Residency Update

    The E-Newsletter of  the UMass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency

May 2010
Inside This Edition
News Around the Residency
Resident E-Journal: Medicine in Small-Town Kentucky
Tuesday Didactic Schedule: May/June 2010
Graduate Spotlight: A Conversation with Silvia Los, MD
Celebrations and Congratulations!
   News Around The Residency  
Welcome, New Residents!
Welcome to our five newest residents! We are delighted to have these five talented young physicians train with us at Fitchburg Family Medicine beginning this coming summer. If you would like to learn more about each resident, as well as see a photo, please click here!  

Amanda Iantosca, DO    NY College of Osteopathic Medicine
Timothy Lowney, DO     Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rocio Nordfeldt, MD    Universidad San Martin de Porres (Peru)

Matthew Plosker, MD    Ross University School of Medicine
Elliot Schaeffer, DO   Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
All of our residents completed the ACGME Resident Survey - 100% participation! Results will be available next week and Dr. Ledwith will discuss the results with faculty and residents in the weeks to come.
Construction plans for the new health center are moving forward. The process of interviewing potential architects began on April 30.

CPOE Training
Most residents have completed CPOE training and several have been able to implement it in the care of patients at HealthAlliance medical units (CCU, Peds, MNU will follow). A final training session is planned in June to assure that rising PGY2s receive training and practice before the need to use CPOE when on call.

Another training will be held during PGY1 orientation. Each resident should contact Margaret Campbell in advance of duty shifts in which they will initially use CPOE in order to schedule a mentor to guide the CPOE process. Please use your practice cases!

Calendar Notes (Reserve These Dates!)
On May 24, the Quality Assurance Committee will meet from 12-1:30. The residents will present their quality improvement projects.

The Spring Resident Retreat will be held on Friday, June 4, starting with an all-resident meeting at the Doyle Conservation Center at 464 Abbott Ave, Leominster (between Lindell Rd and Rt 2). Morning topics include overview of resident surveys and program evaluations and brainstorming about potential modifications. Notify preceptors that you are required to be off of your rotations on this date.

Graduation will take place on Saturday, June 26, 6 PM at the Chocksett Inn,
Sterling, MA
A great time is planned! Residents who find themselves on call should make immediate arangements for a schedule change and contact Elaine or Jim for assistance with other departments if needed.

The New Resident Welcome Picnic will be held on Friday, June 25 at Saima Park in conjunction with the CHC Staff Picnic
Resident E-Journal: Medicine in Rural Kentucky
We are delighted to receive this newsletter submission from  Awais Siddiki, PGY-2, who has recently returned from his "away elective." Here's what he writes....
"I had a great experience during my recent "away elective" in the small town of Corbin, Kentucky. I worked in a small rural women's health primary care center, "WHA Primary Care."  
Not only did I learn about different clinical cases, I performed lots of procedures in the office because the nearest specialty office or hospital was far away.
It was surprising that the small office had fully-equipped EMR and ICD code support within its software. I was also given a brand-new laptop to do my progress notes. 
I have to mention that the people were so generous and extremely respectful, which is unforgettable. I'll advise all my co-residents to go there and work for a few days!"
Photos (from left): With Dr. David Delepenia, Medical Director of WHA Primary Care; With one of WHA's nurse practicioners; Awais' farewell lunch 
Tuesday Didactic Schedule - Spring 2010 
MAY 2010
5/11:  Sports Medicine: Shoulder, Knee and Ankle Exam, Common Conditions/Injuries
          Journal Club
5/18:  Science and Medicine
          HIV (Complications and Case Studies)
5/25:  Pain and Psych Rounds
 JUNE 2010
  6/1:  Community Medicine

  6/8:  Chronic Care
             Journal Club
6/15:  Sports Medicine:
Common Female Athlete Injuries, Osteoporosis
            HIV (Complications and Case Studies)
6/22:  Pain and Psych Rounds
6/29:  Sports Medicine: Female Athlete Injuries, Concussions
            Sports Medicine: Heat Illness, Abrasions/Road Rash, Medical Station

Our residency curriculum web page can be found here. This web page is updated on an ongoing basis. With any questions about curriculum, please contact Dr. Ledwith at

  Graduate Spotlight  

      A Conversation with Silvia Los, MD

It was on a pleasant April afternoon that Dr. Silvia Los returned to 275 Nichols Road for the first time since her 2006 graduation. Happy to see old friends, she was also eager to share memories of her time as a Fitchburg resident.  "My residency at UMass was a fabulous experience," she recalled, having just returned from a tour of her old health center with former program director and mentor, Dr. Beth Mazyck. "The program here is very well balanced between supervision and autonomy." 
Upon graduation, Silvia re-located to Dunn, North Carolina to practice at a rural community health center, where she has worked ever since. Her diverse practice, located an hour south of Raleigh, includes Latin migrant farm workers as well as rural and suburban patients of all ethnicities. Silvia credits her Fitchburg training for her ability to provide care for a wide variety of patients. "Continuity of care is very important. This program gave me the foundation I needed to practice independently." 

A native of Argentina, Silvia completed medical school in 1998 at Universidad de Buenos Aires School of Medicinemoving on to complete an Internal Medicine internship at a community hospital in inner-city Buenos Aires. Shortly after, Silvia was selected to complete training in Internal Medicine, OB-GYN and Hematology through the William J. Harrington Training Programs for Latin America. She spent additional time in Florida prior to joining Fitchburg Family Medicine in 2004.

Board-certified in Family Practice, Silvia's academic interests include establishing a chronic disease model for obesity and diabetes. She also enjoys mentoring medical students and residents from the University of North Carolina who are completing their Family Medicine and rural/community rotations. Silvia is an outdoor enthusiast who hikes and enjoys cross country skiing, a skill that could be put to good use if she decides to return to North Worcester County. "UMass is recognized as a leader in primary care training. I feel honored and very proud to be a graduate of this program." 


Michael Smith would like to thank Dr. Los for agreeing to be featured in our newsletter, and would also like to acknowledge Dr. Peter McConarty for helping arrange our meeting.


 Celebrations and Congratulations! 
Congratulations this month to....

Beth Mazyck, MD, who was recently elected as Director of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians.

Peter McConarty, MD, Fitchburg Residency faculty member since 1978, who re- certified with the American Board of Family Practice by examination in October 2009. Dr. McConarty first was certified by ABFP in 1977 and has been certified continuously,  having taken and passed the re-certification examination six times at six year intervals.
Ana Russ, DO, PGY-2, who just got engaged to James Jacobellis during their trip to Jamaica in late April! A summer 2011 is planned.
Roberto Larios, MD, PGY-3, who will join HealthAlliance as a Critical Care Hospitalist (Nocturnist), conducting a hospital-based practice and providing professional medical services to patients of CPC.  
Edna MarkAddy, MD, PGY-3 and Karla Christo, MD, PGY-3 who will join the HealthAlliance CPC group in family medicine practices in South Leominster and Fitchburg, respectively. We are thrilled to keep three (and possibly more) of our graduates in our community! 

Finally, no list of celebrations could be complete without a "Happy Birthday" roll, for those residents who are celebrating in May and June, this one's for you!
Happy Birthday
to Ivan Briones (May 25) and Sarah Leonard (June 9.) 
Got news for our next newsletter?
Contact Dr. Jim Ledwith at 
or Michael Smith, Associate Director of Admissions, at