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St. Claire Regional Family Medicine Residency Continues to Train Rural Physicians

4/7/2011

St. Claire Regional (SCR) recently matched two new physicians to participate in the SCR Family Medicine Residency program. Amanda Ramey, DO, a native of Pikeville, KY, and Shirley Raveendran, MD, born in Balgalore, India, were selected out of more than 890 applicants. The matching program assigns each resident to a residency program based on the resident's top choices.

Amanda Ramey, DO obtained her Biology degree from Pikeville College and completed medical school at Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011.

"I love meeting patients in all fields and learning about them and their medical problems. I love being able to explain conditions to them. It is such a great feeling to know that one encounter with a person is all it takes to let them know that you care about them and want to help them," Ramey said about why she chose family medicine.

Shirley Raveendran, MD obtained her Biology degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and completed medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica in 2011.

"I see primary care as the backbone of medicine, a good primary care physician will reach out to each individual who walks in their clinic door to aid them to be at their healthiest - body, mind and soul," Raveendran explained as to why she chose family medicine.

"Being a huge proponent of the old proverb - teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime,"Raveendran states as to why she wants to serve the under-served and have preventative care taught within this community.

Drs. Ramey & Raveendran will start their first year at the University of Kentucky in June, 2011. They will begin their second year with St. Claire Regional in June, 2012.

The SCR residency program has served as the rural training track for the University of Kentucky Family Medicine Residency Program since 2000. The residency, a three-year program, accepts two new residents each year to become partners in delivering a healing ministry to rural populations through rural medicine. Residents spend their first year of training at the University of Kentucky and their final two years at a designated St. Claire Medical Group Family Medicine clinic.

Eight physicians have graduated from the three-year program since it was established in 2000. Sixty-three percent of SCR's graduates are practicing in Eastern Kentucky and three have joined SCR's medical staff - Punnanivanam Ravisankar, M.D., emergency department physician; Denis Aliker, M.D., inpatient hospitalist; and Twana Hatton, D.O., who works at St. Claire Medical Group Family Medicine~Sandy Hook.

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