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Chief Residents' Welcome

As chief residents for the Kettering Internal Medicine and Transitional Year Residency Programs for 2020-2021, we would like to thank you for your interest in Kettering Medical Center.

Kettering Medical Center is a wonderful place to train. The focus of the internal medicine department, first and foremost, is on furthering education and achieving clinical excellence. Education takes place in the form of dedicated noon conferences, bedside teaching rounds, and grand rounds where speakers from around the nation and the world present new and exciting advances in medicine. Our daily medicine conferences are regularly attended by our program directors, and feature lectures from many subspecialists who offer valuable insight and clinical experiences. Board review is incorporated into our noon conferences, and residents also participate in patient case presentations as they learn diagnostic reasoning skills. Beginning on the first day of residency, our residents are provided with educational resources such as Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP), Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, and Johns Hopkins-based ambulatory curriculum. Third year residents are provided a stipend to attend a national board review course in preparation for the ABIM certification exam.

Research is highly encouraged by the residency faculty. Multiple attending physicians are well-published and act as mentors for resident-driven research. Residents from Kettering have published in prominent journals as well as presented at regional and national meetings. As a community-based university affiliated program, the residency program is able to provide project funding, direct access to the IRB, and readily available statisticians. Our residents work with clinicians from numerous other departments to provide broad exposure to the many facets of medicine.

The environment at Kettering is one that fosters teamwork, collegiality, and respect. On every rotation, residents have direct interaction and access to the attending physician who provides individualized mentorship and teaching. Residents are provided an appropriate level of autonomy based on their level of training while still maintaining safe, high-quality, patient-centered care. The resident is evaluated not only on his or her medical knowledge, but also on his or her ability to apply that knowledge in the clinical setting. This system allows every resident to develop and advance his or her clinical skills.

Kettering is a state-of-the-art facility that provides residents with diverse pathology, cutting-edge treatments, and access to exceptional attending physicians. The Kettering Internal Medicine program has fostered our desire to provide compassionate and quality care to each patient. We are confident that this program has given us a solid foundation on which to build our careers.

Best Wishes,
Alex Erskine, MD
Tony Kamel, MD
Rob Spichiger, MD

Alex Erskine

Tony Kamel

Rob Spichiger


Jenny Fitzpatrick
Residency Administrator
IM & TY Residency Programs

(937) 395-8997