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 Medical Education Celebrates 33rd Graduation

The Sandusky Yacht Club served as the backdrop as seven physicians were recognized during the 33rd 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 2012-2015 Family Medicine Residency Class and the 2014-2015 Internship:

  • Matthew A. Braniecki, D.O., Family Medicine Residency
  • Lucy K. O’Brien, D.O., Family Medicine Residency
  • M. Ryan Parks, D.O., Family Medicine Residency
  • Shelli A. Ridge, D.O., Family Medicine Residency
  • Tesh Gulliya, D.O., Traditional Rotating Internship
  • Robert N. Petro, D.O., Traditional Rotating Internship
  • J. Adam Tarrence, D.O., Traditional Rotating Internship

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. Allison Petznick was recognized as the recipient of the Family Medicine Residency Preceptor of the Year Award. Dr. Patrick Tupa 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 Petznick (Primary Care Physician); Dr. Scott Sheldon (Specialty Care); Dr. Robert Vaschak (Primary Care Specialty Physician); and Dr. Matthew Braniecki (Resident Physician).

Master Faculty Designations were awarded to: Dr. Essam Elashi, Dr. Vinay Gudena, Dr. Kari Ketvertis, Dr. Eric Mast, and Dr. James Preston. They joined an elite group of only 156 Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine clinical faculty members for their exceptional teaching and outstanding contributions.

The Presentation of Appreciation Award recognized M. Ryan Parks, D.O., and Chief Resident.

Family Health Services Preceptors were also recognized and included Reagan E.A. Bristol, D.O., Kari M. Ketvertis, M.D., Luis 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 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 Resident Wins Scientific Paper Competition

Rogers RoxanneRoxanne B. Rogers, DO, Family Medicine Resident with Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Medical Education Program was recently honored for her submission “Burning Mouth Syndrome” to the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (Ohio ACOFP)/CORE FM-RPAC paper competition.

Originally from Fenton, Michigan, Dr. Rogers is in her third year as a Family Medicine Resident at Firelands Regional Medical Center. Dr. Rogers completed her undergraduate education in neuroscience at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado and received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

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.