Graduate Medical Education Program at Good Shepherd Medical Center enters second year

Graduate Medical Education Program at Good Shepherd Medical Center enters second year

Released by Good Shepherd Medical Center.

LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Good Shepherd Medical Center hosted a Welcome Breakfast and White Coat Reception for the incoming new class of 2016 Internal Medicine Residents this morning at Medical Plaza II.

The events program included remarks from Good Shepherd Medical Center officials, a representative from UT Health Northeast and an introduction of the new class of residents.

The event also included a Presentation of White Coats, a 2012-2013 Avicenna award presentation and a 2012-2013 Intern of the Year award presentation. 

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Good Shepherd Medical Center, sponsored by the UT Health Northeast, is pleased to announce the class of 2016 Internal Medicine Residents. 

This year's class is representative of US medical school graduates, US international medical graduates and international medical graduates, as listed specifically below: 

Hana Altwal, MD                              University of Jordan

Madhavi Annakula, MD Gandhi Medical College

Leon Chen, DO                                  UNTHSC – TX College of Osteopathic Medicine

Maria Chiejina, MD                         Igbinedion University

Suyao Huang, MD                            Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Ruth Jackson, MD                            UT – San Antonio

Jeffrey Kemp, MD                           UT – Houston

Zahi Merjaneh, MD                         University of Aleppo

Nithin Nayini, MD                            St. George's University

Curtis Okpara, MD                           Ross University

Yetsy Olusanya, MD                        Texas A&M Health Science Center

Justin Oring, DO                                West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Nadia Siddiqi, DO                             Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Mohammed Suhail, DO UNTHSC – TX College of Osteopathic Medicine

Carmen Tran, MD                            Ross University

Jessica Vazquez, MD                      UT – San Antonio

Kyle Willingham, MD                      Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Sudha Yanamandra, MD               Guntur Medical College

"We are very thankful to have received such a well-educated group of interns," said Dr. Emmanuel Elueze, Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. "Already in the second year, we have become a highly-competitive program. We received more than 1,800 applications and had to narrow that down to 200 candidates to interview. We were successful in achieving our goals to attract and obtain high quality candidates with close ties to Texas, meaning that we will hopefully retain them as primary care givers in Texas after their training."

Ken Cunningham, interim chief executive officer for Good Shepherd Medical Center, said that this upcoming class proves that the program is headed in the right direction. "Most of the candidates that we interviewed this year were US medical graduates, with a large percentage of them from Texas. The goal of our program is to train and keep primary care providers in Texas and going into our second year, we are on the right path."

The new interns will begin program orientation on June 17, and their first day of rotations will be Monday, July 1. The current class of interns will move to second-year residents and will act as upper-level supervisors to the interns, with the assistance of the current medical staff who act as attending physicians in the program.

The program will begin to receive applications for the 2014-2015 academic year in September, and interviews for the third class of residents at Good Shepherd Medical Center will be conducted from November to January. The program match occurs each March for the next academic year. The academic year runs from July to June.

If you would like more information on the UT/GSMC Internal Medicine Residency Program, please visit In addition to the incoming interns, a new class of third-year medical students will begin in July as well. Good Shepherd will welcome 12 students who will reside in Longview for the academic year and complete their third-year clerkships, which include internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, psychiatry, osteopathic manipulative medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics.


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