Graduate Medical Education

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Since 1998, Samaritan Medical Center’s physicians and staff have willingly opened their doors to Osteopathic Medical Students in order to provide a quality education for these aspiring physicians.

Since the time the first student walked through our doors, the Medical Education opportunities at Samaritan have increased dramatically. The addition of an Osteopathic Internship Training Program and the creation of Osteopathic Residency Programs in both Family Medicine and Internal Medicine have solidified Samaritan’s commitment to becoming a nationally recognized Osteopathic teaching hospital.

For third and fourth-year Osteopathic Medical Students, Interns, and Residents, the Samaritan experience is one in which one-on-one contact with attending physicians is commonplace and opportunities for hands-on learning occur daily and weekly in the form of Grand Rounds, Primary Care Conferences, specialty conferences, and informal case reviews.

Graduating Class of 2016-2017 left to right: Dr Vilcant, Dr VanDeWall, IM PD, DR Rudd, FM PD, Dr Shahriari, Dr Federline, Dr McLain, Dr Rechlin, DME/DIO, and in front Dr Nguyen


Medical Students left to right: Dr Rechlin, DME/DIO, Visiting 3rd year Medical Student from WVSOM: Ahmad, Full year 3rd year medical students from LECOM pictured: Schmitt, Drechsler, Kochno, and not pictured: Lin, Sharma, & Woodruff


GME Media Interviews



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When treating addictions, it's often helpful to deal with the emotional issues that lead to them. That's from Jason Lulejian, D.O., who's with SUNY Upstate Psychiatry and a resident psychiatrist at Samaritan Medical Center. See the full interview here:

gme research screenshotGraduate Medical Education Residents are conducting research in conjunction with their Faculty Supervisors here at Samaritan Medical Center. Dr Benjamine Rudd, Family Medicine Director and Dr Shervin Shahriari, Internal Medicine Resident provided information regarding that research at a Morning Check-Up interview with 7NEWS WWNYTV in Watertown. See the interview at

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Graduate Medical Education Residents host Community Health Fair, June 18th. Spearheaded by 2nd yr Internal Medicine resident, Dr. Viliane Vilcant, the event is a partnership between the residents, medical students, physicians, employees, community organizations and local businesses in the SMC Rotunda. The goal is to enable area residents to take an active part in maintaining and improving their health. Click on the following link to watch the morning check-up interview with Dr LaVerne VanDeWall, Internal Medicine Program Director and Dr Viliane Vilcant at 7NEWS WWNYTV in Watertown: See the interview for all of the details at

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Heat exhaustion can be a problem during hot weather. That's the message Dr. Benjamin Rudd and Dr. J. Ryan McLain had when they were interviewed for Samaritan Medical Center's Morning Checkup segment on 7 News This Morning. Watch the video for their interview


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Graduating Class of 2016-2017 left to right: Dr Vilcant, Dr VanDeWall, IM PD, DR Rudd, FM PD, Dr Shahriari, Dr Federline, Dr McLain, Dr Rechlin, DME/DIO, and in front Dr Nguyen

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Internal Medicine, Osteopathic Internship, Family Medicine, Medical Students