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Third-Year Residents

Hannah Aucoin, DO

Hannah Aucoin

Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Duquesne University

When I met the staff and residents at Latrobe Family Medicine Residency I could tell it was a welcoming environment with an emphasis on growth. I felt that it was the nurturing environment that could help me become a great physician. They listened to my interests and career goals and told me that they would cater my training to my specific interests and help me build the skills necessary to be successful in whatever path I choose.

Additionally, I love the emphasis this program places on "patient first." I entered into the field of medicine not to become smart and successful, but rather help my patients to the best of my ability. Keeping the patient as the primary focus of my training was important to me and something this program does very well.

Evelyn Jung, DO

Evelyn Jung

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Seton Hill
Undergraduate: Brandeis University, Waltham Massachusetts

Growing up in NYC, I have always wanted to move to a small town where I can enjoy the fresh air and be involved with my community. Latrobe was exactly what I imagined a small town would be and I have loved every minute of it. I rotated here in the beginning of my third year and enjoyed the camaraderie while still getting a great education. The residents and attendings took me under their wings, taught me medicine, and showed me how to become an outstanding physician.

Due to my positive experience in Excela as a third year student, I wanted to become a Family Medicine Physician. Returning here as a fourth year, I was again impressed by the welcoming atmosphere and the wonderful relationship that the residents have. I knew that Excela was where I wanted to be.

Furthermore, this residency encompasses what it means to be a Family Physician. Each attending and resident I have worked with is very knowledgeable yet still very humble. They treat their patients with compassion and provide exceptional care. I am excited to be a part of the Excela Family Medicine Residency family and am looking forward to becoming the best Family Medicine Physician I can be.

Alaina McClarren, DO

Alaina McClarren

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa.

The Latrobe Family Medicine Residency Program is a perfect fit for me because it is comprised of highly skilled and knowledgeable clinicians who are dedicated to teaching and patient-centered care for a diverse patient population. The program is challenging and rewarding at the same time. I had the opportunity to rotate with this great group of clinicians before interviewing for the residency. This allowed me to experience first-hand the faculty’s deep commitment to continuous quality improvement, ethical practice, and patient safety. The clinicians I have had the opportunity to work with consistently practice both the science and art of medicine. In addition, while the program’s culture supports patient advocacy and improvement of clinical knowledge, residents are also encouraged to maintain a healthy work-life balance. The physicians are friendly and approachable, encouraging the pursuit of hobbies and interests in order to maintain one’s own health and happiness.

In addition, my husband and I are from the area, growing up in the neighboring town of Derry. The Excela Health Latrobe Hospital has always been a cornerstone of this area and we are thrilled as a family to stay in the town we love. Joining this residency has made it possible for us to live and raise our daughter close to our own extended families, where we enjoy the many outdoor activities the area has to offer. It is an honor and privilege to be able to service patients through the Latrobe Family Medicine Residency Program, and to be working with a team dedicated to providing the best possible patient care.

Kathyrn Rickard, DO

Kathyrn Rickard

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Slippery Rock University

When I came to interview at Latrobe I automatically knew this was the place for me. Everyone was so nice and helpful, it felt not only like home but also a great place to gain a lot of valuable clinical experience. The fact that there is residency housing takes a huge burden and stress away from the end of your 4th year of medical school. The interview process here was seamless, and the people are a huge joy to be around. There is no place I would rather be.

Tyler Watson, DO

Tyler Watson

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Washington & Jefferson College

I knew from the minute I showed up at Latrobe Hospital, that this was where I wanted to do my family medicine training. I spent a few months here as a medical student and was able to see first-hand how great of a program it truly is. The compassionate, welcoming, family-oriented nature of the program make it unique, and the training that this unopposed program offers develops its graduates well through a challenging, rigorous, and diverse curriculum. Seeing that the graduates were well prepared to practice both inpatient and outpatient medicine, and also be very competitive for fellowship application, was even more of a reason to join the Latrobe family.

The culture of the program starts from the top with the program director, Dr. Semelka – he truly cares about the residents. He does everything that he can to ensure they are maximizing their knowledge and their well-being as they progress through the residency experience. All of the other faculty and staff echo this sentiment and are all truly invested in the residency program. It is obvious why this program is a winner of the prestigious Baldwin Award. My fiancé and I are thrilled to be back in Western PA and to call Latrobe home for the foreseeable future.

Jessica Witte, MD

Jessica Witte

Medical School: State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
Undergraduate: SUNY Binghamton, NY

When I came to interview at Latrobe, I liked it right away. The area seemed great (small, but not too small and relatively rural), the program seemed to be well-run with many opportunities to pursue your passions, and most importantly, the residents seemed happy. Finding a program that valued work-life balance was crucial for me and Latrobe really delivered. Everyone here is incredibly friendly and helpful and that is certainly the type of work environment I’d like to be a part of. I also really liked that the program offers housing right next to the hospital. Not having a long commute each day really does make a big difference and not having to stress about finding my own housing made the transition here much more seamless. I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

Matthew Witte, MD

Matthew Witte

Medical School: State University of New York, Upstate Medical University
Undergraduate: SUNY Binghamton, NY

I could tell that Latrobe was a great fit for me as soon as I began researching the program online. Coming from a rural area in Western NY, I knew that I would enjoy living in rural Western Pennsylvania. My wife and I were both couples matching into Family Medicine and knew that it was important to find a program that would be flexible and accommodating to our work-life balance needs. Latrobe certainly showed us how receptive they are to the concerns of their residents.

In addition, the academic opportunities offered were optimal for what I was looking for. With an interest in Sports Medicine, it was important that I have the flexibility and availability in the curriculum to pursue my goals. Latrobe showed me that they could provide everything that both my wife and I needed in a residency program, and that we would enjoy our lives while doing so. Perks like the residency housing, proximity to the hospital, and great benefits, were a really nice surprise that made coming here our obvious first choice.

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