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First-Year Residents

  Susan Anderson, MD
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio
Graduate Degree: The Ohio State University, Columbus
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

I chose the Latrobe Family Medicine Residency because of the great opportunity it provides to learn both community and hospital medicine.  The attending physicians, residents and staff are welcoming, with a genuine camaraderie and commitment to teaching.  The Latrobe area has a strong sense of community and identity, which makes it easy to develop meaningful bonds with both patients and colleagues.

 
  Matthew Govora, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pa.
Undergraduate: Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa.

Growing up in Greensburg, I wanted to be able to give back to the community that has given me so much.  The residency program here is special and unique.  Being an unopposed residency, the residents here have so much exposure.  The entire staff is very friendly and love to teach.  The resident support system in wonderful.   From the moment I matched at Latrobe, I felt like I was joining a family, not just a group of residents waiting to graduate and move on.

 
  Angelina Meier, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.
Undergraduate: Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

I am originally from Blairsville, and a Greater Latrobe Senior High School graduate. When I was younger, I volunteered at Latrobe Hospital and one of the satellite sites. I grew up in this area and I appreciate the rural community. I hope one day to practice and provide service to the communities in this area. Besides my ties to the area, I chose this program due to the emphasis on education, continuity of care, and community involvement. I believe Latrobe is the best program to facilitate my transformation into an excellent family physician.

   
  Tiffany Pruchnik, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.
Undergraduate: Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.

I chose to come to Latrobe's family medicine residency for several reasons. When I began residency searching, I looked for a family medicine residency that would encourage growth in both the medical field and personal development. I searched for a program that would teach me to be the best physician I can be, ever stressing the values of hard work, continuing education, compassion and strong moral, family values. Not long into the interview, I soon realized that Latrobe's program would do all of this and more. Every person I met was friendly and welcoming, making me feel right at home. The interactions with attending and residents clearly demonstrated to me that I would have excellent teachers and peers. Furthermore, as a graduate of Saint Vincent College, I knew I loved the area and my fiancé's family lives nearby so I would have a strong family base from the start. Now that I have started, I know my decision was the right one and I look forward to the challenges that are sure to come.


   
Ahmad Rasheed, MD
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and rural Clinton, Iowa, before doing my training in Washington, D.C. The firm sense of a tight knit community and family that you get with a town like Latrobe is something I've been eagerly awaiting throughout my training. More than any other residency program I've seen, Latrobe really goes the extra mile to create that sense of family bond -- even encouraging the residents to live nearby each other and know each other as neighbors and friends as well as colleagues. This family-oriented approach is carried through to patient care as well. In our unopposed residency, the attendings, faculty and staff always go the extra mile to teach, encourage and champion us as residents while still giving us the perfect degree of autonomy and responsibility to learn how best to manage our patients. Having your colleagues, your co-workers, your patients and your community-at-large appreciating you for what you do? - it's a dream job, and it's only just starting."


 
  Andrew Schleihauf, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.
Undergraduate: Allegheny College, Neadville, Pa.

I chose the Latrobe Family Medicine Residency Program for several reasons.  I am a native of Connellsville, Pa., and have lived in Southwest, Pa., my entire life.   I met my fiancé in high school and plan to stay in the area.  I have had a strong interest in family medicine and sports medicine since high school.  I spent some time as a medical student on rotations at Excela and really enjoyed myself.   Each attending and resident was a great teacher and a pleasure to be around.  The staff at Excela is also very helpful and kind. The time I spent at Saltsburg family practice was a great learning environment and I felt I would really enjoy practicing there.  I have enjoyed the area since playing Little League tournaments at Legion Keener Park many years ago.   The program has a very strong history and produces very well trained residents.  When choosing a family medicine residency program, there was not a more complete package than this program.

   
  Erik Svensson, MD
Medical School: Saint Matthew's University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: State University of New York at Binghamton

I chose Latrobe because of the outstanding reputation for training excellent physicians.  All of the attendings are so dedicated to the development of each resident, and there is a great sense of "teamwork" among all members of the staff.  The city of Latrobe is full of exciting things for the whole family to participate in and we think it is the perfect place for our newborn baby to grow up.  The resident housing right across from the hospital entrance really appealed to me, especially being able to take call from home.   

   
  Andrea Watts, MD
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Born and raised in Northville, Mich., I majored in Medical Technology at The Ohio State University. I am a huge Buckeye football fan, and any free Saturday I have from the end of August through January, you can find me watching ESPN College Game Day followed by cheering my Buckeyes to victory! Also in my spare time I enjoy running outdoors, cooking and relaxing with my wonderful boyfriend and our adorable Chihuahua Bruno.

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