Programs and Services
Medical Residency Program
For more information on any of the residency programs offered by the graduate medical education department, please contact Trina Kropka at 304-234-8177 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Valley Medical Center's Graduate medical Education program offers three osteopathic medicine residency tracks - internal medicine residency, emergency medicine residency and a combined internal/emergency medicine program. All osteopathic residents train side-by-side on an equal basis with their colleagues while gaining the additional skills unique to osteopathic medicine. Our curriculum includes inpatient rotations balanced by rotations with physicians in their offices. Our rotation schedules for osteopathic residents allowing for additional emphasis in osteopathic principles and practice.
Students may choose to participate in various offered electives including emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, infections diseases, hematology/oncology, nephrology, pumonary disease, pediatrics, endocrinology/metabolism studies, allergy and immunology as well as anesthesia.
- Hospital provided uniforms
- Hospitalization, physician coverage and major medical insurance programs and options
- Hospital discounts
- Daily $14 meal allotment
- Worker's compensation
- Tax-sheltered annuity
- Free parking
- Malpractice insurance
- 10 paid vacation days for residents and interns
- 3 sick days for residents and interns
- 6 holidays for residents and interns
- 5 CME days for PGY II, III, IV and V
- CME reimbursement
- AOA dues reimbursement
|Rick Greco, D.O.|
|Dr. Greco is the Director of Medical Education (DME), Assistant Program Director for the fast track internal medicine internship, the internal medicine residency, and traditional internship. His office is located in the Medical Education Office. You can reach him at 304-234-8052. Pager 304-331-8978. Medical education main number 234-8177.|
|Jamie Etzel, D.O.|
|Dr. Etzel is the Program Director for the fast track internal medicine internship and the internal medicine residency. She has offices located in the Valley Professional South Building and the Medical Education Department. You can reach her at 304-234-8885 or via the medical education main line at 304-234-8177.|
|Joseph Dougherty, D.O.|
|Dr. Dougherty is the Program Director for the emergency medicine residency and Co-Director of the IM/EM residency program. He currently works for Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP), the company that staffs both the OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital Emergency Rooms. You can reach him in the Emergency Department, or EMSTAR, at 304-234-8111 or 304-234-8112.|
|Christopher Gooch, D.O.|
|Dr. Gooch is the Assistant Program Director for the emergency medicine residency. He currently works for Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP), the company that staffs both the OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital Emergency Rooms. You can reach him in the Emergency Department, or EMSTAR, at 304-234-8111 or 304-234-8112.|
|Jenny Sheyman, D.O.|
|Dr. Sheyman is the Chief Resident of Internal Medicine and Interns at OVMC, and a third year Internal Medicine resident. You can reach her at 304-234-8443 (office).|
|Jared Halterman, D.O.|
|Dr. Halterman is the co-Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine and IM/EM residency programs, and a 4th year Emergency Medicine resident. You can reach him at 304-234-8332 (office).|
|Jesamyn Fuscardo, D.O.|
|Dr. Fuscardo is the co-Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine and IM/EM residency programs, and a 4th year Emergency Medicine resident. You can reach her at 304-234-8332 (office).|
|Victoria Shuman, D.O.|
|Dr. Shuman is the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at WVSOM.|
|Mr. Shires is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at WVSOM.|
|Lorenzo Pence, D.O.|
|Dr. Pence is the Dean and VP for Academic Affairs at WVSOM.|
|Trina Kropka, M.S.|
|Mrs. Kropka is the Administrative Director of Medical Education. Mrs. Kropka serves as the liaison between the GME office and hospital administration. She can be reached by calling 304-234-8177.|
|Mrs. Wiggins is a Medical Education Coordinator at OVMC. You can reach her at 304-234-1728.|
|Mr. Caruso is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Valley Health Services & Education Corporation, parent company of East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center.|
|Jenny Sheyman, D.O., IM PGY-3, Chief Resident|
Dr. Sheyman is from Farmington Hills, MI, and graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: Small program with a big heart, wouldn't trade this place or these people for the world.
Fun fact: I am a first generation American and speak fluent Russian.
|Jesamyn Fuscardo, D.O., EM PGY-4, co-Chief Resident|
Dr. Fuscardo is from Follansbee, WV, and graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2011.
About the residency program: OVMC's residency program is unique in that it produces well rounded, confident, independent physicians that would prosper in any medical community. We are given a great amount of responsibility and more than enough opportunity to learn by doing first hand with a wide variety of patients. I feel the education received here cannot be matched!
Fun fact: I love to cook. It winds down my day and works as a great stress reliever! :-)
|Jared Halterman, D.O., EM PGY-4, co-Chief Resident|
Dr. Halterman is from Prescott, AZ, and graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2011.
About the residency program: OVMC residents are actually nice to each other!
Fun fact: My undergrad was done in Hawaii and I was (and will be again) an avid surfer.
|Jory Bulkley, D.O., EM PGY-4|
Dr. Bulkley is from Gilette, WY, and graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2010.
About the residency program: I like how our didactics program is open to suggestions and change from the residents.
Fun fact: I grew up on a 20,000 acre ranch.
|Patrick J. Connolly, D.O., EM PGY-4|
Dr. Connolly is from Earlham, IA, and graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2011.
About the residency program: Has instilled in me the confidence to take on a job in any emergency room in the country.
Fun fact: I got a mean set of pipes. I'm old fashioned and serenaded my wife in an effort to get her to be my girlfriend when we started dating.
|Richard Houck, D.O., IM/EM PGY-4|
Dr. Houck is from Parkersburg, WV, and graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2011.
About the residency program: I like that as a resident I have many opportunities to teach procedures and ACLS to medical students.
Fun fact: I used to work as EMS!
|Stephanie D'Agostino, D.O., EM PGY-3|
Dr. D'Agostino is from Fair Lawn, NJ, and graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: I love the free food, free parking, free scrubs and 2 new white coats per year.
Fun fact: I'm like a pizza bagel: half Jewish and half Italian!
|Jamie Lively, D.O., EM PGY-3|
Dr. Lively is from Fayetteville, WV, and graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: We have an awesome group of residents and attending docs which makes it fun to go to work each day. We get a nice array of pathology in a rural/community hospital setting. We also have many procedures with no competition from other residency programs.
Fun fact: I am an outdoor enthusiast who especially loves skiing. I also enjoy mountain biking, fishing, camping. I am a WV native and love WVU sports.
|Heather McArthur, D.O., IM/EM PGY-3|
Dr. McArthur is from San Bernardino, CA, and graduated from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, class of 2012.
About the residency program: I appreciate working with such a positive and supportive group of residents and staff.
Fun fact: I graduated from high school in Germany and I love traveling.
|Matt Morrey, D.O., IM PGY-3|
Dr. Morrey is from Salt Lake City, UT, and graduated from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program:
Fun fact: Every year I like to host a themed Halloween party.
|Rebecca Pepper, D.O., IM PGY-3|
Dr. Pepper is from Lewisburg, WV, and graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: I like that the program encourages us to attend CME conferences with allowances.
Fun fact: I have a purebred golden retriever from Tennessee.
|Nicole Phillips, D.O., IM/EM PGY-3|
Dr. Phillips is from Punxsutawney, PA, and graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: The residents, attendings, and staff at OVMC are fantastic. I feel blessed to be in such a great program.
Fun fact: Barrel racing and wedding planning are my two favorite hobbies!
|Eric Troup, D.O., IM PGY-3|
Dr. Troup is from Greensburg, PA, and graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: I like that there is a ICU rotation every year.
Fun fact: My favorite restaurant is Meat and Potatoes in Pittsburgh.
|Serge Wenzel, D.O., EM PGY-3|
Dr. Wenzel is from Denver, CO, and graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: I like the hands-on opportunities we get for simulation labs and wilderness medicine.
Fun fact: I have a 4 year old cairn terrier named Rocky named after Rocky Vista and not the movie Rocky.
|Jennifer Zernec, D.O., EM PGY-3|
Dr. Zernec is from Detroit, MI, and graduated from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: I enjoy the opportunity to teach medical students.
Fun fact: I enjoy the local Ogleby festivals.
|Shane Epps, D.O., IM PGY-2|
Dr. Epps is from Ila, GA, and graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: I enjoy our organized call schedule.
Fun fact: I enjoy watching football and hunting.
|Julie Gompers, D.O., IM PGY-2|
Dr. Gompers is from Wheeling, WV, and graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2013.
About the residency program: I like the fact the residency is located in my hometown.
Fun fact: I have a really big family.
|Xiaoran Guo, D.O., IM PGY-2|
Dr. Guo is from Ottawa, ON, and graduated from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2013.
About the residency program: OVMC has three great programs that have residents working seamlessly with each other to produce confident and capable physicians.
Fun fact: I made this residency webpage! My other hobbies, besides web development, also include programming, math, piano playing, and various other stereotypical activities.
|Mehran Moradi, D.O., IM PGY-2|
Dr. Moradi is from Plano, TX, and graduated from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2013.
About the residency program: Every one is very friendly. Good autonomy, vast responsibility.
Fun fact: I have a masters in Electrical Engineering and worked for a major electronic manufacturer in the past and helped develop smart phones.
|Joshua Nast, D.O., EM PGY-2|
Dr. Nast is from Arnold, MO, and graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012. He did a Traditional Rotating Internship year at St. Petersburg General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.
About the residency program: I really enjoy the fact that our attendings listen to us and treat us like colleagues and members of the team, and that there's no other residencies to compete with for procedures.
Fun fact: I am a total gear head! I love cars! Being at an auto show for me is like being a kid in a candy store, I actually collect Motor Trend magazine.
|Allison Remo, D.O., EM PGY-2|
Dr. Remo is from Head-of-the-Harbor, NY, and graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: Seton Hill, class of 2013.
About the residency program: This program is very hands-on and I think we have a great group of residents to work with.
Fun fact: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from FIT in New York City. Also, I like horses and bunnies.
|Rameen Shafiei, D.O., EM PGY-2|
Dr. Shafiei is from Cumberland, MD, and graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: I like how we have two hours of allotted documentation time per shift.
Fun fact: I like soccer.
|Christopher Sikes, D.O., EM PGY-2|
Dr. Sikes is from Boston, MA, and graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2012.
About the residency program: The program allows application for advance standing after completing traditional rotating internships.
Fun fact: I worked EMS and I have a baby girl.
|Ann-Marie Stazenski, D.O., IM PGY-2|
Dr. Stazenski is from Wheeling, WV, and graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2013.
About the residency program: The senior residents, attendings, and med ed staff were very welcoming and eager to help! It is a very welcoming friendly environment at OVMC.
Fun fact: I spent a month doing a medical rotation in Honolulu, Hawaii. Not only was it a great learning experience but it was great seeing Hawaii's beauty. My two favorites things there were climbing Koko Head and seeing the sunrise at spitting caves!
We have a great didactic program at OVMC. Our didactics occur every Thursday from 7 AM until 1 PM. This is “protected time” and all residents are expected to attend. Everyone gets breakfast and then we meet in the auditorium to discuss any concerns that we may have. Usually, the didactic sessions starts with a case presentation by either an intern or a student at 7:30 AM. We close each session with a joint internal medicine/emergency medicine lecture given by an attending from 12 - 1 PM. Each week we have an hour for Journal Club, our weekly assigned reading from the 7th edition of Tintanelli. There is also at least one lecture from a resident and one lecture from an attending. Once a month, we also have journal club in which two residents present new literature about a topic that they have previously decided on.
Our didactics program is always changing. If residents have ideas about how to enhance our didactics, we can make changes! This is one of the great aspects of our program. For example, a senior resident thought we should review ACEP guideline/policy statements. So now he emails us weekly with the guidelines and an article or two supporting or contesting the guidelines and then we discuss them as a group. This is a great opportunity to review literature, read about clinical policies and get attending feedback.
The internal medicine didactics schedule is as follows:
- Monday: Morning Report and case discussion from 7:30 - 8:30 AM, EKG/cardiology lecture by Dr. Noble from 12:30 - 1:00 PM
- Tuesday: Tumor Board with Dr. Shackleford from 7:00 - 8:00 AM, morning report from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM, and board review from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
- Wednesday: Morning report and case discussion from 7:30 - 8:30 AM, no noon lecture, and Wheeling Health Right clinic either in the morning or the afternoon for residents
- Thursday: Morning report and case discussion from 7:30 - 8:30 AM, and Yale lecture series questions and answers from 8:30 - 9:00 AM, as well as a noon lecture from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
- Friday: Morning report and case discussion from 7:30 - 8:30 AM, and two resident-driven lectures from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
At OVMC we have a great simulation center. During the first week of residency, senior residents teach new residents about procedures including central lines, chest tubes, intubations, lumbar punctures, etc. We also come back to practice procedures about four times a year. Our simulation center houses several models made by Dr Dougherty himself. We have models that teach pericardiocentesis technique, cricothyroidotomy, transvenous pacing, and many more. There is an OBSimBot to practice vaginal deliveries and post-mortem C-sections. There is also a high fidelity SimBot for mega codes. This SimBot actually talks, has pupillary responses, is connected to a “live monitor”, and can receive IV medications! We also have an InfantBot and a PediBot to practice neonatal and pediatric resuscitation and pediatric procedures. Finally, our simulation laboratory is a great place to practice ultrasound. There is a robot and a computer program that allows us to practice ultrasound. We also practice on each other! Our Sim Center will be getting a new, larger home in near future so that residents, nurses, attendings, and other staff can enjoy all it has to offer.
Wheeling Health Right
Our residents' continuity clinic is held at Wheeling Health Right. Wheeling Health Right serves the "working poor" population. Residents have approximately eight patient visits per 1/2 day session. They are responsible for a panel of patients over the three years of residency. When a patient from Health Right is admitted, the resident is notified and participates in the patient's care inpatient care as well. This ensures comprehensive continuous medical care. The preceptor is available at all times in the clinic for questions and to review cases. There is a full time nurse psychologist on staff to help with biopsychosocial issues in this patient population. The resident learns to interact with Nurse Practitioners also in this setting.
Cost effectiveness is an integral aspect of this learning environment. The clinic has its own pharmacy where medications are given at a minimal fee. At times medical diagnostic resources are limited and the residents learn to utilize their options, which are valuable skills in the clinical setting.
Residents are encouraged to act as consultants to each other based on their level of training and special interests. Residents are taught how to efficiently utilize consulting services when needed. The residents also participate in ambulatory clinics when they are on an IM subspecialty services, pediatrics, and obstetrics & gynecology.
Our program offers a unique opportunity for residents and medical students to rotate at New River Gorge, Fayetteville, WV, with hands-on experience through workshops and great didactics for practical medicine in the wilderness. For more information, see the Wildness Medicine website.
All emergency medicine residents are required to complete an original research project prior to graduation according to ACOEP guidelines. At OVMC, there is a lot of support to help residents reach this goal. Each intern completes an online training program that takes them through the research process. This program was developed by Eric Zemper, Ph.D., at MSUCOM. This includes a series of modules that interns are required to complete within their first six months. Dr. Washington, the research director and mentor, and Dr. Dougherty help residents write a research proposal to present to the Institutional Review Board. Harriette Kelly is a full time librarian at OVMC; she is an invaluable resource! The Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (MSOPTI) employs a full-time statistician to help residents interpret and analyze research results. Overall, the residency program at OVMC has many resources that help residents successfully complete their research project. The Graduate Medical Education office provides financial support to encourage residents to present their research and case presentations at conferences nationwide.
Some past projects include:
- Jain S, Lowman ES, Kessler A, Harper J, Rumoro DP, Smith KY, Purim-Shem-Tov Y, Kessler HA. Seroprevalence study using oral rapid HIV testing in a large urban emergency department. J Emerg Med. 2012. 43(5):e269-75.
- Klocek P, Carney M, Dougherty J, D'Agostino S. West Virginia and Rural Emergency Department Ultrasound - Do They Have it?
- Sheyman J, Crake R. Loperamide Induced Brugada Syndrome.
- Rasmussen K, Dougherty J. Kawasaki Disease in a 3 yr old.
- Halterman J, Rasmussen K, Dougherty J. Crohn’s Disease Presenting as Intestinal Parasites.
- Suders D, Waltz T, Frenn A, Agcaoili D. Abdominal angina as the presenting symptom in bacterial endocarditis.
Our graduates are placed and employed in a wide variety of places! Here's a look at where some of them are now:
Some of the unique opportunities of our program allow us to work in special events within Wheeling and the surrounding areas. For some of these events you do need to be a PGY-2 or higher, but not for all of them!
- Jamboree in the Hills (Jambo) - A annual outside music festival that has such headliners a Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, and others. As residents, we are given the opportunity to work the medical tent during the weekend long festival and all the country music your ears can take in!
- Wheeling Nailers games - The Nailers are a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey farm team. During their season, we are able to work their home games along side an attending as the team docs. Great way to see some rising stars and hockey while working!
- Tough Mudder - This past year, a Tough Mudder was held in nearby St. Clairsville, Ohio and we were asked to come and work the medical tent. Another great opportunity to assist the local community in staying healthy while they challenge their bodies.
- St. Clairsville School District Physicals - We are honored the St. Clairsville school district gives us the opportunity to perform school physicals a few select times of year to the students.
- National Jamboree for the Boy Scouts of America - A unique event that comes once every 4 years! This was the first year it occurred, which allowed residents who were participating in the wilderness medicine elective to join with the BSA. Everyone spent a month down in New River Gorge participating in some amazing training for the first 2 weeks, then staffing the medical pavilion for the boy scouts for the last 2 weeks. Swift water rescue, basic rope rescue and landing zone set up are just a few of the courses you participate in. A truly once–in–a–lifetime experience!