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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 former 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 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 Sandusky Yacht Club served as the backdrop as 9 physicians and 1
pharmacist were recognized during the 37th graduation ceremony for Firelands Regional Medical Center’s medical education program.

Eric Mast, DO, director of medical education, recognized the following graduates of the 2016-2019 family medicine residency:

Adam C. Link, DO, who will be joining Northern Ohio Family Practice in Norwalk, Ohio.  

Meghan K. O’Grady, DO, who will be joining Ohio Health Primary Care in Columbus, Ohio.

Lauren D. Pokomo, DO, who will be joining Heights Family Practice in Billings Heights, Montana.  

Zachary W. Townsend, DO, who is finalizing his plans to practice in Dayton, Ohio.

The following graduates of the 2018-2019 transitional year residency were recognized:

Alicia Ferguson, DO, who will continue her training in a Radiology Residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio

Mara C. Harris, DO, who will continue her training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.    

Christian J. Park, DO, who will be continuing his training in a Radiology Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 

Shawn J. Warner, DO, who will be continuing his training in an Internal Medicine Residency at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. 

James Preston, DO, Program Director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, recognized the following graduate of the 2018-2019 hospice and palliative medicine fellowship:

Nancy Cloak, MD, who will be joining Stein Hospice in Sandusky, Ohio.

Rachael Macko, PharmD, MBA, Program director of the pharmacy residency, recognized the following graduate of the 2018-2019 pharmacy residency:

Sam Martin, PharmD, who will be joining Firelands Regional Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacist in the inpatient pharmacy. 

Jeremy Normington-Slay, CEO of Firelands Regional Medical Center, provided welcoming comments to the graduates and those in attendance. Jim Spicer, VP of Firelands Regional Medical Center also delivered an address 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. Mikhail Kirnus was recognized as the family medicine residency preceptor of the year. Dr. Patrick Tupa was recognized as the transitional year residency preceptor of the year. Mary Hermes, 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. Matthew Widmer (primary care physician), Dr. Donald Smith (specialty care physician), Dr. John Yuhas (primary care internal medicine physician), and Dr. Cameron Conard (resident physician).
2019 GraduatesAll ResidentsFamily Medicine with Dr. KirnusTY with Dr. Tupa

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 2019
bowling night 2019
bowling night 2019

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