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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.

Firelands Family Medicine Residency Program Obtains $3,000 Grant

Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program was recently awarded a $3,000 grant to to encourage research by learners in rural health professions education and training about rural primary care, rural population health, and rural health workforce education and training. The funds will be used to purchase point of care lead testing equipment.

The grant was awarded by the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research Education and Practice (Rural PREP) from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Andrew Gantzer, a family medicine resident at Firelands, organized the application for the grant.

Point-of-care lead testing equipment is used to test lead levels in the blood, and can be used by family medicine physicians. Each state has guidelines for blood lead testing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that “children should be tested at least once when they are 2 years of age or, ideally, twice, at 1 and 2 years of age, unless lead exposure can be confidently excluded.”

Local Physician Testifies at Statehouse

James E. Preston, DO, program director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship with the Medical Education Program at Firelands Regional Medical Center and senior medical director of Stein Hospice, recently appeared before the Ohio House of Representatives Aging & Long Term Care Committee on behalf of the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA) to support palliative care legislation.

HB 286 creates the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council, establishes the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program, and requires health care facilities to identify patients and residents who could benefit from palliative care.

Preston, a family physician who is certified in palliative care, noted the need for clear definitions in state law given the difference regarding the role of chronic and acute pain management versus hospice and palliative care services.

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, 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 and 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.

Local Physician Earns Fellow Status Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Larry E. Robinson Jr., DO, CMD, FAAHPM, attending physician and medical director of Stein Hospice and senior faculty of the Medical Education Program at Firelands Regional Medical Center, has earned the designation Fellow of the Amerian Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The Academy is a professional organization for physicians who care for patients with serious illness.

Advancement to fellowship status within the academy honors dedication to and scholarship in the field of the hospice and palliative medicine. This distinction represents a minimum of 5 years of membership, participation in AAHPM activities, letters of recommendation, and board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.

A graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Robinson began his medical career with an internship and family medicine residency at Firelands Regional Medical Center. He also served in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq in 2006, during which he served as a Squadron Surgeon. Dr. Robinson began working at Partners in Primary Care and Family Health Services of Erie County in 2008, as well as Stein Hospice in and the Ohio Veterans Home in 2009. He has received numerous awards, including the Ohio ACOFP Resident of the Year award in 2004, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, and Family Physician of the Year in 2011 and 2014.

“I’ve enjoyed working in hospice and palliative medicine, and appreciate the opportunity it gives me to grow in a profession that I love,” said Dr. Robinson.

Dr. Robinson is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, and is a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine from the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM). He will receive the fellow status award during the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in Boston, MA in February 25, 2018.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s membership includes more than 5,000 physicians and other healthcare professional committed to improving the care of patients with serious or life-threatening conditions. Since 1988, AAHPM has supported hospice and palliative medicine through advancement of clinical practice standards, fostering research, providing education, and through public policy advocacy.

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.

Bowling Night

Bowling Night 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 below.

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bowling night 2017
bowling night 2017
bowling night 2017

Clinical Skills Lab

View the photos from the Clinical Skills Lab below.

clinical skills lab
clinical skills lab
clinical skills lab
clinical skills lab
clinical skills lab

Fishing Trip

View the photos from the Fishing Trip below.

clinical sims lab
clinical sims lab

Sim Man Lab

sim man lab

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