University of Kentucky (Bowling Green) Internal Medicine Residency Program

Welcome! The University of Kentucky (Bowling Green) Internal Medicine Residency Program at The Medical Center in Bowling Green seeks to train physicians interested in the field of Internal Medicine to have an excellent knowledge base and the clinical skills required to perform in the field of Hospital Medicine, Primary Care, or transition to a medicine subspecialty fellowship.

Program Staff

Sam Hardcastle, MD

Samuel Hardcastle, M.D.

  • Program Director
Suman Shekar, MD

Suman Shekar, M.D., FACP

  • Associate Program Director

Amanda Gyorgy

  • Program Coordinator

program description

The Internal Medicine Residency Program is thirty-six (36) months in duration and accepts seven (7) internal medicine residents for a total of twenty-one (21) residents. This program is structured to provide a resident with advanced training in internal medicine and to prepare him/her for examination leading to board certification. 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.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME – Program ID # 1402000144) and is approved for twenty-one (21) total training positions.

Internal Medicine Residency Program Core Faculty

Third Year Internal Medicine Residents

GME_Blackwell, Cassandra

Cassandra Blackwell, D.O.

  • Lincoln Memorial University

GME_Bower, Stephen

Stephen Bower, D.O.

  • William Carey University College Of Osteopathic Medicine

GME_Glenn, Samantha

Samantha Glenn, D.O.

  • Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

GME_Greene, Sidney

Sidney Greene, D.O.

  • Lincoln Memorial University

GME_Horner, Justin

Justin Horner, D.O.

  • Lincoln Memorial University

GME_Smith, Michael

Michael Smith, D.O.

  • A.T. Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine

GME_Wiggins, William

Will Wiggins, D.O.

  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Second Year Internal Medicine Residents


Yusra Ansari, M.D.

  • Rawalpindi Medical College

Choubdar, Parnia MD

Parnia Choubdar, M.D.

  • University of Cologne

Mohammed, Fawaz MD

Fawaz Mohammed, M.D.

  • Deccan College of Medical Sciences

Mufarrih, Hamza MD

Hamza Mufarrih, M.D.

  • Aga Khan University Medical Center

Qureshi, Nada MD

Nada Qaisar Qureshi, M.D.

  • Aga Khan University Medical College

Spalitto, Dominic DO

Dominic Spalitto, D.O.

  • A.T. Still University of Health Sciences

Zulqarnain, Mohammed MD

Mohammed Zulqarnain, M.D.

  • Srinivas Institute of Medical Science

First Year Internal Medicine Residents

Barnes, Jacob MD

Jacob Barnes, M.D.

  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green

Laswell, Darrin MD

Darrin Laswell, M.D.

  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green

Ruley, Samantha MD

Samantha Ruley, M.D.

  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green

Sanford, Claire MD

Claire Sanford, M.D.

  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green

Sanford, Dylan MD

Dylan Sanford, M.D.

  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green

Stalcup, Patrick MD

Patrick Stalcup, M.D.

  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green

Vaughn, Mallory MD

Mallory Vaughn, M.D.

  • University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green

Recent Graduates

Maggie Ballard, DO

Maggie Ballard, D.O.

Priyanka Bhat, MD

Priyanka Bhat, M.D.


Matthew Blake, D.O.

Gleaves, Evan, DO

Evan Gleaves, D.O.


Syed Naqvi, M.D.


Anup Patel, D.O.


Natasha Rasool, M.D.

Program Curriculum

Post-Graduate Year 1

  • 5 months of General Internal Medicine
  • 1 month of Cardiology
  • 1 month of Emergency Medicine
  • 1 month of Endocrinology
  • 1 month of Critical Care
  • 1 month of Pulmonology
  • 2 months of Electives
  • All residents attend a half-day continuity clinic every week

Post-Graduate Years 2 and 3

  • 7 months of General Internal Medicine
  • 1 month of Cardiology
  • 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
  • 1 month of Geriatric Medicine
  • 1/2 month of Palliative Care
  • 1/2 month of Addiction Medicine
  • 2 months of Critical Care
  • 3 months of Night Float
  • 3 months of Electives
  • All residents attend a half-day continuity clinic every week


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



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.


Applicants must have passed USMLE Steps 1 and 2 or the COMLEX equivalent prior to being invited for an interview. 

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 University of Kentucky (Bowling Green) Internal Medicine Residency Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). All applications are processed through ERAS®. No other applications will be accepted.

Applications Must Include the Following:

  • The common ERAS® application form;
  • USMLE scores (or COMLEX equivalent – Steps 1 and 2 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. 


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 or ERAS scheduler. Interviews will be scheduled between October and December. 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 residents at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. The program will follow the recommendations from The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) whether interviews will be held in person or virtual for the upcoming residency cycle. A virtual meet and greet session with current Internal Medicine residents will be held the night prior to each interview.