2011 Fellowship Alumni Newsletter
2010 Fellowship Alumni Newsletter
NEW! Primary Care and Medical Communications Fellowship: This fellow will pursue projects and research exploring the relationship between media and health, with a special focus on family medicine and primary care, and their intersection with public engagement, health communication, and mass and social media. S/he will collaborate with faculty members who regularly engage in medical writing, reporting, editing, and blogging. S/he will practice part-time in one of our affiliated Family Medicine clinics and participate, on a regular basis, in faculty development training, medical student and resident teaching.
TO APPLY: Please send a letter of interest to Dr. James Welsh, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Health Leadership Development Fellowship (formerly Community Health Center Director Development):This fellowship is designed to train future physician leaders to become medical directors of Community Health Centers (CHCs). The fellow will provide Community-Oriented Primary Care in a medically underserved community, and receive faculty development training in preparation to becoming a role model and future teacher of medical students, residents and other health professionals. The fellow will serve as an instructor and junior faculty member, assisting other department faculty in several aspects of teaching, research, and clinical practice.
TO APPLY: Please submit a CV, personal statement, and two letters of support with references by March 31 the year of application to Dr. Kim Bullock, email@example.com. For inquiries, call 202-687-0925.
The Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Health Policy Fellowship (formerly Primary Care Health Policy): This is a one-year full-time program with combined experiences in scholarly research and clinical practice. Fellows have a unique opportunity to interact and local and federal policymakers in Washington, D.C. An integrated part of the program provides fellows the opportunity to collaborate with and contribute to institutions focused on improving quality medical care for our increasingly diverse and underserved populations through both clinical and academic practice.
TO APPLY: This fellowship has a rolling deadline until the position is filled. Please send a personal statement, current CV, and two letters of support (including one from your current Residency Program Director or Department Chair) to Dr. Kenneth Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Medical Humanities Fellowship: Fellows explore and pursue projects related to arts-in-medicine. Fellows develop a curricular project using the arts in medicine, and will have numerous opportunities to incorporate medical humanities/arts into teaching at pre- and post-doctoral levels. The fellow will serve as an instructor and junior faculty member, assisting other department faculty in several aspects of teaching, research, and clinical practice.
TO APPLY: Contact Dr. Caroline Wellbery at email@example.com.
Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Health Policy Fellow: John Parks, M.D.
This health policy fellowship allows me to combine all of my interests into one experience here in Washington, DC. I am originally from Arkansas but moved around growing up as a military brat. I went to medical school at Georgetown University, and afterward moved to North Carolina for residency in family medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC provided strong clinical training, and in my last year I was one of the chief residents. As a health policy fellow, I am providing clinical care at an underserved clinic site in DC. I also work with Georgetown medical students and family medicine residents. My health policy work is done through the Robert Graham Center and focuses on describing the value of family medicine and primary care for our health system. My wife works at a human rights NGO, and we are exploring our new neighborhood in the Eastern Market area of DC.
Community Health Leadership Development Fellow: Hanna Yoon, M.D.
Dr. Hanna Yoon is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.S., Nutritional Sciences) and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She completed her family medicine residency at Virginia Commonwealth University–Fairfax Family Practice. She worked in urgent care during residency and participated in medical mission trips to Haiti and Honduras. She chose to pursue this community health fellowship for the opportunity to deliver primary care to an underserved population, participate in faculty development through teaching residents and students, and to work with the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved and the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. to further develop her interests in community health and global health. She is excited for this upcoming year!
Primary Care Health Policy Recent Fellows
Laura Makaroff, D.O. (2012)
Dr. Laura Makaroff is a graduate of Coe College (B.A. Chemistry) and Des Moines University (D.O.). She completed her residency in family medicine at University of Colorado Hospital where she received the Larry Green, M.D. award and Colorado Academy of Family Physicians’ Resident of the Year award. After completing her residency in 2006, she opened her own solo practice in Parker, C.O. Mountaintop Family Health was chosen to participate in the Colorado Multi-Stakeholder Multi-Payer Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot and earned NCQA Level III Patient Centered Medical Home recognition in 2009. Owning her own practice and providing first contact care to thousands of patients over the last four years solidified her desire to contribute to the improvement and redesign of our nation’s health care delivery system. She has varied health policy interests including supporting practice and health system transformation that supports patient-centered, equitable, and efficient health care. She will pursue her research and policy interests at The Robert Graham Center and provide clinical care at Unity Health Care.
Matthew T. Burke, M.D. (2010)
Dr. Matthew Burke is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B., History and Biology) and Albany Medical College (M.D.). He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Brown University in 2009 and has held a strong interest in health policy since medical school. Dr. Burke has previously lobbied for reform on behalf of the AMA and AAFP, as well as having done comparative post doctoral education research at the University of Zagreb public health school in Croatia. He has strong interests in global health policy as well as Health Information Technology, especially as it pertains to the implementation of Patient Centered Medical Homes. He will be doing policy research at the Robert Graham Center while doing clinical work at Unity Health Care.
Keisa Bennett, M.D. (2009)
Dr. Keisa Bennet received her B.S. in Chemistry from Murray State University, and received her M.D. from the University of Kentucky. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kentucky. There, she participates in inpatient, outpatient and obstetric clinical care, teaching residents and students, and research in health systems and delivery. Her current research foci include primary care workforce, vitamin Dsupplementation, maternity care education, and motivation and behavioral factors that influence patients and providers to implement evidence-based medicine.
Medical Humanities Recent Fellows
Melissa Chan, M.D. (2013)
Dr. Melissa Chan graduated from Scripps College (B.A. Art History), where she wrote her senior thesis on the intersection of art and science in the Renaissance and received the Mellon Grant for a speaker series entitled, “Linking Laboratories and Studios.” Dr. Chan received her M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Florida, where she was honored with the Gillespy Award and the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She also served in Auckland, New Zealand within a Family Medicine Clinic. Her expertise in health information technologies and online teaching are well-respected, and she has published medical journal articles and reviews. She is a classically trained artist whose work has been exhibited internationally.
Rebecca McAteer, M.D. (2013)
Dr. Rebecca McAteer attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia (B.S. Biology) and received her doctorate from New York Medical College (M.D.), graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. She then completed her family medicine residency training at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania, with an area of concentration in palliative care and hospice. For the past year she has worked as an attending hospitalist, and will continue in this capacity at Providence Hospital. Other interests in the field include bioethics, the history of medicine, and global health; she recently returned from Nepal and anticipates serving there as a physician upon completion of her fellowship. She enjoys taking an active role in resident and student teaching, and developed the curriculum for a pre-medical seminar entitled “Exploring the Medical Humanities,” which she successfully piloted at Franklin & Marshall College during the 2011-12 academic year.
Christy Tharenos, M.D., M.S.P.H. (2012)
Dr. Christy Tharenos is a graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Environmental Biology and art) and the University of Missouri (M.D., M.S.P.H.). She completed both her residency in Family Medicine and fellowship in sports medicine at University of Missouri. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she served as a faculty member at the University of Missouri in the family medicine department and student health clinic on campus. Dr. Tharenos is passionate about cultural intersections with medicine and her work overseas in Mexico and Uganda in global health has shaped her greatly. She worked with Ugandan youth and cameras in a participatory project in which youth explored concepts of physical activity via photography. She is passionate about using her visual art and creative background to teach, expand understanding of the human condition and to give voices to those who often do not have a voice in society.
Community Health Leadership Development Recent Fellows
Tobie-Lynn Smith, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H. (2012)
Dr. Tobie-Lynn Smith is a graduate of The University of Texas (B.A., M.Ed., Kinesiology), SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine (M.D.) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (M.P.H.). She completed her residency in Family Medicine at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa in San Antonio, TX . She has worked in Urgent Care and medical mission trips to Nicaragua and serves as a Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network Provider.
Sarah Kureshi, M.D., M.P.H. (2011)
D r. Sarah Kureshi is a graduate of University of Central Florida (B.S., Biology), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (M.D.) and Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H, International Health). She completed her residency in Family Medicine at UCSF in 2010 where she was a global health clinical scholar. Dr. Kureshi has been passionate about community health since college and has a special interest in gender-based violence, health & human rights, and empowerment, especially pertaining to refugee/immigrant populations and trauma survivors. Being a former NCAA college athlete and the first U.S. female athlete to compete in Iran since the 1979 revolution, she has a strong passion for using sports as a tool for development, peace, violence prevention, and health education. She has previously worked with girls rescued from sex trafficking in New Delhi, lady health workers in earthquake-affected Kashmir, and the Somali refugee community in Minnesota. This has been informed by her interest and work within the Muslim communuity to address health-related issues. Dr. Kureshi currently works at Unity Health Care where she provides primary care to a multicultural, urban underserved population. She also serves as a Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum Network Provider and teaches courses on Global Health & Human Rights.
Chevonne Salmon, M.D. (2009)
Erica McClaskey, M.D. (2008)
Michelle Roett, M.D. (2007)