About Samaritan Health

To provide an exceptional, comprehensive (yet individualized) Residency training experience for physicians dedicated to a career in Family Medicine. It is our intent to shape resident physicians into caring, compassionate doctors with sufficient self-assurance to provide excellent family-focused care in any environment.

Our goal is to produce a Family Medicine graduate to whom we would entrust our own family members and a physician prepared for practice in the current healthcare environment.


The three-year Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program of Samaritan Medical Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice (ACOFP).


Oversight for the Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program is conducted by a committed Program Director who encourages you to deliver excellent, cost-efficient healthcare while establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with your patients and their families. A dedicated professional support staff, as well as faculty members from a wide array of specialties, assist the Director. While all Family Medicine residencies must meet Board requirements, there are some distinct differences in Samaritan’s program that enable us to stand apart from others. They are:

  • An emphasis on care in the outpatient clinic designed to give you hands-on experience with management of your patient panel for three consecutive years.
  • An outpatient procedure clinic where you will learn cryotherapy, minor office surgery including radiosurgery and other procedures.
  • OMT training is demonstrated and encouraged.
  • A culturally rural yet growing location which encompasses a population base of approximately 110,000 culturally-diverse patients
  • Great flexibility in rotations with a focus on tailoring your educational experience to your practice preferences.
  • A prestigious military installation nearby (Fort Drum/10th Mountain Division), with military physicians on staff to provide training, including a wide array of pathology, reflecting world-wide exposure.
  • Full-spectrum of family medicine available, including Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Geriatrics.
  • Integrated Electronic Medical Records and imaging systems in place both in the hospital and the clinic.
  • Daily lectures and protected time for conferences to help you further understand the management of both common and complex problems.

The Program Director meets with you on a regular basis to ensure that you are receiving the necessary knowledge and training to manage the healthcare of your patients.

Our continuity of care training site (Samaritan Health Plaza) is conveniently located in close proximity to the hospital campus and is patterned after a private practice. It is equipped with a waiting room, multiple examination rooms, Residents’ office, library with reference books and computer access, and a laboratory. It is in the Family Medicine Center where you will become proficient in caring for your own assigned panel of patients to be followed throughout your three-year residency. It is also here and at LeRay Family Medicine (very near Fort Drum) where you will become proficient in various procedures, such as joint injections and minor surgeries under supervision. The continuity clinic will function in patient centered medical home platform to optimally prepare you for your own practice.

Quarterly Resident Fun Days are granted where all the residents are given an afternoon off duty to provide socialization, support and camaraderie.


Rotation blocks in the Internal Medicine Residency:

1Internal Medicine – Inpatient 1 of 4Internal Medicine – Inpatient 3 of 4Family Inpatient Med 1 of 2
2Internal Medicine – Inpatient 2 of 4Internal Medicine – Inpatient 4 of 4Family Inpatient Med 2 of 2
3IM – ICU/CCU/PULMIM – CardiologyInpatient Medicine Selective OR Clinic Chief
4IM – EndocrineIM – Nephr OR NeurologyDermatology OR Rheumatology
5General SurgeryIM – Inf Dis OR Medicine SelectiveSports Medicine / PM&R (2-4 weeks)
6Obstetrics 1 of 2Obstetrics 2 of 2Addiction Medicine & Family Counseling
7Psychiatry InpatientWomen’s Health/ GYNPalliative Care/ Hospice
8Pediatrics – OutpatientENT SpecialtyPractice Management
9Pediatrics – Inpatient 1 of 2Behavioral MedicinePediatrics Outpatient 2 of 2
10Orthopedic SurgeryPediatrics Inpatient 2 of 2Ophthalmology OR Urology
11Emergency Medicine 1 of 2Emergency Medicine 2 of 2Elective
12Community Medicine / Research (4 weeks)Ambulatory Scholarship in MedicineElective
Community Clinic1 ea 1/2 day clinic3 ea 1/2 day clinic3 ea 1/2 day clinic
Geriatrics1/2 day/month1/2 day/month1/2 day/month

Each block = 4 weeks


Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Podiatry, Pulmonary, and Urology

A minimum of 20% and a maximum of 40% of the program is to be spent in ambulatory rotations, including the continuing ambulatory experience. Rotations for the track are: office gynecology, ambulatory surgical subspecialties such as: orthopedics, ENT, urology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, adolescent medicine, substance abuse, disease prevention/wellness, geriatric medicine, community/epidemiology/public health, emergency medicine, allergy, dermatology, any medicine subspecialty in an ambulatory site, physical medicine, and vascular medicine.

Samaritan Medical Center participates in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) for all of its AOA Approved Programs. ERAS will transmit the applications, letters of recommendation, Deans’ letters, transcripts and all other supporting credentials from medical schools to residency programs via the Internet.

Once your electronic application has been received by the Recruiter, you will be issued an invitation for an on-site personal interview. Samaritan Medical Center makes every effort to assist you with travel arrangements, directions and maps and provides hotel accommodations for you the evening before the interview.

AOA Program Number #152949 Match Code: 47646
ACGME Program Number: 1203500732 Match Code: 2024120C0

Family Medicine Class of 2018-2019

Left to right: Adam McSherry, DO; Alec Bernard, DO; Kwabena Owusu-Boateng, DO, (Jr Chief); Benjamin Rudd, MD, (PD); Hailey Peterson, DO; Paula Gregg (Asst PD); Paul Tran, DO; Gurpreet Kaur, DO; & John Burnett, DO (Chief)

Family Medicine Graduates for 2019

Left to right:Dr Gregg (Asst. PD); Dr Kaur; Dr Burnett; Dr Tran; & Dr Rudd (PD)