Internal Medicine Residency Program

Eligible applicants must be graduates of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), or have graduated from an international medical school listed by the World Health Organization published in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

This program does not accept applications from candidates who have graduated from medical school more than 24 months prior to the anticipated PGY-1 start date UNLESS they have been in a training program or in active practice within that time period.


program description

The residency training program in Internal Medicine is thirty-six (36) months in duration. This program will train seven (7) internal medicine residents enrolled in the program during each training year for a total of twenty-one (21) residents. This program is structured to provide a resident with advanced and concentrated training in internal medicine and to prepare him/her for examination leading to board certification in this discipline. Although all internal medicine physicians share a core of information, the dimensions of knowledge and skill vary with the individual physician. Patient needs differ in various geographic areas, and the content of the internist’s practice varies accordingly.

Internal Medicine Residency Program Core Faculty


Third Year Internal Medicine Residents

Brian Chaffin, DO

Brian Chaffin, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville

Steven Edds, DO

Steven Edds, D.O.

  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Zach Fields, DO

Zach Fields, D.O.

  • Marian University

Patrick Jones, DO

Patrick Jones, D.O.

  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus

Emmanuel Okenye, DO

Emmanuel Okenye, D.O.

  • Lincoln Memorial University

Brian Robertson, DO

Brian Robertson, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville

Second Year Internal Medicine Residents

Edin Alihodzic, DO

Edin Alihodzic, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville

Blake Houser, DO

Blake Houser, D.O.

  • Lincoln Memorial University

Adam Jordan, DO

Adam Jordan, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville

Matthew McCurdy, DO

Matthew McCurdy, D.O.

  • Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Simon Meredith, DO

Simon Meredith, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville

Jacob Moore, DO

Jacob Moore, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville

Stacy Schuldt, DO

Stacy Schuldt, D.O.

  • A.T. Still University

First Year Internal Medicine Residents

Izabela Antic, DO

Izabela Antic, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville – KY College of Osteopathic Medicine

    PGY1
Syed Haider, MD

Syed J. Haider, M.D.

  • Khyber Medical College; Pakistan

Laiken Hayes, MD Internal Medicine Resident

Laiken Hayes, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville – KY College of Osteopathic Medicine

Erin Hopkins, DO

Erin E. Hopkins, D.O.

  • Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Mary Maegan Leslie, DO

Mary Maegan Leslie, D.O.

  • Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

    PGY1
Lauren Sparks, MD Internal Medicine Resident

Lauren Sparks, D.O.

  • University of Pikeville – KY College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hassnain Syed, MD

Hassnain R. Syed, M.D.

  • Ross University School of Medicine; Dominica


Program Curriculum

Post-Graduate Year 1

  • 5 months of General Internal Medicine
  • 1 month of Cardiology
  • 1 month of Emergency Medicine
  • 1 month on Night Float
  • 1 month of Critical Care
  • ½ month of Radiology
  • ½ month of Anesthesiology
  • 2 months of Electives
  • All residents attend a half-day continuity clinic every week

Post-Graduate Years 2 and 3

  • 9 months of General Internal Medicine
  • 1 month of Pulmonology
  • 1 month of Endrocrinology
  • 1 month on Gastroenterology
  • 1 month of Hematology/Oncology
  • 1 month of Infectious Disease
  • 1 month of Nephrology
  • 1 month of Rheumatology
  • 1 month of Neurology
  • 2 months of Critical Care
  • 2 months of Night Float
  • 3 months of Electives
  • All residents attend a half-day continuity clinic every week

Electives

Acceptable electives are as follows:

  • Any Internal Medicine Subspecialty
  • Additional General Internal Medicine/Critical Care/Night Float
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Any non-medical ambulatory surgical specialty, such as: non-operative orthopedic surgery, non-operative otolaryngology, sleep medicine, or allergy

requirements

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Eligible applicants must be graduates of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), or have graduated from an international medical school listed by the World Health Organization published in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

This program does not accept applications from candidates who have graduated from medical school more than 24 months prior to the anticipated PGY-1 start date UNLESS they have been in a training program or in active practice within that time period.

USMLE/COMLEX EXAMINATIONS

Applicants must have passed USMLE Steps 1 and 2 (CK and CS) or the COMLEX equivalent PRIOR to being invited for an interview. 

MEDICAL LICENSURE

Applicants must be eligible to obtain a Kentucky medical training license. 


Non-Discrimination

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Internal Medicine Residency Program will not discriminate against any individual based upon race, color, race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed service, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, social or economic status, or whether the person is a smoker or nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with University and affiliated hospital policy concerning smoking.


Preferred qualifications

This program selects from eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and other personal qualities.

The program’s preferred qualifications include:

  • USMLE scores of 215 and above on each step or COMLEX scores of 450 and above on each step
  • No failures on any step of the USMLE or COMLEX

Application and Matching Services

The Internal Medicine Residency Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). All applications are processed through ERAS®. All other applications will not be accepted.

Applications Must Include the Following:

  • The common ERAS® application form;
  • USMLE scores (or COMLEX equivalent – Steps 1, 2 (CK and CS) required for all applicants;
  • ECFMG report and certificate for international medical graduates including US applicants attending medical schools outside the US;
  • Official medical school transcript;
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE);
  • Three letters of professional reference; and
  • Personal statement.

The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for both US and international medical graduates. 


INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES

This program does not accept applications from candidates who have graduated from medical school more than 24 months prior to the anticipated PGY-1 start date UNLESS they have been in a training program or in active practice within that time period.

Eligible international medical graduates must have a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) at the time of application. In order to achieve ECFMG certification, international medical graduates must submit their credentials to the ECFMG and pass competency tests. International medical graduates must obtain their ERAS® Application Kits from the ECFMG, which will issue them only to qualified applicants.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Internal Medicine Residency Program accepts applications from foreign nationals who are holders of a Green Card (permanent resident) and individuals who are prepared to have a J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG. This program does not support H-1 visas.

Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements will not be considered. 


Interview process

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email. Interviews will be scheduled between October 1 and December 31. If you are extended an invitation for an interview, we encourage you to contact our offices as soon as possible. Interviews are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please note there is a limited number of applicant positions that can be accommodated on any given interview day.

Interviewees will meet with the program director, program coordinator, select faculty, tour our facilities, and have lunch with current medical students and trainees located at The Medical Center at Bowling Green.