional Medical Center Celebrates 34th Graduation

The Plum Brook Country Club served as the backdrop as 10 physicians were recognized during the 34th graduation ceremony for Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Medical Education program. Eric Mast, D.O., Director, Medical Education/Family Medicine Residency at Firelands Regional Medical Center, recognized the following graduates of the 2013-2016 Family Medicine Residency Class and the 2015-2016 Internship Class:

  • Crystal L. Parks, DO, Family Medicine Resident will be joining Providence Family Physicians at Alabama Providence Health Care Services in Semmes, Alabama.
  • Maulin G. Shah, DO, Family Medicine Resident will be joining will be joining OSF Medical Group in Dwight, IL.
  • Kendra N. von der Embse, DO, Family Medicine Resident will be joining the Providence Medical Group’s Beavercreek Commons Family Practice in Beavercreek, Ohio. 
  • Matthew N. Widmer, DO,  Family Medicine Resident will be continuing his training at ProMedica Primary Care Sports Fellowship at Wildwood Orthopedic and Spine Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. 
  • Darrel A. Ceballos, DO, Traditional Rotating Intern will be continuing his training as a Radiology Resident at The University of South Alabama.
  • Andrew C. Gantzer, DO, Traditional Rotating Intern will be continuing his training in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Firelands Regional Medical Center. 
  • Adeline T. Kikam, DO, Traditional Rotating Intern will be continuing her training as a Dermatology Resident at Texas OPTI / Bay Area Corpus Christi Medical Center in McAllen, Texas. 
  • June C. Kunapareddy, DO, Traditional Rotating Intern will be continuing her training as a Dermatology Resident at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

James Preston, D.O., Director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Firelands Regional Medical Center, recognized the following graduates of the 2015-2016 Hospice and Palliative Fellowship:

  • Matthew R. Brown, DO, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow will be joining the Palliative Medicine Department at Ohio Health – Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus Ohio. 
  • Anna R. Kent, DO, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow will be joining the Summit Family Physicians/Summit Palliative Care Department at Summit Health, Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

Martin Tursky, CEO of Firelands Regional Medical Center provided welcoming comments to the graduates and those in attendance.

After receiving their awards and certificates, graduates presented awards to area physicians who were instrumental in providing instruction and guidance during the year. 

Dr. Kristopher Lindbloom was recognized as the recipient of the Family Medicine Residency Preceptor of the Year Award. Dr. Abhilash Perisetti was recognized with the Internship Preceptor of the Year Award.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Outstanding Physician Awards were presented to Dr. Matthew Braniecki (Primary Care Physician); Dr. Todd Rambasek (Specialty Care); Dr. Michael Powers (Primary Care Specialty Physician); and Dr. Matthew Johnston (Resident Physician). 

Family Health Services Preceptors were also recognized and included Reagan E.A. Bristol, D.O., Kari M. Ketvertis, M.D., Luis L. Perez, D.O., and John F. Ramey, D.O.

The evening concluded with a benediction from James E. Preston, D.O., Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Assistant Dean.

Bowling Night 2016

Bowling Night 2016 provided Firelands Medical Education Residents and Interns, along with their families, an evening of entertainment and camaraderie. Faculty members along with members of Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Senior Management also participated in the evening event.

Dr. Mast Recognized as Master Faculty by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Firelands Physician Group is pleased to announce that Eric E. Mast, DO, Director of Medical Education and Family Medicine Residency Program at Firelands Regional Medical Center, has been chosen as one of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-HCOM) Master Faculty.

The Master Faculty award is to recognize exemplary Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) faculty and their dedication to OU-HCOM, the CORE System, and their ongoing contributions to clinical education programs.

Dr. Mast is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He completed his medical education at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, OH.

Bowling Night 2015

Bowling Night 2015 provided Firelands Medical Education Residents and Interns, along with their families, an evening of entertainment and camaraderie. Faculty members along with members of Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Senior Management also participated in the evening event.

Dr. Preston Recognized by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Preston Triliumaward2014James E. Preston, DO, CORE assistant dean; program director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, with the Medical Education Program at Firelands Regional Medical Center, was recently awarded the coveted Trillium Award from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Trillium Award was created in 2013 by Kenneth Johnson, D.O., executive dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, to recognize individuals who have supported the college and made exceptional efforts to help it thrive and grow.

Dr. Preston was appointed in July 1997 by Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM) as Assistant Dean, Clinical Affairs, NW CORE, and served as the Director of Medical Education at Firelands Regional Medical Center from 1991 to 2008. A graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Dr. Preston came to Sandusky because of the excellent reputation of its medical education program. He and his family quickly fell in love with the Lake Erie area and decided to establish a family medicine practice here in 1981. Active in local, state and national osteopathic education, Dr. Preston became the President of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators in 1997. Dr. Preston began working in hospice in 2005. He became certified in hospice and palliative medicine in 2010. In coordination with Firelands Regional Medical Center and Stein Hospice Services Inc., Dr. Preston developed an AOA-accredited fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is its program director.

Firelands Medical Education Resident featured in St. Jude's "Promise" magazine

Kendra von der Embse, DO, family medicine resident at Firelands Regional Medical Center, was recently featured in St. Jude’s Promise, Winter 2014 magazine. The story was one of six articles that highlighted former St. Jude patients who have gone on to pursue a career in the medical field. Click here to read about Kendra von der Embse, DO.