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Medical Education News & Events

Maintaining a balance between a robust training experience and a personal life is key to a maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That is why Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Medical Education program offers trainees in our osteopathic graduate medical education and undergraduate medical education numerous activities during training and during downtime.

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

Local Physician Published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

The article titled “Implications of a National Health Insurance Marketplace” by Eric E. Mast, DO, family medicine doctor with Firelands Physician Group, was published in the May issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

In his article, Dr. Mast explains the complexities that could arise from creating a national health insurance marketplace. This topic has been of much interest since the 2016 elections when the Trump administration announced that the repealing and replacing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was one of their primary goals. It has also been a hot-topic with those in the healthcare field, as it is unclear how a national health insurance marketplace would affect the average person’s access to insurance, and therefore, healthcare.

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association is the official scientific publication of the American Osteopathic Association, as well as the premier scholarly, peer-reviewed publication of the osteopathic medical profession.

Firelands Regional Medical Center Medical Education Celebrates Graduation

The Plum Brook Country Club served as the backdrop as 9 physicians and 2 pharmacists were recognized during the 36th graduation ceremony for Firelands Regional Medical Center’s medical education program.


Eric Mast, DO, director of medical education/family medicine residency, recognized the following graduates of the 2015-2018 residency class:

Marta Bringhurst, DO, who will continue her training in a plus one neuromusculoskeletal medicine residency at South Pointe Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tanen Brown, DO, who will continue his training in a maternal child health fellowship at PCC Community Health Systems in Chicago, Illinois.

Andrew Gantzer, DO, who will be joining Kettering Physician Network in Middletown, Ohio.

E. Kerry Pearson, DO, who will be joining the Falcon Health Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Kaitlin Schwerer, DO, who will be entering private practice in the Sandusky area.

Luis Perez, DO, director of transitional year residency, recognized the following graduates of the 2017-2018 residency class:

Jessica Branstetter, DO, who will continue her training in an emergency medicine / internal medicine residency at Jefferson Health Northeast in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Cuong Le, DO, who will continue his training in a dermatology residency at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, New Jersey.

Valerie Nemeth, DO, who will be continuing her training in the family medicine residency at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Chase Sofiak, DO, who will be continuing his training in a radiology residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

Darla J. Gaiser, RPh, director of pharmacy residency, recognized the following graduates of the 2017-2018 residency class:

Lauren M. DePietro, PharmD, who will be joining the VA in Detroit, Michigan specializing in ambulatory care pharmacy.

Maria J. LePoire, PharmD, who will be joining the Firelands Regional Medical Center clinical pharmacy team.

Dan Moncher, chief financial officer (CFO) of Firelands Regional Medical Center, provided welcoming comments to the graduates and those in attendance. Jim Spicer, vice president of human resources, delivered encouragement to the graduates.

After receiving their awards and certificates, graduates presented awards to area physicians who were instrumental in providing instruction and guidance during their education. Dr. Mona Nataprawira was recognized as the family medicine residency preceptor of the year. Dr. Anupam Jha was recognized as the transitional year residency preceptor of the year. Jaclyn Jensen, PharmD was recognized as the pharmacy residency preceptor of the year. 

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine outstanding physician awards were presented to Dr. Allison Petznick (primary care physician), Dr. Leanne Strack (specialty care physician), Dr. Ruta Semanskiene (primary care internal medicine physician), and Dr. Marta Bringhurst (resident physician). 

The evening concluded with a benediction from James E. Preston, DO, director of hospice and palliative medicine fellowship and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine assistant dean.

Firelands’ Traditional Rotating Internship Program Receives ACGME Accreditation

Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Traditional Rotating Internship program rehttps://www.facebook.com/#cently became an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Transitional Year Residency under the ACGME Single Accreditation System. Luis Perez, DO, Family Medicine, will serve as the Program Director.

Read the full news story here.

Family Medicine Residency Program Receives Osteopathic Recognition

Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency program was recently granted Osteopathic Recognition status by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Firelands offers three medical education programs – Family Medicine Residency, Traditional Rotating Internship, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship – all of which are designed to provide resident physicians with superb clinical medical education.
Osteopathic Recognition is awarded to an ACGME-accredited graduate medical education program providing requisite training in the Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP). Recognition is additional acknowledgment, supplemental to accreditation, for identified elements or categories of a program. Recognition is conferred through a voluntary process of evaluation and review based on published recognition standards.

For more than 40 years, Firelands Regional Medical Center has provided osteopathic medical education in Northwest Ohio, graduating over 285 residents and interns. Fostering a collegial environment, both allopathic and osteopathic physicians work together to offer a quality clinical medical education to the trainees. Firelands Regional Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning care.

Bowling Night 2017

Bowling Night 2017 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.

View photos from Bowling Night 2017 below.

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bowling night 2017
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bowling night 2017

Clinical Skills Lab 2016

View the photos from the Clinical Skills Lab below.

clinical sims lab
clinical sims lab
clinical sims lab
clinical sims lab

Fishing Trip 2016

View the photos from the 2016 Fishing Trip below.

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clinical sims lab

Sim Man Lab

View the photos from the Sim Man Lab below.

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sim man lab
sim man lab

Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Medical Education Program Awarded OSMA Accreditation

Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Continuing Medical Education program was surveyed by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) Focused Task Force and was awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years. This is the highest amount of accreditation the OSMA awards.

The primary purpose of OSMA accreditation is to ensure quality and integrity in continuing medical education (CME) by establishing criteria for the accreditation of CME providers in Ohio, including determining whether accredited providers meet and maintain accreditation criteria, promoting organizational self-assessment and improvement, and recognizing excellence.

“Receiving a six-year Accreditation with Commendation is an amazing testament to the hard work and commitment of all stakeholders involved in planning and implementing CME offerings at Firelands,” said Luis Perez, D.O., director of continuing medical education at Firelands. “Many different departments at Firelands have to work together to make quality CME programs possible, and it’s great to see the results of our excellent teamwork and collegiality recognized by the OSMA surveyors.”

For more than 40 years, Firelands Regional Medical Center has provided osteopathic medical education in Northwest Ohio, graduating over 285 residents and interns. Fostering a collegial environment, both allopathic and osteopathic physicians work together to offer a quality clinical medical education to the trainees. Firelands Regional Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning care.

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.

Media Inquires

If you have a media inquiry or would like to arrange an interview with someone from our Medical Education Program, please contact, during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.):
Alexandria Cruey
Marketing Manager
419-557-7883
crueyal@firelands.com
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Haley Hite
Marketing Generalist
419-557-7882
hitehal@firelands.com