Welcome!

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

We are a three year ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) Accreditation.

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 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, Continuity
Michael Iannetti, M.D. – Internal Medicine
Roselyne Knopf, M.D. – Internal Medicine
Neeharika Muddana, M.D. – Internal Medicine
Abiy Kelil, M.D. – Pulmonary/Critical Care
Brian Hornsby, D.O. – Internal Medicine
Showri Karnam, M.D. – Cardiology
Frank Schwartz, M.D. – Endocrinology
David Gnegy, M.D. – Cardiology
Seyoum Bage, M.D.- Infectious Disease

Program Benefits

Annual Salary:
PGY-1   –  $54,278
PGY-2   –  $56,292
PGY-3   –   $58,109

Personal/ Educational Benefits/ Extra Benefits

  • White coats: Two monogrammed white coats are provided in the first year and one coat in each year after.
  • Sick Leave and vacation: Residents accumulate sick leave at a rate of 11.25 hours per month. Vacation is accrued by 15 hours per month. The amount of time that can be used is at the discretion of the program.
  • Meals: The Hospital provides for the residents during assigned work hours at no charge
  • Parking: Reserved for residents at no charge.
  • Living Quarters: The hospital provides a lounge for residents to relax when time permits. The lounge is furnished and equipped with lockers, a television, phones, computers, refrigerator, microwave and a coffee machine. For the on-call or fatigued residents, sleep rooms with restroom/showering facilities are provided in a private area. Each sleep room is equipped with a computer and a telephone. For rotations at WVU in Morgantown, housing is offered but reservations must be requested well in advance.
  • The amount of a resident’s stipend toward educational purchase is $1500 per academic year. Purchases must be preapproved by the programs director.
  • Health Insurance: Residents are eligible to enroll in the State employee’s health or State managed health care options through our Human Resources/Employee Benefits (304-293-4103). Health insurance will become effective the first day of the month (e.g. July 1st for a June hire, January 1st for a December hire, etc.) after your date of going on payroll. Your elections will remain in effect through December 31st unless you experience a qualified Change in Status. Disability Insurance: The opportunity to participate in a group long-term disability coverage is available through TIAA/CREF by contacting the WVU Human Resources / Benefits Office (293-4103).

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 – 10:00AM: Morning rounds presented by a student or intern
  • 10:00 – 12:00 PM: Morning rounds with senior residents and attending physicians
  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch time conference/lecture, MKSAP Questions
  • 1:30 – 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:

Noon Conference:

Comprehensive review of Internal Medicine 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
  • 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 Yale Office-Based Medicine, Journal Articles Review, MKSAP, New England Journal of Medicine, and Jeopardy Sessions
  • Field Trip – Every other month, off-campus

     Attendance mandatory

Grand Rounds/Clinical Pathology Conference Series

  • Varied medical/surgical topics. This series also includes monthly scholarly presentations by PGY2 internal medicine residents.

Attendance mandatory

Journal Club, Landmark Trial

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Technology Discussion

Ethics Lecture Series

Attendance mandatory

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
  • Elective

Post-graduate Year-2

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

Post-graduate Year-3

  • Night float – 1 block
  • 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
  • Gastroenterology
  • General internal medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology
  • Women’s Health
  • Pulmonology
  • Research
  • Urology
  • Rheumatology

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 ERAS.

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

Please refer to WVU Graduate Medical Education for information on benefits, policies and contracts.

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

  1. The Blennerhassett Hotel:  .0.2 miles / 320 Market St, Parkersburg, WV 26101 / (304) 422-3131
  2. TownePlace Suites by Marriott: .0.2 miles / 415 7th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 / (304) 485-4485
  3. Hampton Inn & Suites: 4 miles / 920 Emerson Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 / (304) 428-0555
  4. Comfort Inn and Suites: 4 miles / 401 37th St, Parkersburg, WV 26101 / (304) 424-5300
  5. Holiday Inn Express & Suites / 7 miles / 10057 Emerson Ave Parkersburg, WV 26101 / (304) 916-7380

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 tammy.mayhew@wvumedicine.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many residents does Camden Clark Internal Medicine Residency program accept each year?
A: 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, paracentesis 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 $54,278. 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 opportunities 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

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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: Jennifer.Leavitt@wvumedicine.org

Associate Program Director and Internal Medicine Clinic Director
Michael Cheshire, D.O.
800 Garfield Ave
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: Tammy.Mayhew@wvumedicine.org