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First-Year Residents


Kathryn Byers, DO
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pa.
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.
As a native Pittsburgher, I was happy to find a great residency program close to home.  Latrobe Family Medicine provides an excellent education and a wonderful group of people with whom to work.  Everyone is friendly and supportive ... and they go out of their way to teach.  Latrobe has a great location as a small town not too far from the city.  The program provides some of the best perks in the area including housing and the ability to take call from home.  I'm glad I was able to make Latrobe Family Medicine my home.
 

Cole Budinsky, MD
Medical School: Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
It was very easy to choose Latrobe as my program for Family Medicine.  Having had subsequent visits to the area after my initial interview, I knew I had found a home.  The entire Family Medicine Department made me feel like a part of the program from Day One.  The residents were extremely courteous and helpful as well as the administrative staff.  Early on, I could tell that Latrobe Hospital and the clinics we serve would provide us with a wide variety of medical opportunities for all to learn, practice and craft our own individual art of medicine in a uniquely unopposed residency culture.  The Latrobe area also happens to be conveniently located to my hometown, family and friends.  This friendly area that I now call home provides a different aspect of culture and living -- one that I am anxious and excited to explore.
 

Gustavo Gomez, MD
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
I chose Latrobe's family medicine program for several reasons.  First, I was exposed to it via my third year clerkship during medical school.  I found that I really connected with the residents and attendings on both personal and professional levels.  I saw firsthand their desire to teach, their compassion for their patients, and the community at large.  Secondly, I wanted an unopposed family medicine program that would provide a wide breadth of exposure, which Latrobe is and does.  Growing up in a rural northeast Pennsylvania town, I wanted a residency program that would remind me of home growing up.  Latrobe offers just that.  It is a close knit, rural community where neighbors say hello to each other.  Lastly, besides desiring a strong training program, I also wished to be part of a supportive, friendly environment.  When I matched at Latrobe, I felt that I had both matched into a strong family medicine program and joined the Latrobe Family Medicine family.
 

Salih S. Grice, MD
Medical School:  University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio
Undergraduate:  Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa.
I believe that family values and hard work are the cornerstones of healthy living.  These attributes are the foundation of the Greater Pittsburgh area.  Being born in Pittsburgh and raised in a suburb of Penn Hills, family values and hard work were ever present in me, as a member of this proud, blue collar town.  Latrobe is a part of my Greater Pittsburgh family and I am excited to be able to complete my medical training close to home.  It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to provide care for the residents of my hometown.
 

Andrew King, DO
Medical School:  New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, New York
Undergraduate:  Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana
I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and certainly felt a similar familiarity upon visiting Latrobe, Pa.  Since shadowing my primary care doctor, I have always had an interest in Family Medicine.  The faculty, residents, and staff made me feel like part of a family where I could learn and grow as a physician.  Latrobe reminded me of the environment that I would like to practice in some day.  My areas of interest include sports medicine and integrative medicine as well as continuing my training in osteopathic manipulation.  Outside of the hospital, some of my interests include watching all Boston sports teams (sorry Penguins fans), any outdoor activity, yoga, and occasionally playing a round of golf.  I truly felt that the Latrobe Family Medicine Program was a place where I could "Excel."
 

Nicholas Kotsonis, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Undergraduate: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
I chose Latrobe and Excela  Health for two reasons.  The first, this residency is unopposed, which means as the only residents in the hospital, the entire breath of medical experiences are ours.  I knew coming here would prepare me well for life after residency.  The second reason was family.  The sense of family and community at the program began long before I applied and it was something I knew would help me thrive here.
 

Justin Palatt, MD
Medical School: St. George University, Grenada
Undergraduate: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
 When I first came to Latrobe, the dynamic energy and convivial atmosphere drew me in.  The physicians were treating not only their patients, but their neighbors, and they all treated each other with respect.  I wanted to be in a setting that would give me the tools to continue my career in a rural or suburban area, and that was unopposed so that my education was undiluted on each rotation.  Couple this setting with sincere devotion to resident education and I knew this was the perfect program for me.
 

Michael Williams, DO
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, W.Va.
Undergraduate: West Virginia University, Morgantown, W. Va.
When it came time to search for a residency, I wanted to go somewhere that was inviting and had smart, intelligent residents who were able to communicate well with each other in the work setting and out of the work environment.  Coming from Lewisburg, W.Va., where I attended medical school, I was use to an atmosphere where I was surrounded with my fellow medical students in a tight knit setting.  This hospital represents that as well.  I am also glad to be near my hometown of Morgantown, W. Va.  I'll always bleed blue and gold for WVU.  I enjoy sports (Pittsburgh pro sports teams, San Francisco Giants and anything WVU), kayaking, crossword puzzles, breweries, concerts and traveling throughout the USA.  I'm looking forward to the next three years of my life as I progress as a physician.

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