Mariam Antonios, D.O.
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Medical School: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Statement: Going into medical school, I never would have thought that I would go into Ob/Gyn. After my third year clerkship however, I knew this was the perfect field for me. I love the mix of medicine and surgery as well as the patient population. It is very special and rewarding to be caring for women during some of the most pivotal moments of their lives. I strive to be both a competent and compassionate physician – someone who my patients can trust.
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: One of the most important things to me was the atmosphere of the hospital where I would work. From the moment I went on the interview dinner, I loved the interaction between the residents. The faculty are also knowledgeable, caring, and approachable. Baltimore is a great place to be - there are a lot of fun things to see and do when you’re not working!
Miriam Bernstein, M.D.
Birthplace: New Hartford, New York
Undergraduate: Utica College of Syracuse University
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
Personal Statement: Obstetrics and gynecology is such a diverse field and truly impacts women and their families throughout various aspects of life. There are deliveries, surgeries, emergencies, minor procedures and clinic visits. No other aspect of medicine, in my opinion, encompasses so many different modalities into one specialty. I love the human aspect of it as well, compassion, delicacy and skill have to form a perfect marriage to be a well-rounded physician in this field.
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: I never would have imagined a more perfect place for myself to grow both professionally and personally. There is a diverse patient population with a wide variety of pathology, as well as a supportive environment created by my fellow residents, nursing and ancillary staff, residency faculty and the private attendings.
Alyssa Burgamy, M.D.
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland<
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Personal Statement: Obstetrics and Gynecology combines all of the fundamentals of medicine. I was drawn to the combination of primary care and surgical roles that work together to promote the overall well being of women and their unborn children. The ability to reach both long and short-term wellness goals and promote both disease prevention and treatment highlights what I have found to be the utmost importance of physicians in this field.
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: I completed a Sub-I in Ob/Gyn at MedStar Franklin Square as a 4th year medical student and knew immediately it was where I wanted to pursue my residency training. The diversity of pathology and patient population, as well as the large patient volume provides an excellent learning environment. The faculty is committed to education and challenges us to learn, while constantly supporting and encouraging us. There is a strong sense of family among all of the residents and I feel extremely lucky to be a part of it! In addition, training at MedStar Franklin Square has also enabled me to stay close to family and friends and enjoy some of my Baltimore hometown favorites – the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles!
Jennifer Gattuso, D.O.
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Towson University<
Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Statement: I decided to go into Ob/Gyn following my clinical obstetric rotations in medical school. I enjoy the fact that with Ob/Gyn not only do we get to see and treat patients in the clinical setting, but that we also have the skills to treat patients surgically. This is a unique aspect of the field, in that it provides daily variety and new challenges.
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: I decided to do Ob/Gyn residency at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center for a variety of reasons. Those reasons include: the large number of faculty that are dedicated to our education and offer a wealth of knowledge; the fellow residents that are supportive of one another and enthusiastic about obstetrics and gynecology; and the diversity seen in the patient population in Baltimore, which will continuously present new challenges and broaden my clinical experience.
Kelli Gevas, M.D
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio
Undergraduate: Wright State University
Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
Personal Statement: Working and caring for people is where I derive the most happiness and satisfaction. It is that enjoyment and commitment to people that drove me to attend medical school. This is also one of the reasons Obstetrics and Gynecology is so pleasurable for me, being able to care for and interact with different women everyday and making a difference in their lives. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity!
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: I knew MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center would be a great place for residency as soon as I interviewed here. I especially appreciate the supportive and caring residents and faculty who challenge me to practice medicine with excellence. The academically stimulating environment challenges me to learn something new every day and I am so thankful to have this opportunity to learn from such a great group of physicians.
Kathryn Gottschalk, D.O.
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Undergraduate: John Carroll University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA
Personal Statement: I have always known I wanted to practice medicine but did not find my niche until I did my obstetrics rotation in medical school. The blend of surgery with primary care perfectly balances my love of procedures with a desire to really know my patients. The quick pace and ever expanding research ensures there is never a dull moment and always more to learn.
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: The people at MedStar Franklin Square believe in a collaborative approach to medicine so every day I learn from not only the attending, who go out of their way to teach, but also the nurses, staff and other residents.
Jessica Juhaish, M.D.
Birthplace: Mooresville, North Carolina
Undergraduate: North Carolina State University
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Personal Statement: I have always been drawn to the medical field, but it was during my clinical rotations as a medical student that I fell in love with Obstetrics and Gynecology. The practice allows physicians to care for their patients through all of life’s stages, providing primary care as well as surgery. The variety of care which Obstetrics and Gynecology offers is what most impressed me and set it apart from other medical fields.
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: The environment at Franklin Square is warm and welcoming – everyone is close and incredibly supportive. The senior residents are always available and continually challenging us to learn more. The size of the program allows us to work closely with our attending physicians providing for opportunities that build trust and therefore more hands on experience.
Maria Munoz, M.D.
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Medical School: St. Matthew’s University
Personal Statement: Ob/Gyn is a unique field which encompasses everything I love about medicine. While in medical school, I knew that I wanted to go into a field that I loved and would see myself working for many years to come. I was drawn to Ob/Gyn when I realized how diverse the field is and the array of options available while in practice. I love that we are exposed to primary care and continuity of care with our patients in the clinic. We are able to form a special rapport and then be part of one of the most important moments in their lives. We are also able to be in the operating room and learn about another aspect of medicine. It truly is a wonderful field to be in and I love every moment of it!
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: When I was looking for a residency program, my main focus was teaching, great team work, and various pathology available in the program. As soon as I walked in the door for my interview, I knew that MedStar Franklin Square would be the place for me. Everyone received me with open arms and during my second look, I even felt as if I was already a part of the team. Since starting residency, everyone in the MedStar team has been focused on our success as residents and future practicing physicians. The team is very supportive, it is a great learning environment, and I am so grateful that I became part of the team. I could not have asked for a better program!
Elissa Nagy, D.O.
Birthplace: New Jersey
Undergraduate: Rutgers University
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Statement: My interest in obstetrics and gynecology developed during my third year rotation. I had previously associated this specialty with labor and delivery, but quickly recognized it encompasses many more dimensions. I find the integrated diversity and the challenge of acting as both a primary care physician and a surgeon extremely appealing. While I realize there will be many times I have to inform a patient of a devastating diagnosis, I will also have the privilege of being a part of a patient’s most joyous and intimate moments. I believe the varied facets inherent in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology will offer me an exciting and fulfilling career.
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: Franklin Square has a family feel. We are team players and support each other. Every day brings a new adventure.
Lauren Ramos, M.D.
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: University of Michigan<
Medical School: Wayne State University
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: As a resident at Franklin Square, I have the opportunity to care for patients of the local Baltimore community and serve the indigent population. The volume of surgical and obstetric patients per resident allow for ample learning opportunities. We also gain additional hands-on simulation training at the MedStar SiTEL simulation center, where we can hone in on our skills and teach junior residents surgical skills. The collegial environment of faculty, staff, residents, and students fosters productivity and education.
Jessica Rhodes, D.O.
Birthplace: Newton, New Jersey<
Undergraduate: High Point University
Medical School: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: During my interview, I immediately noticed how well the residents worked together and interacted. After being at MedStar Franklin Square, I can say that is truly the case. All the residents are approachable and here to help each other learn and grow. The service and private attending are all invested in resident education as well. Between the large patient volume and teaching environment, MedStar Franklin Square is a perfect fit.
Antonio Vetrano, D.O.
Birthplace: Queens, New York
Undergraduate: Drexel University<
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill
Personal statement: After I completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology rotation late in my third year, I experienced the so called “genuine epiphany”. As I walked through the door of the office on my very last day of the rotation, I realized that this specialty was perfect for me. At that point, I knew I wanted to be in a medical surgical specialty as I equally enjoy being in the operating room as I do at the bedside or outpatient clinic. I enjoy working with my hands and having to maintain the dexterity necessary to perform surgical procedures. I also like the fact that my favorite part of the outpatient clinic is the continuity of care while building lifelong meaningful relationships with patients and their loved ones. Establishing these relationships affords me the opportunity to take part of arguably the most incredible and intimate moment in their lives, childbirth.
Why I like MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center: We have a great group of residents and attending who work very well together with the common goals of learning and keeping patients safe.