Careers
Residents Program

Welcome!

Welcome to Camden-Clark Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. Affiliated with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, residents in our program spend time encountering a diverse patient population.

We are a three year, American Osteopathic Association fully-accredited program and have received accreditation status for ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education).

The primary goal of our residency program is to train compassionate, dedicated, and well-skilled general internists of the future. The overall atmosphere here at the Camden-Clark Medical Center breeds camaraderie, learning, and dedication toward each other and the art of Internal Medicine which has been enhanced with our newly-established affiliation with WVU.

The Internal Medicine Residency program is designed to teach and train residents to enter into the field of Internal Medicine, preparing them for board certification and to provide them with knowledge they will need to both care for patients in the primary care office arena and also in the environs of the hospital.

At Camden-Clark Medical Center, we are committed to providing a dynamic, engaging education offering exposure to a wide array of clinical and research opportunities in Internal Medicine and its sub-specialties for our trainees. The atmosphere of our educational program, coupled with energetic, committed faculty, facilitates our house staffs’ abilities to achieve their potential as practitioners of Internal Medicine.

About the Program

Welcome to Camden Clark Medical Center’s Internal Medicine program. As program director, I invite you to take a few minutes to browse this website.

Camden Clark has a rich history of community. The hospital has been serving the Parkersburg, WV area since 1898. As a community hospital, the vision of “Stronger and Healthier” extends to us in the Internal Medicine program. We strive to take the best care of our patients, our colleagues and our community. Come and share in this very growing environment as we continue to learn the art of internal medicine. Our team is made of highly dedicated and talented residents, faculty and staff. This website is designed to highlight some of the unique features of our program and to help you understand what it might be like to be a resident here.

Why should you choose Camden Clark Medical Center for your internal medicine residency? I believe it is important to choose a residency that meets your core values – why you entered a career in medicine in the first place. We truly enjoy what we do here at Camden Clark. There is a spirit of learning and teaching in our hospital. I personally love to learn and have fun both learning and teaching. There is a good balance of supervision with autonomy – of great expectation and freedom to grow and learn.

I also believe our program is a unique hybrid of academic and community-based teaching experiences; we strive for excellence in Medical Education. We emphasize a resident’s personal motivation and work ethic. Our program features one-on-one faculty mentorship wherein dedicated professionals are molded into outstanding physicans. Our graduates are trained to be successful in obtaining fellowships, academic appointments and careers in private practice.

So come and explore. Ask us questions. Leave us comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Meet the Staff

Our staff takes great pride in maintaining an educational environment conducive to life-long learning. Attending physicians work closely with residents in a supportive role to foster independent quality medical decision making. This approach enables personal growth side by side with educational experiances that results in mutual respect between residents and attending physicians.

Core Faculty:

Jennifer Leavitt, D.O. – Internal Medicine, Program Director

Michael Cheshire, D.O. – Internal Medicine, Associate Program Director,Outpatient Clinic Director
Abiy Kelil, M.D. – Pulmonary/Critical Care
Roselyne Knopf, M.D. – Internal Medicine
Smita Mathur, D.O. – Internal Medicine
Showri Karnam, M.D. – Cardiology
Annette Hamilton, M.D. – Internal Medicine/Hospitalist Director
Frank Schwartz, M.D. – Endocrinology
David Gnegy, M.D. – Cardiology
Seyoum Bage, M.D.- Infectious Disease
Derek Bryant, D.O. – Assistant Hospitalist Director
Abdul Qureshi, M.D. – Internal Medicine
Krzysztof Sobieraj, M.D. – Internal Medicine

Program Benefits

Annual Salary:
PGY-1   –  $54,062
PGY-2   –  $56,068
PGY-3   –   $57,878

Personal/ Educational Benefits/ Extra Benefits

  • Vacation Time:
    • PGY-1: 17 days of paid time off
    • PGY-2: 20 days of paid time off
    • PGY-3: 20 days of paid time off
  • Holidays: 6 paid holidays are observed each year
  • Meals: Meals are provided by the Medical Education department to residents during assigned work hours.
  • Lab coats: One monogrammed lab coat is provided to the resident at no cost.
  • Parking: Hospital parking privileges are provided in a well lit, secure lot free of charge.
  • Living Quarters: Living quarters are furnished by the hospital when the resident is scheduled for overnight duty. The resident lounge is equipped with computers, television and space to relax. Each sleep room is equipped with a television and computer.
  • Educational Conferences: attendance to a national conference or a board review series is required in the residents second or third year.
  • CME allowance:
    • PGY-1: $1,000
    • PGY-2: $1,500
    • PGY-3: $1,500

Insurance:

  • Health and Dental Insurance:
    House Staff receive comprehensive health and dental insurance with a variety of options; single coverage and family coverage options provided. Insurance coverage is provided to the House Staff under the same options, rates, terms and conditions available to all other Hospital exempt employees.
  • Disability and Life Insurance:
    The Hospital will provide long and short term disability and life insurance to House Staff under the same options, rates, terms and conditions available to all other Hospital exempt employees.
  • Professional Liability:
    House Staff are covered by the State of West Virginia, by virtue of WVSOM,
    agrees to provide professional malpractice insurance professional malpractice insurance while performing duties within their scope of medical education program.
  • Workers Comp:
    Worker’s Compensation Insurance is provided to the House Staff, consistent with the Hospital’s benefits program.

The Hospital

Camden-Clark Medical Center (CCMC), located in Parkersburg, West Virginia is a full service, freestanding community hospital providing primary, secondary and selective tertiary services including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an array of specialties.

CCMC serves 10 counties located along the Ohio River and Mid-Ohio Valley of West Virginia and Southeast Ohio, and over the past decade has helped to build the Mid-Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance, a respected regional health network.

CCMC is the 3rd largest hospital in the state by patient volume, which has grown significantly over the years, resulting in the addition of a 174,000 square foot South Tower. Key components of the new addition include a new 18 bed critical care unit, 18 bed step down unit, 11 operating rooms, a post anesthesia recovery unit, 5 minor/endoscopy rooms, and a same day processing/preadmission testing center.

The combination of our interest and commitment to teaching, along with the location, lifestyle and patient volume, make Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital an optimal place to live and complete your resident training. Parkersburg is family oriented, with abundant recreational opportunities. Its school system is among the best in the state and it is located within easy driving distance of Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, PA and Charleston, WV.

Camden-Clark is the 3rd largest hospital in West Virginia behind the CAMC and WVU campuses. We have a total of 598 licensed beds  with approximately 17,500 total inpatient admissions.

Camden-Clark Medical Center is a modern, full-service facility. To benefit our patients and to accommodate the efforts of our highly-skilled medical and supportive staff, our medical campus is fully equipped to provide excellent care.

Facilities at the Memorial Campus:

  • Total Beds: 327
  • Licensed beds: 327
  • Operational Beds: 302
  • Occupancy: 42%
  • Admissions: See Below
  • Level III Trauma Center: 27 beds, 3 minor-care beds
  • Critical Care Unit: 18 beds
  • Advanced Care: 18 beds
  • Telemetry Unit: 44 beds
  • Behaviorial Health Unit
  • Community Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Rehabilitation Center
  • Ambulatory Infusion Center
  • Diabetes Wellness Center

 

Some statistics from Camden-Clark include:

  • Total Admissions – 13,645
  • Total Births – 1,483
  • Total Admissions minus Births – 12,162
  • Total Emergency Visits – 53,992
  • Total Outpatients – 7,534
  • Total Inpatient admissions- 4,101

Continuity Clinic

Our continuity clinic is an opportunity for residents work in the outpatient setting.

Each resident has one half day of clinic each week during which time they will see patients from the community as well as follow up appointments from recent hospital stays.

A Day in the Life

A typical day as an Internal Medicine Resident:

  • 6:30 – 7:00 AM: Morning sign-out from night team to day team
  • 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.: Morning report presented by a student or intern
  • 8:00 – 10:00 AM: Morning rounds on individual patients
  • 10:00 – 12:00 PM: Morning rounds with senior residents and attending physicians
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch time conference/lecture, when scheduled
  • 1:00 – 5:00 PM: Finish rounding on patients, new admissions from Emergency Room/transfers
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM: One intern and one senior resident on medicine stay in house until the night float team arrives
  • 6:30 PM – 7:00 AM: Night float team is in-house to answer pages, phone calls, and to admit patients from the emergency room and sign out with day team.

Conferences:

Morning Report
Interactive, multimedia case-based presentations given by PGY 1, 2, & 3 residents as well as 3rd and 4th year medical students.

The chief resident/ attending physician moderates this conference series, which places emphasis on physical exam and diagnostic skills, differential diagnosis and use of evidence-based medicine to generate management plans. There are also specialized formats for CXR and EKG interpretation.

Attendance mandatory

Noon Conference
Comprehensive review of Internal Medicine Core Curriculum.

This series has various formats and is typically moderated by an attending faculty member:

  • A dynamic, audience participation style Board Review Series utilizing MKSAP questions and Yale journal article review
  • Interactive lectures given by select faculty members on areas of interest/expertise
  • Thursday Evidence Based Medicine Series
  • ACP Resident Board Prep Course

Attendance mandatory

Didactic/ learning series:

  • A dynamic, audience participation style Board Review Series utilizing MKSAP questions and Yale journal article review
  • EKG/ABG/VBG/PFT/CXR review series on Friday mornings

Attendance mandatory

Grand Rounds/Clinical Pathology Conference Series
Varied medical/surgical topics.

This series also includes monthly scholarly presentations by PGY -2  Internal Medicine Residents

Journal Club

Morbidity and Mortality conference

EKG lecture series

Curriculum

A Sample Curriculum:

Post-graduate Year-1

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pulmonology
  • Anesthesia (2 weeks)
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Continuity Clinic – 1/2 day per week
  • Infectious Disease
  • Proceduralist (2 weeks)
  • Women’s Health (2 weeks)
  • Cardiology
  • General Internal Medicine
  •  Night float – 2 blocks for 1st year and 1 block each year 2 and 3
  • Elective

Post-graduate Year-2

  • General Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Intensive Care Unit
  •  Night float – 2 blocks for 1st year and 1 block each year 2 and 3
  • Infectious Disease
  • Continuity Clinic – 1/2 day per week
  • Rheumatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Nephrology
  • Elective

Post-graduate Year-3

  •  Night float – 2 blocks for 1st year and 1 block each year 2 and 3
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Primary Care
  • Continuity Clinic – ½ day per week
  • Neurology
  • Elective
  • Gastroenterology
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Electives:

  • Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology/Rheumatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General internal medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology
  • Women’s Health
  • Pulmonology
  • Research
  • Urology

The Area

Our Community:

Parkersburg, West Virginia is perfectly situated in the mid-Ohio Valley region, with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio and, of course, Charleston, West Virginia just a scenic drive away. You’ll be close enough to the big cities for a day-trip, and close enough to get back home before homesickness sets in.

Camden-Clark serves a population of nearly 140,000, making it one of the busiest hospitals in the region.

Parkersburg is family-oriented with a sense of community that is unlike anywhere else. Residents of the mid-Ohio Valley participate in charitable organizations at a higher rate than anywhere in the country, and the school system is the finest in the state. Everyone who lives here knows the secret; there just isn’t a better place to raise a family! The cost of living in the mid-Ohio-Valley is significantly lower than in other major markets, which is sure to position you to achieve other goals.

Activities:

For recreation, West Virginia’s place as one of the top adventure destinations in the country can’t be beat. The state boasts world-class whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking – you name it. Some of the best mountain biking in the east can be found right in our backyard at Mountwood Park.

If you’re looking for a slower pace for your family, the North Bend Rail Trail starts in Parkersburg and covers 70 uninterrupted miles. More traditional activities are also quite popular. Locally, golf is king, but there are too many other activities to mention them all.

Local Points of Interest:

  • Blennerhassett Island State Park: Restored revolutionary-era mansion and European-style estate, accessible by a ride on a traditional sternwheeler.
  • Campus Martius Museum: Artifacts and stores from the first settlement in the Northwest Territory. This Marietta, Ohio, museum also houses one of the earliest homesites in the area.
  • Hotel Blennerhassett: Restored Victorian era hotel & restaurant. Centerpiece of Parkersburg’s downtown district with authentic guest rooms as well as gourmet cuisine. Host to conventions and special celebrations year-round.
  • Julia-Ann Square Historic District: Homes restored to turn-of-the century grandeur.
  • Mountwood Park: Lake, mountain bike & hiking trails, picnic areas and more. Host to annual mountain bike races & triathlon and nationally rated as a mountain biking destination
  • North Bend State Park/Rail Trail: 72-mile hiking/biking/horseback trail connecting historic towns and cities important in the region’s development as a center of the oil and gas industry. This park is also home to a 300-acre lake, camping, cabins, lodge, restaurant & nature trails open to both hiking and mountain biking.
  • Parkersburg Art Center: Traveling and permanent exhibits, educational programs, and community events.
  • Parkersburg City Park: Fishing pond, mini-golf, picnic areas, walking trails, swimming pool and host to annual Multi-Cultural Festival, holiday celebrations, fairs & festivals, and other community events.
  • Historic Smoot Theatre: National touring shows and locally produced performances in a restored Vaudeville-era theatre.
  • Grand Central Mall: home to more than 70 stores including electronics, jewelry, housewares and more.

Here are some links that you might find helpful:
http://newsandsentinel.com/ (local news)
http://www.wvexplorer.com/ (Guide to West Virginia)

Interview Information

All interviews with the Camden Clark Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program are by invitation only. All scheduled interviews will be confirmed with applicants via email from the Program Coordinator, Tammy Mayhew

Candidates selected for interviews will have an opportunity to meet with faculty and residents while here.

Recommended Hotel Information (Get the CCMC corporate rate!!):

  1. Comfort Inn and Suites: 401 37th St, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (304) 424-5300
  2. The Blennerhassett Hotel: 320 Market St, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (304) 422-3131

Where to Eat while in town:

Parkersburg offers a wide variety of restaurants from Outback steakhouse, Olive garden and the like, however some of the local favorites are as follows:

  1. Lui Lui – $$$
  2. Columbos Italian Restaurant – $$$
  3. Parkersburg Brewing Company – $$
  4. Fusion Japanese Steakhouse – $$$$
  5. Ruby’s Italian – $$
  6. Mango’s Latin Bistro – $$
  7. Cham’s Lebanese – $$
  8. CJ’s Italian Restaurant – $$$

Medical Students

The department of Internal Medicine at Camden Clark Medical Center offers clinical rotations to third and fourth year medical students. A meal stipend is provided. For information regarding eligibility and availability, please e-mail Tammy Mayhew at trmayhew@ccmh.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many residents does Camden Clark Internal Medicine Residency program accept each year?
A: We 6 PGY-1 residents each year.

Q: What are your residents like?
A: Our residents come from a variety of backgrounds and from all over the country. Some are married, some are single. Many have children. Residents frequently get together in their off hours to socialize and go out.

Q: What is the education background of your “average” resident?
A: Most of our residents have advanced degrees in the sciences, public health, research, or law. All of them excel clinically and academically.

Q: What is the emphasis of the Internal Medicine Residency Program?
A: We are committed to training outstanding physicians, preparing them for careers in general internal medicine and subspecialties of their choice. We place emphasis on a resident’s attitude, knowledge base and work ethic. Bright, motivated professionals who are willing to work, learn and ask questions will succeed in our program.

Q: Are there opportunities to perform procedures?
A: Camden Clark’s Internal Medicine Program offers ample opportunities to learn and perform invasive procedures. Such procedures performed include central lines, intubations, arterial catheters, bronchoscopies, thoracenteses, paracenteses upon graduation.

Q: Do residents have research opportunities?
A: Yes, we pride ourselves on identifying early in a resident’s career opportunities for research.

Q: Are meals provided to the residents?
A: Complimentary meals are provided to all house staff while on duty in the hospital.

Q: Does Camden Clark have a night float system?
A: Yes, the night float system is in effect Sunday through Friday night. Night float residents are responsible for admissions to the teaching service between 7pm and 7am.

Q: By what criteria are house staff selected?
A: We look for applicants who are well-rounded, value professionalism and teamwork and possess a strong academic record.

Q: What is the current salary?
A: The current PGY-1 salary is $54,062.. The salary increases each year thereafter.

Q: How many people make up a medicine team?
A: Currently there is one attending, a senior resident and an PGY-1, as well as a third or fourth year medical student.

Q: Do you offer electives for fourth year medical students?
A: Yes, electives for senior medical students are organized through the program contact Tammy Mayhew.

Q: Are there any fellowship oppurtunities at Camden Clark?
A: No, there are not any fellowships; however, the majority of graduates who have applied for fellowships have been successful.

Contact Us

Camden-Clark Medical Center
http://www.wvumedicine.org
800 Garfield Avenue
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Main: 304-424-2111
Program Office: 304-424-2777

Program Director and Director of Osteopathic Medical Education
Jennifer Leavitt, D.O. , F.A.C.O.I.
800 Garfield Ave.
Parkersburg, WV 26101-5340
phone (304) 424-2777
Fax (304) 424-2056
Email: jlleavitt@ccmh.org

Associate Program Director and Internal Medicine Clinic Director
Michael Cheshire, D.O.
600 18 th Street, Suite 606
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone (304) 424-4575

Staff Coordinator/ Program Contact
Tammy Mayhew
800 Garfield Ave.
Parkersburg, WV 26101-5340
phone (304) 424-2777
Fax (304) 424-2056
Email: trmayhew@ccmh.org