PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh hospital is finally able to put names and faces to its next class of Family Medicine residents. 

Beginning their training at The University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital this summer will be Toronto native Dr. Michael Grasic; Dr. Andrew Kriger of Ottawa; Dr. Julianne Macaulay of London, Ontario; and Dr. Johnnie Wren, a native of Fort Worth, Texas. 

"We're very pleased to welcome these physicians to our Family Medicine Residency," said CVPH Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kent Hall. "These four physicians are bright and enthusiastic, and they'll be a great addition to our program and this community. 

"While they are here, they'll train with a great group of physicians and will have an outstanding residency experience."


Grasic completed medical school at Medicinski Fakultet, Sveucilišta u Zagrebu, a Croatian medical school affiliated with the University of Zagreb.

Both Kriger and Macaulay attended St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada.

And Wren graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. 

They comprise the second class to participate in the three-year program, which was developed in an effort to improve access to primary care in the area. 

Their training, which is required to obtain a medical license and board certification, will include rotations in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, surgery, orthopedics, geriatrics and community medicine. 

Additionally, the new doctors will see patients at the Family Medicine Center on Margaret Street. 

"They begin training in July but will be in town a few weeks before to secure housing and complete some orientation," said CVPH Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist Chris Blake.


The hospital and incoming residents learned they would be working together on Match Day, which, this year, happened to coincide with St. Patrick's Day. 

"Match Day is a culmination of a lengthy process that traditionally begins during a medical student’s final year of medical school," CVPH explained in a media release. "Applications to residency programs are submitted and interviews take place from October to February. 

"Students submit their rank order list (preferences) to a centralized matching service, the National Resident Matching Program. Simultaneously, residency programs submit a list of their preferred applicants in rank order to the same service. 

"Both lists are combined and analyzed by NRMP computer software, which then creates matches of residents to programs. Those matches are announced nationwide on Match Day."


The hospital's Family Medicine Residency received 2,100 applications and interviewed 89 candidates before this round of matches was made. 

The incoming residents will join the program's inaugural class, Dr. Ashley Bernotas, Dr. Aaron Esterson, Dr. Therese Ray and Dr. Stephen Winfield, who have nearly completed their first year of training. 

Beginning in 2018, the program will expand its class size from four to six, thanks to a matching grant from the State Department of Health. 

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Ashleigh Livingston reports education and health news. She is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, where she also serves as an adjunct lecturer.

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