“After interviewing at several places, it became apparent to me that none could match the camaraderie at Latrobe Hospital. The family-like atmosphere promotes learning the art of medicine. From medical students to residents to attendings, everyone is treated with respect. Additionally, the hospital-subsidized housing the program offers is a great perk that cannot be matched by many other programs.”
Sarah Barlow, MD
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA.Undergraduate: The University of Delaware.
“Latrobe offers me the opportunity to fully grasp the family practice career. In a larger institution, it is very easy to get lost in the system, as a family medicine resident. Being a part of this program, in which we are the only resident physicians on staff, allows us to gain much more responsibility and educational experience. Our attendings have a great way of constantly teaching us, without us feeling like we are being lectured. It keeps me intrigued, involved and always wanting to learn more. Our physicians and staff are incredibly supportive and create a unique and caring family enviroment. "
Frank Balloqui, MD
Medical School: Ross University, Domenica, West Indies
Undergraduate: Queens College, N.Y.
“The main reason I wanted to attend Latrobe's program would have to be the people working here. During my interview, everyone was so friendly and got along so well with each other. It was great to see such camaraderie in a program and to realize that I would fit in well in that kind of atmosphere."
Tawny Sauriol, MD
Medical School: The University of California, San Diego Medical School
“I grew up in Orange County, Calif., and attended the University of California, San Diego Medical School. After medical school, I completed a preliminary year in general surgery and decided surgery just wasn't for me. I opted for family medicine because of the broadness of the field. Moving to Latrobe, Pa., was a bit of a culture shock, but a positive one. My family and I are so blessed to have come to such a great area and program. Everyone is so welcoming. I am married with two children, Carson, 12, and Bella, 2.
Elizabeth Spaar, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.
Undergraduate: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa.
“I was looking for a family residency program that would provide me with a solid education and be supportive of my life outside of residency as well. With a husband and two children at home, it was a must. What I found when I interviewed at Latrobe Family Medicine Residency was a group of residents and attendings who struck me as being down-to-earth, knowledgable, and who genuinely cared about their patients and loved medicine. I feel lucky to have found a residency where I work hard and learn a lot, but feel part of a family at the same time.”
Zach Walton, DO
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.
Undergraduate: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
“I chose Latrobe because of its community setting that allows for continuity of care. We have the autonomy to see our own patients in our respective offices, which provides a great teaching environment. I also grew up in the Latrobe area and hope to practice here one day.”