Central Maine Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency recognized six third-year family medicine residents at their recent graduation program on Friday, June 29, 2018. Honored at the commencement exercises were family physicians: (Left to Right: Susan Miller, MD, Co-Chief Resident, Colette Charles, MD, Co-Chief Resident, John Gunel, DO, James Flannery, MD, Sarah Kelley-Spearing, DO and Ankur Patel, MD.)
Donald “Raj” Woolever, MD, Program Director, gave the welcome address with Deborah Taylor, PhD, serving as graduation mistress of ceremonies. In attendance were Family Medicine Residency faculty, residents and residency staff, hospital and office based CMMC physician teachers, family doctors who serve in the Family Medicine Center as preceptors for residents and medical students, as well as graduating residents’ families and special invited guests.
David Tupponce, MD, Executive VP CMHC and President of CMMC, was invited to speak on behalf of the CMMG Administration.
The graduating resident class awarded the following:
FMR Clinical Staff of the Year – Given to all clinical, clerical and administrative staff
Community Preceptor of the Year – David Loxterkamp, MD
Faculty Teacher of the Year – Elizabeth Rothe, MD
Bruce Johnson Award – John Lowery, DO, PhD. The Dr. Bruce Johnson Residency Teacher of the Year Award honors the physician who, as voted by the graduating senior residents, made the most outstanding contribution to their Family Medicine Residency education.
Swift River Rural Training Track
RT Staff of the Year – Sharon Rickards
RT Faculty of the Year – Stephanie Sinclair, MD
The resident graduates were honored by their faculty advisors:
Colette Charles, MD Presented by Bethany Picker, MD
James Flannery, MD Presented by John Lowery, DO, PhD
John Gunel, DO Presented by Hunter Sharp, DO
Sarah Kelley-Spearing, DO Presented by Anne Johnson, MD
Susan Miller, MD Presented by Bethany Picker, MD
Ankur Patel, MD Presented by Todd Kitchens, DO
Dr. Woolever presented the following awards:
Residency Chiefs – Colette Charles, MD and Susan Miller, MD
Resident Teacher of the Year – Colette Charles, MD
Professionalism Award – Susan Miller MD
Resident Research Award – John Gunel, DO
Dr. Woolever, along with the Family Medicine Residency faculty, presented the graduates with their diplomas and framed photographs taken by local photographer Kip Elliott. Deborah Taylor, PhD, gave closing remarks.
Here is where our family medicine graduates will be practicing:
Colette Charles, MD – Health Access Network, Medway, ME
James Flannery, MD – Hospitalist, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland, VT
John Gunel, DO – Evergreen Sports Medicine Fellowship, Augusta, ME
Sarah Kelley-Spearing, DO – Colorado
Susan Miller, MD – Clinic at Island Family Medicine, Stonington and Hospitalist at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, ME
Ankur Patel, MD – Primary Care Clinic Boston PC, Boston, MA
CMMC’s Family Medicine Residency was founded in 1978 to support the development of a primary care foundation and provide well trained family physicians for the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond. We are proud to have these former graduates of the CMMC Residency practicing in the area: Drs. Nicole Boutaugh, Leslie Bradbury, Kara Callahan, Shannon Deschenes, Adam Duquette, Steve Fairchild, Margo Goodman, Trisha Gushue, Manju Hilary, Todd Kitchens, Alicia Koteles, Cathy Krouse, Gerry Lachance, Shayna Lemke, John Lowery, Jeff Lynds, Margaret Matthews, Lisa McAllister, Shauna McElrath, James Ostrander, Kurt Oswald, Joanie Peter, Nathan Raby, Gary Rivard, Sarah Skelton, Stephanie Sinclair and Ray Tardif.