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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital welcomes 9 new residents

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s family medicine residency program is proud to welcome nine first year residents to their program. These students began training on July 1 after completing two weeks of intense orientation.

In the picture attached the 2009 residents are (front row, left to right): Theresa Weerts, MD, Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Heidi Chatham, MD, Central America Health Sciences University; Renee Kassir, DO, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University; Sarah Kidder, DO, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University; Jean Howard, DO, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University; and Melissa MacVenn, MD, Ross University, Dominica. Back row, left to right: Rafai Bukhari, MD, Windsor University Saint Kitts and Nevis; Christopher Bailey, MD, from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; and Elias Shaheen, MD, Ross University, Dominica.

“We are so proud of the caliber of residents that we are able to work with,” said Dr. Clara Carls, program director of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency program. “Our team is excited to see the wonderful work that is sure to come of them.”

During this intense program, residents complete comprehensive curriculum training with faculty and renowned specialists. Hinsdale Family Medicine residents have a unique opportunity to receive one on one resident to attending training in every area of the hospital—ICU, medicine, cardiology, ER, surgery and pediatrics—as they are the only residents in the hospital.

Residents attracted to Hinsdale Family Medicine:
• Want to treat the whole person: spiritual, mental, physical and social,
• Enjoy working with people and making a positive impact on patient care,
• Appreciate hands-on education that fosters independence and individual growth,
• Seize opportunities to excel,
• Desire a balanced professional and personal life,
• Are team players,
• Want to be a part of a “family” and fulfill the HFM mission.

The program is fully dual accredited for AOA and ACGME.  The AOA Family Medicine Program was granted accreditation in July 2008 and has an affiliation agreement with Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for post-graduate medical education. 

For more information, call Donna Ritacco at 630-856-8950 or e-mail