Graduate Medical Education

GME class photo 2018

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.

In July of 2015 we attained Institutional Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our Family Medicine and Internal Medicine programs received Initial Accreditation.

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 2019
Graduating Class of 2019 left to right: front row: John Burnett, DO, FM; Gurpreet Kaur, DO, FM; & Paul Tran, DO, FM; Jane Oosthuizen, DO, IM & Ciara Kazakis, DO, IM back row: Paula Brooks, MD, FM Asst PD; Benjamin Rudd, MD, FM PD; LaVerne VanDeWall, DO, IM PD & David Rechlin, DO, DME/DIO


2019 medical students
Medical Students left to right: Kaitlyn Fromknecht, OMS-3; Joseph Arellano, OMS-3; Janessa Haasbeek, OMS-3; Ashley Brisbin, PA-S; Mackenzie Meyer, PA-S; Benjamin Kitko, OMS-4; & David Rechlin, DO, DME/DIO
The purpose of the Samaritan Internal Medicine Residency training is to provide Residents with comprehensive structured cognitive and procedural clinical education in both inpatient and outpatient settings that will enable them to become competent, proficient and professional Osteopathic Internists.

GME Media Interviews


dr jacobs morning check up

Internal medicine resident Dr. Eunice Jacob talks about heat exhaustion during Samaritan Medical Center's Morning Checkup segment on 7 News This Morning. Some of the symptoms include nausea, light-headedness, dizziness, palpitations, and profuse sweating. If you experience symptoms, try to cool off and drink plenty of water. If you don't feel better, seek medical attention. You can avoid heat exhaustion by also drinking a lot of water and avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day. Watch Dr. Jacob's interview here.



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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


To learn more about what Samaritan Health System and New York's North Country have to offer please contact us toll free: 1-888-365-6411 or 315-779-5244 or email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

New Innovations & Residency Applicants

AOA Accreditation, Current GME Resident Profiles, About the Area, & Faculty listing

Internal Medicine, Osteopathic Internship, Family Medicine, Medical Students