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Saint Vincent Hospital

814.452.5000

232 West 25 St
Erie, PA 16544

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Family Practice Residency Program

Family Practice Residency

Saint Vincent Hospital is a mission-driven hospital. The residency incorporates that mission into its training of residents who are dedicated to their patients, their education and their families.

The Hospital and the residency care for virtually every medical problem, in every age group, to every race, religion and creed, to members of all socioeconomic classes. There is a dedication to service and volunteerism in all employees of the hospital and in particular, the residents.

Residency Highlights:

  • Night float system which eliminates long duty hours
  • Exceptional training in pediatrics
  • Strong adult medicine and subspecialty education
  • Dedicated family medicine faculty with strong OB skills 
  • Unopposed primary care residency giving the residents major responsibility for most hospital patients
  • Elective Wilderness Medicine Track (started in July 2010)
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship with numerous opportunities for residents’ event coverage
  • Full-time faculty geriatrician and behaviorist dedicated to resident education
  • Residents can choose either an urban/suburban or rural site for their continuity practice
  • Family practice is well-respected and the largest department at Saint Vincent
  • Close working relationship between residents and faculty that is both mentoring and collegial
  • Resident input in decision-making vital to the curriculum and overall success of the program
  • Full-time medical technologist helps all graduates achieve office laboratory director certification

 

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About Saint Vincent

 

Saint Vincent Hospital is a 425-bed regional referral center serving northwestern Pennsylvania, southwestern New York and northeastern Ohio. It is the centerpiece of an extensive health care network that includes an expanding primary care group, home health care services, and affiliations with area regional hospitals and The Regional Cancer Center.

Saint Vincent capabilities include MRI, lithotripsy, cardiovascular surgery, electrophysiology, plasmapheresis, invasive cardiology, a comprehensive neurosciences program, orthopedic and oncology care. Saint Vincent has a brand new Level III neonatal intensive care unit and a LDRP with more than 2,000 births annually. Residents participate in all types of cases throughout Saint Vincent’s technologically advanced intensive care units and ambulatory facilities.

Learn more about Saint Vincent

Program Accreditations

 

Residencies accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education

Academic Affiliations
Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh
Drexel Medical School
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Temple University

 

Faculty

The Saint Vincent faculty members bring many years of experience and expertise to the residency program, and each of them has diverse special interests essential to a comprehensive family practice education. In addition to being professional educators, faculty members maintain clinical practices, adding practical experience to their well-rounded academic background. All of our faculty are board certified and committed to preparing you for a successful practice.

 

 

 
 
 
 

Dorothy Candib, MD
Dorothy Candib, MD, is Director of Geriatric Education. She was born in Montreal, Canada and attended Vassar College. She received her medical degree from McGill University. After completing  internal medicine residency at the Montreal General Hospital, she served as Chief Medical Resident at Montefiore Hospital, University of Pittsburgh. She is board certified in Internal Medicine by the ABIM with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine. Her areas of interest are care of the frail elderly, long-term care and hospice care. Her personal interests are cooking, reading and traveling, hiking and biking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. 

 

 
 
 
 

Caitlin S. Clark, DO
Assistant Program Director
Caitlin S. Clark, DO, is a native of Annapolis, Md., and is an assistant director for the Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Villanova University. She attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internship at Geisinger Medical Center and graduated from the Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency Program. She has an interest in women’s health care, including obstetrics. She is married to Christopher Clark, DO, who is also on the faculty. Her personal interests include golfing, running and traveling.

 

 

 
 
 

Christopher Clark, DO
Christopher Clark, DO, is a part time faculty member for the Family Medicine Residency Program and has been associated with the program since 2001.  He currently oversees quality, informatics, continuing medical education and patient relations for Saint Vincent Health System, serving as the Chief Quality Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer. He previously served as Director of Continuing Medical Education and Director of Osteopathic Medical Education. Dr. Clark is a graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Boston College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., where he served as chief resident in family medicine. Dr. Clark is the Immediate Past President of the Erie County Medical Society, serves on the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Commission on CME, and is a site surveyor for CME programs in Western Pennsylvania. He is married to Caitlin Clark, DO, also on the faculty. 

 

Linda Currier, MSW
Linda Currier, MSW, is a native of Maine and is Director of Behavioral Science. She is a licensed clinical social worker. She received master's degrees from the University of Georgia in Family Development, focusing on marriage and family therapy, and from Case Western Reserve University in Social Work. Ms. Currier has practiced as a family therapist for 30 years. She is co-author of Defiance in the Family: Finding Hope in Therapy with David Keith, MD, and Gary Connell, PhD. She is particularly interested in at-risk children who have difficulty in the classroom. She has taught numerous parenting groups and social skills groups for at-risk children. She maintains a clinical practice at the Saint Vincent Family Medicine Center. Her personal interests include cooking with friends, gardening, knitting and visits with her grandchildren.

 

 

 

Bruce Gebhardt, MD
Program Director
Bruce Gebhardt, MD, has been program director since 2008. He is an Erie native who moved back to join the residency program. Bruce graduated from Allegheny College, the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, and Saint Vincent Family Medicine Residency Program. After residency, he practiced for five years on the south shore of Boston while also serving as a volunteer faculty member at Tufts Medical School and UMass Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Gebhardt returned to Cincinnati as a full-time faculty member, practicing and teaching. He was the Pre-Doctoral Division Director and rose to Associate Professor rank. Dr. Gebhardt was a regular participant in UC Family Medicine's International Health program in Honduras and completed a sabbatical in headache care.

<>Dr. Gebhardt’s wife Robin is a high school english/reading teacher. He has two children, Ben and Anna, along with two dogs and two cats. His greatest work honor was being awarded the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award by his fellow faculty at UC. His medical interests include wilderness medicine, headache, HIV/AIDS and education. Outside of medicine, he coaches his kid’s lacrosse teams, plays tennis, hikes, and loves history and travel.   Dr. Gebhardt’s life goal is to learn one thing a day.

   

 

Wes Hilbert, MD

 

 
 
 

Jeffrey Kim, DO
Jeffrey Kim, DO, serves as the director of the Traditional Osteopathic Rotating Internship Program, as well as clinical faculty member of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.  He is trained and board certified in both family medicine and primary care sports medicine. In addition to his faculty and clinical responsibilities, he serves as the team physician for Penn State Behrend, Fairview High School and Northwestern High School.  Dr. Kim is a graduate of Marquette University’s College of Engineering and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kim originates from Pittsburgh and has lived in Erie for the past eight years. He enjoys the challenge and excitement of teaching residents and fellows, and has a strong interest in primary care sports medicine. 

   
 

Laura McIntosh, MD
Laura McIntosh, MD, is the associate director of the Saint Vincent Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. McIntosh earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, completed her family practice residency at UPMC-Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., and completed her sports medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent. She also specializes in diagnosing and managing concussions. Dr. McIntosh is the team physician for Mercyhurst Preparatory School and assists in covering games for the Erie Seawolves and Erie Explosion. She provides medical coverage for several local athletic events including the Bay Swim, Highmark Quad Games, Erie Rugby Tournament and Presque Isle Triathlon. 

   

 

 
 
 

Robert Mikelonis, MD
Robert Mikelonis, MD, associate faculty member of the Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency Program, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his family medicine residency at Saint Vincent in 1982. Dr. Mikelonis was in private practice as a family physician in State College until 1993 when he returned to Saint Vincent to join the residency faculty. His interests include metabolic syndrome, nutrition and the related epidemics of diabetes and obesity. Dr. Mikelonis is also the director of the new Wilderness Medicine Track program.  

 

Timothy D. Pelkowski, MD 
Assistant Program Director

Timothy D. Pelkowski, MD, is a native of Erie, Pa., and is an assistant director for the Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency Program.  He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He completed his family medicine residency in 2000 with the Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency Program. He then completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine from Saint Vincent in 2001.  Dr. Pelkowski is currently enrolled in the Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Prior to becoming a faculty member, he was in private practice for 10 years.  Dr. Pelkowski is involved with medical student education, continuing medical education, the Erie County Medical Association, and he functions as the clinical coordinator of the Northwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center.  He is married to his wife Cassie, and they have three children.  His personal interest includes swimming. 

 

Gary J. Silko, MD
Program Director, Emeritus
Gary J. Silko, MD, MS, serves as vice president of Medical Education for Saint Vincent Health Center.  He is the former residency program director and continues to be active as a faculty member.  Besides his regular patient care and teaching activities, Dr. Silko coordinates the dermatology curriculum and runs the residency dermatology clinic.  His other interests include quality improvement and patient education.  He is a graduate of Penn State University and Jefferson Medical College.  He completed his family medicine residency at Saint Vincent and an academic family medicine fellowship at Case Western Reserve University.  He has enjoyed working with and teaching family medicine residents and students for more than 25 years.

 

Lisa Treusch, MD
Lisa Treusch, MD, graduated cum laude from Grove City College. She earned her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1992 and served as chief resident while completing her family medicine residency at Saint Vincent Health Center. Dr. Treusch has been in practice at Elk Valley Medical Center since 1995. She is active in her church as a Bible study leader and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children doing outdoor activities such as backpacking, biking and cross country skiing.

 

How to Apply

 

Applications for the Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency Program are only accepted through ERAS.

  • Applicants must be a graduate of an LCME accredited medical school. This includes all schools in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
  • Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the past three years or be actively involved in the clinical practice of medicine (observerships do meet this criteria).
  • Applicants must have passing scores on step I of USMLE or COMLEX with plans to submit their scores for step II prior to the final day of rank submission.

For more information, please call the Medical Education Administrator at 814.452.5100 or 1.800.730.3003, or send us an e-mail message. An interview is a required part of the process, and arrangements must be made through the residency program office before the interview. Spouses and families are encouraged.

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Salary and Benefits

 

First-year Salary: $45,739.00
Second-year Salary: $46,800.00
Third-year Salary $48,568.00

  • Reimbursement for out of town moving costs: up to $2,000 (subject to prevailing tax rate) 
  • Health and Dental Insurance (interns, residents and associates pay a portion of the premium costs)
  • Life insurance, long-term disability and malpractice insurance
  • Education reimbursement for conferences and/or educational materials
  • Education Stipend:  $2,000 (PGY1) and $1,800 (PGY2-4)
  • Meal stipend provided for use while on call 
  • Paid time off: three weeks. Second– and third–year residents receive four days per year for CME
  • ACLS/PALS/NALS/Critical Care Certification
  • Child Care Center available

Testimonials

“The environment at Saint Vincent’s is a perfect combination of scholarship and camaraderie.”
Medical Student, Temple University


 
Saint Vincent is a great place to train for a career in family medicine. You have the opportunity to learn in a tertiary center without competing programs, which is essential for family practice. The faculty and staff are outstanding and the office staff treated us like one of the attendings.

Erie is an awesome city. There is so much to see and do and you're within 3 hours of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Toronto. We still travel back for visits and are amazed by all the wonderful changes in the area.

Jill Owens, MD
2000 Graduate


Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency Program was my first choice because of the strong training and supportive faculty. The top-notch education received and life-long friends made, more than made up for the sun, beaches and skiing on the West Coast. The small-town atmosphere and rural American culture in the surrounding townships were also a refreshing change from the fast living of California. Lastly, I had a blast living in a place that is known for snow. I have not had a white Christmas since moving back to the West Coast 5 years ago.


Ed Wakatake, MD

Kent, Washington
2000 Graduate


When I was thinking of residency programs in medical school I knew that I wanted to branch out and "see the world" aka the United States.  I interviewed at over 13 programs all over North America from New York, to Atlanta and up to Portland OR. My most enjoyable interview was at Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency. It was there I was met with warm greetings and smiling faces as well as a sense of "family".  My, then fiance and now wife accompanied me and she felt the same.  Iam very happy I matched and enjoyed my 3 years in training in Northwest Pennsylvania.

The experience was excellent and the training I received has served me well. I would highly recommend Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency to anyone considering a career in Family Practice as my time spent in Erie was unforgettable. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona went to medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson and then decided that I wanted to experience a different world and that is why I chose Erie. When I arrived I not only felt welcome but felt that I was part of a family. The camaraderie was second to none and the Faculty and Mentors I trained under have shaped me into what I am today. 

If I had the opportunity, I would do it all over again and not change a thing. I truly enjoyed the 4 seasons especially the fall colors, wow, what a site to behold! I miss my friends there and hope to see them all again sometime soon in a reunion. I would be happy to speak to anyone regarding my time there and entertain any questions that they may have about the program.

Richard Covey, MD
Prescott, Arizona
2000 Graduate

The Family Medicine Center

 

Saint Vincent Family Medicine Center
2314 Sassafras Street, Suite 200
Erie, PA 16502
814-454-4484

The Family Medicine Center, on the campus of Saint Vincent Hospital, provides an opportunity for residents to gain a full understanding of a private office practice. There are 22 examination rooms, a well-equipped laboratory with a full-time technologist, an electronic medical record system, a large conference room and a library. On average, residents and faculty see 100 patients each day at the center. First–year residents see four to six patients per half day; second–year residents, seven to 10; and third–year residents, 10 to 12. The cases encountered reflect all aspects of medicine, from routine well–child care to examinations and treatment of the elderly. Faculty member preceptors assure a good blend of practice and conceptual teaching.

To ensure continuity of care, the Family Medicine Center patients requiring admission to Saint Vincent are followed by their own resident physician, under the supervision of a full–time faculty member. Coverage is provided to allow optimal dedication to the primary rotation.

Elk Valley Family Medical Center
5165 Imperial Parkway
Girard, PA 16417
814-774-3128

For over 25 years, the residency program has also trained residents at a rural office, Elk Valley Medical Center. Three to six residents each year use this state-of-the-art office as their continuity site. Three full-time faculty serve as preceptors along with the faculty from the Erie office. Elk Valley boasts a full-time lab as well as on site X-ray equipment, a procedure room, conference area and resident library. There are 23 exam rooms, each with computer screens for easy access to the electronic medical record. As at the main office, residents provide every aspect of medical care. They see slightly higher volumes of patients at this office with increased opportunities for prenatal patients and procedures.

Saint Vincent Wilderness Medicine

The Saint Vincent Family Practice Residency has developed a special interest track in Wilderness Medicine (WM), available July 2010. This track is optional for any interested residents. The WM curriculum will be presented longitudinally over three years and include all the essential items needed to qualify for the resident’s application to the Academy of Wilderness Medicine for Fellowship status (FAWM). These items include a core curriculum lecture series, day and overnight “trips” that will qualify as “experience hours” for the fellowship, sponsorship of attendance at a national WM conference, and sponsorship for completion of a Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) course. Also, research and publication of a WM topic will be supported.

We are located on the shores of Lake Erie, and the city of Erie is protected by a large bay enclosed by a beautiful 10-mile peninsula, which is also a state park. The combination of lake and bay, and lagoons within the peninsula itself, make Erie a boater’s paradise. It also presents numerous opportunities for water-related adventures and water (and ice!) rescue scenarios. The Allegheny National Forest lies a short distance to the east of Erie and will provide opportunities for camping, hiking and river adventures, and scenarios in a relatively remote location. A ski resort with an active ski patrol is located 35 minutes away in the famous Lake Erie “snow belt” and allows for training in mountain, winter and ski rescue.

The program director and other faculty of the residency are working on Fellowship status at this time, and other members of the hospital’s medical staff (in particular, the emergency department staff) will assist with the lecture series and leading trips. Plus, the residency sponsors a Sports Medicine Fellowship Program that will be invaluable in assisting with the orthopedic and injury treatment segments of the curriculum. Saint Vincent also sponsors a very active DMAT team, which has responded to the disasters in Haiti and New Orleans over the past few years, and they will share their expertise in disaster management with our residents.

Saint Vincent is very excited to begin this program. Please contact Robert Mikelonis, MD, at rmikelon@svhs.org or Bruce Gebhardt, MD, at bgebhardt@svhs.org for more information.

 

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