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Nicolas Cortese, DO
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.
Undergraduate: Duke University, Durham, N.C.

Choosing Latrobe Family medicine Residency was an easy decision for me.  During rotations as a medical student, it was clear how happy, personable. friendly and intelligent the residents were.  I also noticed how much the other physicians, hospital staff, the community and its members valued and respected the residents.  The culture of the program made me feel like I was going to be more than just another resident.  It also made me feel like a member of the Excela Latrobe family.  As a true unopposed program, it offered the ultimate hands-on learning experience and 1:1 attending interaction during all rotations, including the ICU, obstetrics and pediatrics.  With both my wife and me growing up in nearby Greensburg, Pa., we wanted to be close to family and friends as well as having the opportunity to take care of members of the community where we grew up.  As winners of the prestigious Baldwin Award, the Latrobe Family Medicine Residency was the place I could not only achieve my career goals, but also have time and energy to raise my family and pursue my hobbies.

Alexander Fleming, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.
Undergraduate: Davidson College, Davidson, N.C.

I I chose Latrobe Family Medicine for residency because I wanted an unopposed residency full of peers who actively engages in teaching.  Every attending, resident, pharmacist and psychologist have taken an active interest in helping me become the best doctor possible by allowing me to manage my own patients and teaching me when I might not know the answer, instead of just telling me what to do.  Latrobe is an excellent place to treat a rural, underserved population while learning from a knowledgeable and caring staff.  The other residents have welcomed me in and created a family/team environment that has made me feel comfortable since my first day here.  Our residency was awarded the 2018 DeWitt C. Baldwin Award that is given to a residency that fosters a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and the delivery of patient care, which leads to the personal and professional development of learners.  it specifically mentions humanism in medicine where all providers are sufficiently supported.  I've only spent a month here, but can already attest that this award was well deserved.  I'm very excited to spend my next three years at Latrobe and cannot wait to see what opportunities await.

Raymond Gatzke, MD
Medical School: Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
Undergraduate:  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Latrobe has a number of positives that makes the program appealing.  The staff, faculty and fellow residents are helpful, welcoming and motivated to train excellent physicians.  It is an unopposed program that allows us to obtain as much experience as possible during our training without having to compete with residents from other specialties.  There is also a significant number of perks including the available subsidized housing.  Because of those reasons and the opportunity to be close to friends and family, the Latrobe Family Medicine Residency program was a great fit for me.

Alexa Marconi, DO
Medical School
: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.
Undergraduate: Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pa.

I chose the Latrobe Family Medicine Residency for multiple reasons.  The location of the program was perfect for me.  Both my husband and I grew up around this area, myself being from Greensburg, Pa.  We are really close to our families and so finding a program that was close to home was extremely important to us.  The program also offers housing that is within walking distance to the hospital, which, in my opinion, is a huge perk!  Latrobe itself is a wonderful area to live in, especially for people who are fans of the outdoors since it is near the Loyalhanna and Youghiogheny Rivers, Linn Run State Park, and roughly an hour from Ohiopyle State Park.  Location aside, however, this program was still my Number One choice.  I spent time with the program as a medical student and found the program director, attending physicians and resident physicians to be some of the most compassionate, well-rounded and intelligent family medicine physicians I had come by.  I also really enjoyed the professional, but down-to-earth attitudes displayed by most of the physicians here.  I honestly could not be more thankful for matching with this wonderful program.

Chaitya Parikh, DO
Medical School: Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, Fla.
Undergraduate: McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada


Latrobe Family Medicine Residency was a fantastic choice for me to complete my training.  Upon interaction with the faculty members and current residents during my interview, it was clear that this was the right place for me.  I would have the chance to learn many different aspects of medicine given the community setting and the unopposed nature of the program.  Seeing how happy and grateful many of the current residents were towards the program encouraged me to join the program.  Also, despite being from Canada, the positive culture of the program and the kindness and friendliness of the community made me feel welcomed and at home.  I look forward to complete my residency here and become one of the many excellent physicians that have been produced from here.  The area of Westmoreland county looks peaceful and serene, I hope to explore the area by hiking and check out what the great city of Pittsburgh has to offer as well.


Lauren Sciullo, DO
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie Pa.
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.

I Growing up in Westmoreland County and living in the city of Pittsburgh for many years, I ideally did not want to leave the area for residency, but I also did not want to give up quality of a program for location.  Lucky for me, this fantastic program met my requirements, allowing me to be about an hours from the city and 40 minutes from home.  When choosing a program, I wanted a place where the residents have a strong relationship not only with each other, but also with the attending physicians.  Latrobe Family medicine goes above and beyond in that area.  I feel this program fosters an excellent learning environment where everyone will go out of their way to help and teach you.  Each resident is a priority and everyone wants you to succeed.  I believe this program can shape me not only into a competent physicians, but into a great one.  It is also important to me not only to learn the science behind the medicine, but to master the art of medicine.  I find the physicians here have a strong bond with their patients and want each resident to be a caring and compassionate physician who also has a strong knowledge base.  In just my first month here, I am truly happy with my decision to pursue my residency and further my medical education in Latrobe.

Karren Vlahos, DO
Medical School:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.
Undergraduate:  Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

I chose to come to Latrobe for many reasons.  First, I wanted to come to an unopposed program, one that would make me a well-rounded physicians and prepare me for anything that may be thrown at me later in my career.  I wanted to have the responsibility and know what to do with whatever disease or disease process I see without always having to refer out to a specialist.  I valued this program in particular for their emphasis of work/life balance and how everyone looks out for each other.  Everyone at this program comes from a different background and has something unique to offer and something to teach one another.  This program fosters an environment of learning and bettering yourself and holds you to high standards.  You can tell that the attendings and upper years really care for you and want you to succeed and achieve your goals.  Not only did Latrobe have all of this, but the icing on the cake was that it was close to home for me, which was really important.  Not only do I have the support of my co-residents and attendings, I also have my family support system so close during this journey.  And it doesn't hurt that I'm back in Steeler's, Penguin's and Pirate's country.

Megan Wilson, DO
Medical School: West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, W. Va.
Undergraduate:  Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.

IAfter growing up in Greensburg and attending Hempfield High School, I knew I wanted to return to Western Pennsylvania after finishing medical school.  I had the opportunity to do an audition rotation with Latrobe Family Medicine and knew immediately that I liked the program after meeting the other residents, faculty and staff.  I was welcomed very warmly by the staff at Norvelt Family Medicine, felt right at home working with the other residents, and learned a lot from the attending physicians.  I was so excited to come back home for residency, to live near my family, and give back to the community in which I was raised.  So many people here have supported me in all of my endeavors and I look forward to serving all of them and their families as a new medical resident.  It was just an added bonus that I also can be just an hour away from my beloved Penguins, Steelers and Pirates.