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Centegra Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Personal Statement

Internal Medicine Residents

Class of 2019

 F. Bruna Albanese, MD

Medical School: Second University of Naples, Italy
Hometown: Houston, Texas
About: I started my career as a dentist and had the fortune of practicing in a unit dedicated to very complex patients with dental problems. It was there that I fell in love with internal medicine.

 John Michael Humienny, MD

Medical School: Saint James School of Medicine, Anguilla
Hometown: Steubenville, Ohio
About: As a lifelong resident of Ohio, I never dreamed that I would shift gears and end up studying medicine in Anguilla. I followed in the footsteps of my mom and grandmother when I chose to become a registered nurse. I spent two years working as a nurse in the ICU, and while I loved nursing, the more I was exposed to medicine, the more appealing it became.

 Sally Jreisat, MD

Medical School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, Jordan
Hometown: Oak Lawn, Illinois
About: I’m a simple person with a passion for medicine.

 Diana Y. Kircheva, MD

Medical School: Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois
About: I was born and raised in Bulgaria. Upon graduating high school, I moved to Germany to study medicine and to learn a new language. While I was in Germany, my family emigrated to the United States, which created new opportunities for me.

 Michal J. Kubiak, MD

Medical School: Medical University of Warsaw, Poland
Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
About: I grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. My city is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula and is considered the cloudiest, foggiest and windiest city in Canada.

George Melendez, MD

Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Puerto Rico
Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
About: I was born in Miami, Florida, and both my parents are Peruvian. We moved to Puerto Rico when I was young and have lived there ever since.

 Anderson I. Okafor, MD

Medical School: The Commonwealth Medical College, Pennsylvania
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
About: I was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and grew up both in Huntsville and overseas in Nigeria. I served as a medic in the military before embarking on my journey to become a physician.

 Zubina Unjom, MD

Medical School: Shifa College of Medicine, Pakistan
Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois
About: I was born and raised in Pakistan. When I was 16 years old, I moved to Thailand. While in Thailand, I graduated from high school and returned to Pakistan for medical school.

Class of 2020

 Taryn Fernandes, MD

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Illinois
Hometown: Redding, California

 Adam Kedzia, MD

Medical School: Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Hometown: Toronto, Canada

 Karam Khaddour, MD

Medical School: Tishreen University Medical School, Syria
Hometown: Lattakia, Syria

 Dipesh Ludhwani, MD

Medical School: Pramukh Swami Medical College, India
Hometown: Ahmedabad, India

 Nadiia Marenych, MD

Medical School: Kharkiv National Medical University, Ukraine
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

 Theodora Pappa, MD

Medical School: Athens University Medical School, Greece
Hometown: Athens, Greece

 Belaal Sheikh, MD

Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences, Pakistan
Hometown: New Hyde Park, New York

 Mohammed Nasaruddin, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Illinois

Q: Are you participating in the 2017 Match?

A: Yes

Q: What is the application deadline?

A: You must apply by 12/31/2016

Q: How do I apply to your program?

A: We accept applications only through ERAS and only for the PGY-1 year. Please do not send, e-mail or fax applications, CV’s, letters of recommendation, etc. We cannot process applications this way and they will be discarded.

Q: What is your ACGME Program ID?

A: ACGME Program ID #1401600543

Q: What is your NRMP number?

A: NRMP #3053140C1

Q: What constitutes a completed application?

A: When you have submitted all the data available via ERAS you have completed the application.

Q: How many residents do you plan to recruit?

A: Our intern class will have 8 trainees.

Q: Do you sign candidates outside the Match?

A: No. We participate solely in the Match as we feel that there should be a “level playing field” for all candidates with an equitable set of rules and follow the rules and regulations of NRMP “all in” match policies.

Q: Do you accept International Medical Graduates?

A: We are committed to accepting the best candidates, regardless of their medical school or national origin. Our program is diverse with residents from many different universities and cultures.

Q: Is clinical experience in the US required?

A: US clinical experience is required. We prefer this to be hands-on patient care, though observships and research are acceptable. At least one letter of recommendation must be from a US clinical experience.

Q: By when would you require an International Medical Graduate to have the ECFMG certification?

A: You must have ECFMG certification to be included on the match list; not to apply for an interview.

Q: Do you require the CSA examination?

A: Completion of the Clinical Skills exam is necessary for the ECFMG certificate. You therefore cannot participate in the Match without it.

Q: Does ECFMG certification have to be completed before I register for the Match?

A: You can enter a rank order list. If the NRMP receives notification from ECFMG that you have passed the required examinations (USMLE® Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS), you will be included in the Main Residency Match. If the NRMP does not receive ECFMG confirmation of passed examinations, you will be withdrawn from the Main Residency Match shortly after the Rank Order List Deadline and your rank order list will NOT be used when the matching algorithm is processed.

Q: How many years post-graduation are acceptable?

A: There is no definite cut-off, but we prefer applicants who have graduated within the last five years. Our concern is that earlier graduates may not have up-to-date clinical skills, but this will be assessed on an individual basis.

Q: How many Letters of Recommendation are needed?

A: Three

Q: What visas do you sponsor?

A: J-1 visa only.

Q: To whom should correspondence be addressed?

A: Do not send any correspondence to us until we request it: we use ERAS only for all of the application process.

Q: How are appointments for Residency Selection Committee arranged?

A: Interviews are by invitation only. Once the Internship Selection Committee has determined an application to be competitive for our program, an invitation will be sent via e-mail.

Q: What is the selection process?

A: We use all the data that you have submitted via ERAS to assess your potential as a trainee.

Q: What is the schedule for an interview day?

A: The interview day will start at 9 o’clock in our Residency Conference Room.

9:00 to 9:30am; overview of the residency by the program director

9:30 to 10:45am; 2 separate interviews by our key faculty

11:00 to 11:45am; a tour of the hospital areas you will work

Q: How do I get to Centegra Hospital-McHenry?

A: Directions to Centegra are available here.

Q: Where are the rotations performed?

A: All rotations are at our Centegra Hospital-McHenry, Centegra Physician Care-McHenry and Centegra Physician Care- Fox Valley, Crystal Lake.

Q: What is the salary?

A: 2016 Salary is $51,215 plus benefits.

Q: What library facilities are available to the residents?

A: Our trainees have electronic access to Rosalind Franklin University’s Boxer Library for all journals and books.

Q: Is housing difficult to find?

A: Whether you prefer to rent or own, McHenry County offers a variety of housing options to fit your lifestyle and budget near Centegra Hospital-McHenry and your continuity clinic. Apartments, condominiums, town homes and standalone housing provide convenience and ample space for resident physicians.

Q: What recreational facilities are nearby for residents?

A: Centegra’s Health Bridge Fitness Centers are located in Crystal Lake and Huntley. Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center is the only medically-based fitness and wellness center in the area, offering indoor and outdoor pools and tennis courts, along with personal trainers, group fitness classes and a variety of other recreational programs. 

The cities and villages of McHenry County are home to several acres of parks and recreational facilities. From soccer and basketball to ice hockey, lacrosse and bowling, adult leagues can be found in the county.

The McHenry County Conservation District manages more than 25,000 acres of diverse lands with 33 sites open to the public. The venues offer hiking, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing trails as well as campsites, fishing and educational facilities.

McHenry County attracts award-winning artists to its many theaters and performance venues. No matter the time of year, community members can choose from a variety of stage and musical performances and enjoy fine art displays and presentations.

Q: Do you have an advisor program to help residents achieve their goals?

A: Yes. You will have an opportunity to choose an advisor once you’ve had a chance to get to know the faculty.

Q: What are the program’s strengths?

A: We have a well structured environment with continuous faculty support 24/7. We have a very generous duty hour schedule and will have electives for all specialty rotations during the three years. Night call will only be while on night medicine 4 weeks a year. Otherwise there is no overnight call for trainees.

Q: How many patients will I carry as an intern?

A: You will have no more than 5 new patients assigned in a 24 hour period of time. The maximum number of patients you will responsible for providing ongoing care is 10.

Q: How many hours will I work?

A: The average number of hours at work per week is 52 [averaged over the entire year]

Q: What is night float?

A: We use a system of night medicine where the overnight trainee starts on call at 7 pm and goes off duty at 7 am. Regular rounds during the overnight are done with the nocturnal hospitalist on duty with the overnight call team.

Q: Do you have externships/observership positions?

A: We are unable to sponsor such positions at this time.

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