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CMMC Family Medicine Residency Academic Programs

CMMC Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Accomplishments of Recent Fellows of CMMC Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program

Dr. Seth A. Stein

Dr. Seth A. Stein

2015-2016 Fellow

Longitudinal Project: Impact of Palliative Care Consultation on Patients with Sepsis in the Intensive Care Unit

  • Clinical Vignette:  Fatal Disseminated Cryptococcal Infection in a HIV-Negative Patient.  Poster accepted with planned presentation at Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Annual National Meeting, San Diego, CA 3/2016.
  • Participant on multidisciplinary Sepsis committee. Focus on the evaluation of septic patients admitted to the ICU with palliative care consultation compared to patients without palliative care consultation.  Retrospective chart review that will serve as a platform for future research endeavors.
  • Accepted for presentation:  Bariatric Surgery and the Role of the Family Physician:  Maine American Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting, 4/2016.
  • Ongoing resident and medical student education including in-training examination preparation.
  • Anticipated attendance at national SHM meeting San Diego, CA and Maine Chapter SHM meeting
  • Grand Rounds: Morbidity and Mortality conference, Severe Lower Extremity Weakness 2015
  • 5-10K run participant, The Dempsey Challenge,  Lewiston, Me in support of the  Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, 2015

Dr. Stein is one of our current fellows who joined us after completion of his residency at Grant in Ohio. He is fully engaged as a member of our program and group as is evidenced by above accomplishments.


Dr. Sara Sterling

Dr. Sara Sterling

2015-2016 Fellow

Longitudinal Project: Impact of assay change on inpatient Clostridium Difficile patients

  • Clinical Vignette:  Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Extending Its Reach.  Poster accepted with planned presentation at Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Annual National Meeting, San Diego, CA 3/2016.
  • Participant on multidisciplinary Clostridium Difficile Committee – dedicated to developing and implementing strategies regarding reducing healthcare associated infections.
  • Grand Rounds: Morbidity and Mortality conference, Severe Lower Extremity Weakness 2015
  • Ongoing resident and medical student education including clinic preceptor role.
  • Anticipated attendance at national SHM meeting San Diego, CA and Maine Chapter SHM meeting
  • Medical Volunteer, The Dempsey Challenge,  Lewiston, Me in support of the  Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, 2015

Dr. Sterling is one of our current fellows. She joined us after residency at Geisinger in Pennsylvania and medical school here in Maine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic medicine. She is actively participating and contributing to our group and institutional culture.


Dr. Abraham Jacob

Dr. Abraham Jacob

2014-2015 Fellow

Longitudinal Project: Mortality and Readmissions after Acute Stroke

  • Clinical Vignette:  Hemosuccus Pancreaticus: An Unusual Cause of GI Bleed. Poster presented at Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Annual National Meeting,  National Harbor, MD 2015
  • Also presented above clinical vignette at Maine Chapter, Society of Hospital Medicine RIV competition 2014
  • Participated in Acute Neurology Care Committee reviewing mortality of patients with stroke before and after implementation of guideline-based care.
  • Resident and medical student education and service attending role throughout the academic year.

Dr. Jacob left the field of urgent care to enter the hospital medicine fellowship here at CMMC. He accepted and continues in a permanent nocturnist position with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH.


Dr. Deana George

Dr. Dena George

2013-2014 Fellow

Longitudinal Project: Cryptogenic Stroke Protocol: Enhancing Secondary Prevention of Stroke   

  • Presented Evidenced Based Management of Acute Stroke, Maine Academy of Family Medicine annual meeting, Portland, ME 2014
  • Presented clinical vignette; Hit with Clots after CABG, at Maine Chapter, Society of Hospital Medicine RIV competition 2014
  • Active participant, Acute N eurology Care Committee, focusing on reviewing and setting protocols for cryptogenic stroke.
  • Provided extensive resident and medical student education including approximately 30 interactive sessions over the course of the year as well as inpatient service leadership.

Dr. George joined the CMMC Hospital Medicine fellowship after honorable discharge from her career in the United States Army. Upon completion of her fellowship Dr. George entered into the practice of adult hospital medicine with Sound physicians and is currently working at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Bryan, TX.

 


Dr. Talitha Sannes-Venhuizen

Dr. Talitha Sannes-Venhuizen

2013-2014 Fellow

Longitudinal Project: Inpatient Order-set with Decision Support for Accurate use of Novel Oral Anticoagulants  

  • Competition Winner, Innovation category of Maine Chapter, Society of Hospital Medicine RIV competition 2014, Novel Oral Anticoagulants: Standardized Practice Guidelines
  • Led multidisciplinary team in design, approval and enactment of institution wide oral anticoagulant order sets with decision support.
  • Provided extensive resident and medical student education as well as attending on the inpatient teaching service.

After two years of hospitalist work, Dr. Sannes-Venhuizen pursued fellowship to enhance her ability to provide evidenced-based and procedural care in a rural setting. Upon successful completion of the fellowship she returned to her native Minnesota and is working as a hospitalist in a variety of practice settings. She is also home schooling her children and providing home-based care to a local Amish population.                


Dr. Swapna Gummadi

Dr. Swapna Gummadi

2012-2013 Fellow

  • Longitudinal project: Standardization and Improvement of Hip Fracture Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Original Research: Employment Opportunities for Hospitalists Trained in Family Medicine, Gummadi, Geyer, Rossi, Journal of Hospital Medicine 9 Suppl 2 :17, poster presented, selected as finalist, SHM annual national meeting, Las Vegas 2014
  • Longitudinal project poster accepted and presented at Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual national meeting 2013
  • Active member of Orthopedic Institute of Central Maine (OICM) Inpatient workgroup and Hip Fracture sub-group responsible for ongoing implementation, monitoring and education.
  • Clinical Vignette: Blindness of the Heart: An Unusual Cause for Transient Bilateral Vision Loss accepted and published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine 8 Suppl 1:912, 2013
  • Poster accepted and presented in RIV competition at the Society of Hospital Medicine annual national meeting 2013

Dr. Gummadi accepted a permanent position with CMH and practices primary and consultative care of adult inpatients, serving as associate chief of the section of adult hospital medicine. She continues her work with OICM on improvement in the care of patients with hip fractures. She is active on the Peer Review committee and teaches residents, medical students, and fellows. Dr. Gummadi also sits on the board of the Maine Academy of Family Physicians with an interest in increasing resident involvement and promoting original research and presentation.


Dr. Mark Grohman

Dr. Mark Grohman

2012-2013 Fellow

Longitudinal Project: Novel Oral Anticoagulants: Provider Familiarity Compared with Prescribing Patterns

  • Original Research: Novel Oral Anticoagulants: Provider Familiarity and accuracy of Use in Community Practice, Grohman, Geyer, accepted in the Journal of Hospital Medicine and poster presented at SHM annual national meeting, Las Vegas 2014
  • Presented project-related educational session on novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC's) at the Maine academy of Family Physicians annual meeting 2013
  • Presented NOAC talk at Maine Society of Hospital Medicine chapter meeting 2013
  • Presented NOAC educational sessions at CMMC to multiple disciplines
  • Clinical Vignette:Acute Ataxia with Negative Neuroimaging: Consider an Uncommon Polyneuropathy
  • accepted and published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine 8 Suppl 1:801, 2013
  • Poster accepted and presented in RIV competition- honored with selection as finalist at the Society of Hospital Medicine annual national meeting 2013

  • Dr. Grohman accepted a position at Southern Maine Medical Center in the adult hospitalist program. He will be both the first hospitalist trained in family medicine as well as fellowship trained physician in his group, and will provide primary and consultative care of adults. He plans to continue his work with NOAC's including education and improvements in patient care.


Dr. Bill Perternel

Dr. William Peternel

2011-2012 Fellow

Longitudinal Project: Impact of Pre-discharge Intervention on Post-discharge Accuracy of Medication Reconciliation: a Pilot Study

  • Presented project results-which were consistent with recently published larger scale studies- and offered related education to CMH, CMFMR and institutionally at CMMC
  • Presented project-related workshop entitled Care Transitions, a Hospitalist's Perspective at the Maine Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting 2012, and at the New Hampshire Osteopathic Association Winter symposium 2013

Dr Peternel has started his own hospitalist company, New England Per Diem Hospitalist LLC. He provides services at various community facilities including continued work with CMH. He also continues his decade-long commitment to Veteran's care and proudly serves in the United States Navy Reserve where he is assigned to Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital. In addition he maintains a legal consulting business and runs a family farm, Rock Farm Natural Beef.


Dr. Carlos Vamarin

Dr. Carlos Villamarin

2010-2011 Fellow:

Longitudinal Project: The Care of the Patient with Stroke. A multi-pronged institutional process improvement project including development of guideline-based order sets, their implementation and continued monitoring of use.

  • Presented summary of work at CMMC rounds as well as at Acute Neurology Care Committee meetings.
  • Poster accepted and presented at Society of Teachers of Family Medicine annual meeting 2011
  • Acute Neurology Care Committee and Reduction in Variation of Care for Stroke work group member.
  • Longitudinal work an instrumental part in CMMC's success at attaining first bronze, and now silver award recognition from Get With the Guidelines-Stroke.

Dr. Villamarin has also joined CMH doing primary and consultative adult inpatient care, and is currently an associate chief of the section of adult hospital medicine. In addition to his continued work on stroke care, Dr. Villamarin has been recognized for his teaching skills and continues to be involved in resident and fellow education. He has lead patient safety initiatives as well as a program to reduce provider paging and distraction.


Dr. Shauna McElrath

 

 

 


Dr. Shauna McElrath

2009-2010 Fellow

Longitudinal Project: A Survey of Demographics, Employment Settings, and Scope of Practice of Hospitalists trained in Family Medicine

  • Presented longitudinal research project at 2010 Maine Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting
  • Poster accepted and presented at Society of Hospital Medicine 2011 annual meeting
  • Publication of report describing results of project published in The Hospitalist, December 2010

Dr. McElrath is now practicing hospital medicine with CMH. Her work includes primary and consultative adult inpatient care, resident and fellow education and an emphasis on palliative care medicine. She is board certified in palliative care and is the medical director for Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.