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Lakeland Medical Residents Graduate
Jun 29, 2015 Share

Photo Information: From left to right: Jessica Hamill, DO; Kristen Murphy, DO (back row); John Netten, DO; Elizabeth Schmidt, DO; Kendall Christensen, DO (back row); Courtney Chilton, DO; Asam Khan, DO (back row); Ashley Lepak, DO; Adam Mitchell, DO (back row); Kamil Krukowski, DO; Brian Taylor, DO (back row); Christopher Wills, DO; Steven Culley, DO (back row); James Yousif, DO

(ST. JOSEPH) – On Sunday, June 21, Lakeland Health graduated a new class of 14 medical residents through a partnership with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The graduation ceremony took place at the Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph and was attended by the medical residents, their friends and family members, and Lakeland Health team members.

“We are very happy to have trained these individuals, and it is our hope that they will continue to inspire and lead their future medical communities as they begin their careers as board-eligible attending physicians,” said Michelino Mancini, DO, Director of Medical Education, Lakeland Health.

As a teaching hospital, Lakeland offers osteopathic residency programs in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and dermatology, along with a geriatric fellowship. This year marks the first class of graduating residents in family medicine, emergency medicine, and dermatology, and the second class of graduating internal medicine residents. All of the graduates successfully completed the requirements to graduate from Lakeland Health, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the American Osteopathic Association.

“Lakeland is honored to play a critical role in shaping our future doctors,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, President and CEO, Lakeland Health. “As this program continues to grow, patients can expect the best talent, knowledge, and medical techniques from our enhanced physician team.”

Over the past four years, the community has welcomed 79 new resident doctors, who are in various stages of completing their residencies at Lakeland. Between this year’s class of 14 graduates and last year’s class of four graduates, nine of these physicians have chosen to continue to practice medicine in southwest Michigan after completing their residencies.

“Having grown up in a small town, I really enjoy the small-town feel of Niles, as well as the beaches in St. Joseph,” said Adam Mitchell, DO, a 2015 graduate who is seeing patients at Lakeland Family Medicine, Niles. “My wife (Katherine Skurski, DO) is also a family physician, and we got married in St. Joseph two years ago. It was a great way to start our life up here.”

2015 Graduates

Dermatology
James Yousif, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Bachelor of Science, Biology, Wayne State University

Emergency Medicine
Steven Culley, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Midwestern University
• Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Sciences, Arizona State University

Jessica Hamill, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology, Northern Michigan University

John Netten, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
• Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Music, Luther College

Brian Taylor, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University
• Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, Brigham Young University

Family Medicine
Kendall Christensen, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
• Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Idaho State University

Kamil Krukowski, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
• Bachelor of Science, Biology, Loyola University

Ashley Lepak, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, A. T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Wisconsin, Platteville

Adam Mitchell, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
• Bachelor of Science, Biology and Chemistry, University of Alabama

Internal Medicine
Asam Khan, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
• Bachelor of Science, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Kristen Murphy, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Master of Public Health, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Pre-Med Courses, University of Pennsylvania

Courtney Chilton, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
• Bachelor of Science, Biology, East Tennessee State University

Elizabeth Schmidt, DO
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
• Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of South Carolina

Christopher Wills
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
• Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Wisconsin, Parkside
• Armed Services: Field Medical School and Naval Hospital Corps School

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