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About Samaritan Health

Current GME Resident Profiles

Meet the residents in this year’s program.

Jack Barkin, DO

Program:
Traditional Rotating Internship

Hometown:
Columbus, OH

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
University of Michigan, BA 13’
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO 18’

Life Before Medical School:
Going to college so I could try to get into medical school

Interests:
Netflix, college basketball, movies and hiking

Favorite Thing About the Area:
Easy to get around town, lots of good outdoor activities

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
Friendly work environment, good place to learn

Angela Chen

Program:
Traditional Rotating Internship

Hometown:
San Jose, CA

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine — D.O.
University of California, Davis — B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Life Before Medical School:
I was part of the church and served my community. I studied for exams, and when I had time I enjoyed food and karaoke.

Interests:
My interests include puppies, music, singing, travelling, exploring new areas, and food. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family.

Favorite Thing About the Area:
The fresh air, the scenery, and the friendly community. There is not a lot of traffic and stores with everything I need are nearby. Also, there are sightseeing spots I can explore on my free time.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
I love the work environment and culture of Samaritan. My coworkers are great people to work with as they are humble, kind, and interesting. Through our teamwork, we create the perfect environment for patient care. In addition, Samaritan cares for their residents and look after each other as family.

Matthew Springer

Program:
Internal Medicine

Hometown:
Cherry Hill, NJ

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
Rider University – Bachelors of Science in Biology
A.T. Still University – Masters of Biomedical Sciences
A.T. Still University – Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine

Life Before Medical School:
Before medical school I received an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences. I have been a student for as long as I can remember.

Interests:
I enjoy fishing and any outdoor activity. I enjoy playing guitar and spending time with friends and family.

Favorite Thing About the Area:
The nature in the area is very nice to take in. There are a good amount of things to do within a reasonable distance.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
The residency program is very dedicated. There is good camaraderie within the class. Everyone in and outside the hospital is nice and welcoming.

Sukhbir “Sukhi” Randhawa, DO

Program:
Family Medicine

Hometown:
Seattle, WA

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
Pacific Lutheran University: B.S. Biology, B.S. Chemistry, International Honors

Life Before Medical School:
Going on fun, spontaneous trips around the globe

Interests:
Dance, travel

Favorite Thing About the Area:
It’s serene and quiet. The landscape is picturesque.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
The people here are very supportive.

Zhiwei Zhang

Program:
Internal Medicine

Hometown:
New York, NY

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
Brandeis University, BA
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO

Life Before Medical School:
Traveled to Europe, worked as a full-time clerical researcher and part-time barista in Washington, DC

Interests:
Snowboarding, longboarding, wakeboarding, fishing, ultimate frisbee, hiking, camping, traveling abroad, cooking and eating clean, culinary medicine

Favorite Thing About the Area:
I love all the bodies of water around Watertown. It makes for some good kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding and amazing views of sunsets. I’m close to home in NYC, so it’s about a 5 hour drive home to see family.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
The small class size is great, because I get to interact with attendings one-on-one and get to have opportunities to do procedures, if I wanted to. My co-residents are all team players and it makes work fun and enjoyable. Faculty are very reasonable and supportive and most of all they listen to residents’ feedback and suggestions and make changes accordingly to make the program even stronger.

Alec Bernard, DO

Program:
Family Medicine Resident

Hometown:
Derry, NH

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
Saint Anselm College, Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry
Boston University, Masters Degree in Medical Science
University of New England, Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine

Life Before Medical School:
After my master’s degree, I continued to foster my interest in medicine by working as an EMT, pathology technician and physician recruiter. Each of these experiences helped to confirm my passion for medicine and desire to become a physician.

Interests:
Outside the hospital, I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Additionally, I try to exercise as much as possible. As residents, we receive a free membership to the YMCA, which is in close proximity to the hospital. This makes staying healthy an achievable goal.

Favorite Thing About the Area:
The North Country truly has everything you need. It is a great combination of commercial development and small, locally-owned businesses and restaurants. The proximity to both Syracuse and the Thousand Islands leaves plenty to do and explore during time away from the hospital.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
One of the greatest strengths of Residency at Samaritan is the family-like atmosphere. Everyone is extremely helpful and the faculty truly values each resident’s individual success.

Adam McSherry

Program:
Family Medicine

Hometown:
Easton, MA

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
UMASS Amherst BS Biology
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) D.O.

Life Before Medical School:
I worked as an EMT during college prior to attending medical school.

Interests:
Watching sports, disc golf, hiking

Favorite Thing About the Area:
Hiking and nature trails

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
Everyone is so nice here and I can’t wait to meet and work with as many people as I can.

Melissa Beshay, MD

Program:
Internal Medicine

Hometown:
Greenville, SC

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
Furman University (Greenville SC) – Bachelor of Science in Biology
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston SC) – Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston SC) – MD

Life Before Medical School:
Before medical school I was living the blissful, carefree lifestyle of a college student…definitely wouldn’t mind going back to that!

Interests:
Painting on canvas, photography, traveling, playing piano, kayaking, going to the beach, & shopping

Favorite Thing About the Area:
I love the beaches on Lake Ontario and all of the fun festivals and events that take place in the summertime. I also love the weather in the summer! Upstate NY has such kind people that I feel like I haven’t left the South! I do miss sweet tea and grits though. Ask me in a couple of months how I feel about my first “real” winter…

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
I chose to come to Samaritan because I love how close and supportive all of the residents are for each other. While the program is small, each resident feels appreciated and the personal care from hospital staff makes the crazy hours and transition from books to the bedside so much better. Everyone at Samaritan is so welcoming and it truly feels like a second family to me!

Farah Wani

Program:
Family Medicine

Hometown:
Kashmir, India

Colleges and Specific Degrees:
MD from Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences, India
Research Associate at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital (CMU), Michigan
Clinical Externship at Pikeville Medical Center, Kentucky

Life Before Medical School:
Before medical school I was exploring my passion as a singer and an athlete. I tried everything and finally realized medicine is my calling and where I belong.

Interests:
I love being a mother of my sassy 5 yr. old, spending quality time with family, singing, cooking, watching game shows, traveling, and reading.

Favorite Thing About the Area:
Watertown is such a beautiful and welcoming place. You definitely enjoy best of both the worlds here. Wonderful place to wind down after a week of hard work.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:
Residency at Samaritan is extremely special because you are given individual attention and are made to feel at home. I believe anyone starting as an intern will realize the importance of having the privilege of easing into a residency. Plus, our orientation week was totally adventurous and fancy (ask us about it). You will find the most amazing and supportive seniors and staff. Grateful to be a part of the Samaritan family.

GME Alumni

2020 Alumni

Bareeqah Ahmad
Eunice Jacob-Charly
Kwabena Owusu-Boateng
Hailey Sparacino

2019 Alumni

John Burnett
Preet Kaur
Ciara Kazakis
Jane Oosthuizen
Paul Tran


2018 Alumni

Daniel Morgan
Brogan Schoeneman
Boyu Wang


2017 Alumni

Jason Federline
J. Ryan McLain
Trang Nguyen
Shervin Shahriari
Viliane Vilcant


2016 Alumni

Caitlin Donegan-Tartell
Tad Lanagan
Yu Sung

2015 Alumni

Marnina Shelkin
Kristine Soltanpour
Itauma Udosen
Shelia Ramanathan



2014 Alumni

Jill Laureano-Surber
Matt Maynard
Jasmine Weaver
Suman Yadam

2013 Alumni

Aaron Campbell
Brian Hornsby
Colleen Overdorf
Christina Marie Bordeau