School of Medicine

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program





"I have an extremely busy rural clinic here in Warren, PA. I'm doing the traditional rural family medicine (minus the OB) with a specific focus on Addiction Medicine (Suboxone) and Hospice care.

I have the only Suboxone clinic in Warren County (75 active participants with about 85 on the waiting list) and I have modeled my abstinence-only policies on Ted Parran's and Sybil Marsh's teachings. We open a methadone clinic this upcoming year as there is a huge need here in rural PA and I am planning to sit for my addiction medicine boards.

My primary care clinic has approximately 2200 active patients. I have attempted many times to close my practice to new patients, but the Warren General Hospital keeps persuading me to open it again. My patient profile is roughly 40% Medicaid 30% Medicare and 30% private insurance. I see around 20 patients per day (more if you count inpatients). I could probably see more if I didn't have so much paperwork. We are switching to EMR in the upcoming months (Allscripts). I also am on staff for Hospice of Warren County. I do home visits and admissions for them.

I am an Associate Clinical Professor for Penn State SOM so I have students about 1/3 of my months (mostly 3rd years).

This is a medically underserved area and I am also on contract with State of PA for student loan reimbursement.

The best part of UHCMC Family Medicine was the ability to forge your own way and become your own physician. I had the opportunity to work individually with top notch faculty and personalize my education to suit my interests. I started as a Med-student/intern learning from the residents and attendings above me... but before I knew it I was leading the teaching and medical decision-making as a senior resident. I got to choose the teaching topics I pursued and pass that information to my classmates. I still use those teaching presentations today."

- Mason Tootell, MD (Class of 2007)


"Immediately following residency, I spent one year completing the UHHS Women's Health Fellowship. From 2008-2009 I was employed at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women's Health. I am now employed at West Grand Family Medicine, a full scope family medicine practice in Billings, MT.

In our 6 physician, hospital employed group practice, we spend the majority of our time in outpatient clinic. We round on hospital patients every morning, see our own nursing home and assisted living patients. I see my own continuity obstetric patients, do all of my own vaginal deliveries and assist in C-sections if necessary. I have been doing home visits (something that I loved about our residency) and have been using this feature with my hospice patients as well. My special interest will always be women's health. I have incorporated my fellowship training in my practice and my colleagues refer their abnormal paps, abnormal bleeding, endometrial biopsies and hormone patients to me.

I highly recommend the Family Medicine residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center for postgraduate training. Every rotation that I had, every preceptor that taught me and every patient encounter from my residency has contributed toward making me a trusted, competent, knowledgeable physician in my community. The hands-on care and unique approach to caring for individuals and their families has given me a life-long skill set to build upon in my practice. Many of my patients are amazed at the doctor that comes to their home to deliver their care. The procedural skills that I obtained in residency are uncommon at many other programs, both opposed and unopposed. In my practice in Montana, I have performed lumbar punctures, done central lines and taken care of my own ICU patients with no hesitation. In my outpatient clinic I perform joint injections, colposcopies, skin biopsies, endometrial biopsies on a weekly basis. The high standard of evidence based medicine that was introduced to me in residency has served me well, allowing me to read journals and articles to keep up on the ever-changing clinical repertoire.

Finding a good residency is commonplace. Finding an excellent residency that will propel you confidently into a clinical practice is difficult to find. Look for a residency that will challenge you. Look for like-minded people in the residency program that are excited to learn, willing to teach and open to a constantly changing field. Look inward at your own goals for life, for your career in medicine and find a program that will help you to succeed at those goals."

- Cynthia Brewer, DO (Class of 2007 Residency, 2008 Women's Health Fellowship)


"The first year after graduation I worked as a clinical provider and teacher with the family medicine residency at Columbia Hospital in New York City. I saw patients in an urban primary care clinic, precepted residents, attended on the family medicine inpatient team and helped deliver care and teach family medicine residents on the labor and delivery floor. The following year I traveled to Europe with my husband as he was doing an traveling fellowship. We then moved to Portland, OR in 2008. From 2008-2010 I work at a community health center serving mostly migrant farm workers. In this position I delivered outpatient care in the clinic and obstetrical and newborn care while on call in the hospital. I also was the lead obstetrical provider in the clinic. This was mostly an administrative position for issues related to prenatal and obstetrical care. After having our second child in late 2010 I moved away from doing obstetrical care because of the longer call shifts. I am now working at the county community health center providing prenatal and primary health care to the underserved population of Portland.

I have fond memories of residency and fellowship. I think I was well prepared for my career overall. The strengths of the program were the depth and complexity of care both in the inpatient and outpatient services. I especially respect the time I spent with the subspecialists during my residency. For the most part, the specialists were leaders in their fields, who taught and practiced evidenced based medicine.

Take it all in and see has much as you can. It may be the hardest work you will ever do, but never again will you have the opportunity to practice medicine under such protection, guidance and respected teachers."

- Stephanie McAndrew, MD (Class of 2005 Residency, 2006 Surgical OB Fellowship)


“The patient volume in our teaching clinic provided an excellent teaching base and also prepared me for managing a busy practice after graduation. I received excellent learning from and built collegial relationships with local specialists, which is helpful if one decides to stay in the area.  Our residency has many different tracks allowing one to tailor personal interests (International Health, Women’s Health, Masters in Public Health, Medical Education, etc.) Our residency is full of diversity in terms of cultural backgrounds, medical interests and personalities.  This residency is also part of a hospital which acknowledges the importance of diversity and supports organizations like the Minority Housestaff Organization.”

- Anisa Ssengoba, MD (Class of 2004)


"I have been in same practice - University Hospitals Bedford Family Medicine - since I graduated in 2003. I think the best things about our residency is the actual training by the large quantity of patients we saw both inpatient and outpatient. Even though I do not perform inpatient services anymore, I think our inpatient service really prepared me for seeing lots of different medical conditions and knowing people should be admitted from the office. Our busy outpatient schedule truly prepared me for a "typical office clinic". I easily transitioned from residency to my current job with managing the flow of patients, multitasking patients in different rooms, and paperwork. I know other residencies in both internal medicine and family medicine do not have a large, busy outpatient clinic and are therefore ill prepared for the 'real world'."

- Grace Song, MD (Class of 2003)


Since graduation, I have started a solo medical practice with a special emphasis on diabetes and nutrition, a special interest of mine that was fostered in residency with the help of my attendings.  My medical practice has an obvious slant towards diabetes management, and I often get referrals from endocrinologists for dietary management of their difficult diabetic patients. I am the only non-endocrinologist in the state of Florida with an American Diabetes Association certified diabetic self-management education program.

I have also continued my interest in nutrition research, which I began in residency with one of my Family Medicine attendings, Dr. Li. I have recently published an article in the world's most widely distributed nutrition journal, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which was co-authored by Dr. Li and authors from Harvard Medical School's department of Nutrition and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  I have conducted interviews about my research findings with media from over 15 countries, including Russia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and Cuba.  I have been interviewed by several radio talk shows across the nation.  My research findings will be featured in the February 2005 edition of Prevention Magazine.

Locally, I am the Medical Director of Diabetes and Nutrition Education and an executive board member for Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida.  I am co-director of the Sarasota County Community Health Improvement Project which is developing a Community Health Clinic which will provide free and sliding scale care to the underserved residents of my community.

“The program provided me with the tools necessary to confidently step out into solo practice without assistance.  In addition to exceptional medical training from the diversified faculty, I also was provided with invaluable practice management training.”

- Lee Gross, MD (Class of 2002)


I work at the Evans Middlefield Medical Center in Middlefield, Ohio. This is a rural office serving a large regional Amish population in Geauga county, about fifteen minutes from the home where I grew up. This is exactly what I hoped to do after residency.

I have privileges at Geauga Regional Hospital and care for my patients there when they need to be hospitalized. The other two fulltime physicians in the practice and I share call.

I take care of just about anything a rural practice can offer - from newborns to the elderly, health problems from hypertension and diabetes management to suturing of lacerations and casting of broken legs.  We often have medical students doing rotations at our practice.

I have developed a strong bond to Amish children, and two Wednesdays a month I staff the Amish Well Child Clinic run by the Geauga County Health Department.  I also participate in The Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program, and once every three months, the Amish Well Woman Clinic.   Both of these clinics are held at the Middlefield Care Center - an Amish birthing center just up the road.

“The Case University Hospitals of Cleveland Family Medicine residency program was an outstanding way for me to obtain the necessary training to be the doctor I am today.”

“The rigorous inpatient program really helped me to feel comfortable taking care of my patients while they are in the hospital.  The Family Medicine Center was very busy, and I had a large number of patients I was responsible for which was the best way for me to prepare for taking care of patients in my office now.” 

“My rotations on the wards and outpatient clinics of Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital helped prepare me for the large number of special needs children I take care of, which are common in the Amish community.” 

“Geauga hospital’s affiliation with University Hospitals has been a great benefit to me, because I frequently collaborate with many of the specialists I worked with as a resident.  I also had many rotations during residency with doctors at Geauga Regional Hospital whom I now regularly work with and refer to.”

- Jennifer Lyn Williams-Reid, MD (Class of 2002)