Our Family Medical Residency Program

The Memorial Health System has been training dedicated providers, compassionate caregivers, and bright minds for almost 10 years. Each of our residents has enhanced the program and grown it through their dedication to excellence. Our three-year program provides each resident with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill set necessary to deliver top quality, full-spectrum family medicine. The program focuses on developing efficient practice management skills that the resident can utilize in their practice. Residents also receive a unique, hands-on experience in process excellence, that includes LEAN Six Sigma training. Finally, residents will learn our proactive Well-Being policy which cultivates an environment in which residents, can remain resilient and even thrive during the intense training experience of residency.

Our program’s mission statement

Memorial Health System has recognized the value of family medicine and the necessity of having excellent family medicine providers in our community. A family medicine residency program has been established with the primary aim of securing well trained physicians who strive for excellence through a commitment to lifelong learning to serve the community and the southeast Ohio area and Mid-Ohio Valley.

Our Community Commitment

Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals and outpatient service sites, and we work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today while preparing for the health needs of our communities in the future. Our dedicated physicians, nurses, technicians, and support staff work to provide compassionate, patient-centered care with some of the most advanced technology and treatment options available in healthcare today.

A Message from our Program Director

Hello from the banks of the Beautiful Ohio River! We are so pleased that you are considering an application to our growing program. The past few months with Covid have ended up strengthening us, after a few necessary bends of course!

Our practice is growing and there are plenty of patients to see and pathology to learn. We believe that this faculty, staff, and facility have the resources to help you grow into a strong family physician. It is important that you know how to run a practice as well as helping to motivate your patients to change, so we actively teach these things.

We are proud of all we have accomplished and excited for the future. Looking forward to meeting you!

Roxanne Cech, MD

Our Teaching Physicians

Roxanne Cech, MD

Chad Bigony, DO

Caitlyn Santer, DO

Current Residents

Peter Agaba, MBBS


Laura Burkett, MD


Jared Carney, DO


David Picklesimer, MD


Daniele Fuhrich, MD


Nafeeza Hussain, MD


Oscar Silva Cedeno, MD


John Ward, MD


Arash Tirgan, MD


Karina Woodling, MD


Meron Berhe, MD


Shehla Belgam Syed, MD


Curriculum & Rotations

 PGY-1  PGY-2  PGY-3 Other sites of rotation:

*Akron Children's Hospital
Akron, Ohio

**Mountain State Dermatology

***Heartland of Marietta
Marietta, Ohio
 Family Medicine Orientation  Inpatient Medicine  Inpatient
 Inpatient Medicine  Internal Medicine / ICU  Nephrology
 Ophthalmology  Outpatient Pediatrics /
 Newborn Nursery
 Community Medicine
 Outpatient Pediatrics /
 Newborn Nursery
 Orthopedics  HSM
 Emergency Medicine  Obstetrics  Night Float
 Psychiatry  Gynecology  Neurology
 Obstetrics  Emergency Medicine  Urology
 General Surgery  Dermatology**  Pediatric
 Radiology / HSM
 Endocrinology  Geriatrics***
 Sports Medicine  Cardiology  Electives
 Otolaryngology  Night Float  Hematology/Oncology
 Inpatient Pediatrics*  Rheumatology  Night Float
 Wound Care  Gastroenterology  HSM
   Lifestyle Medicine  

Compensation & Benefits

Pay Scale for Residents
PGY-1; $55,452.80
PGY-2; $57,116.80
PGY-3; $58,843.20
Competitive Salary
20 days paid vacation
CME stipend up to $2,000/year
Meal allowance up to $1,200/year
Textbooks required for didactic curriculum
Training certificate expense
Personalized scrubs and white coats
Medical, dental, and vision coverage
Dependent care

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is your program’s mission?

Memorial Health System recognizes the value of excellent family medicine practitioners. As a result, a family medicine residency program was established with the goal of securing well-trained physicians who strive for excellence through a commitment to life-long learning and to serve the Mid-Ohio Valley.

2. Where are you located?

The epicenter of Memorial Health System is Marietta, Ohio—a city in southeast Ohio at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. The Family Practice Center is in the small city of Belpre, Ohio, approximately 15 miles to the west of Marietta. Our scenic location in the foothills of the Appalachians is ideal for serving the rural population—with Marietta being a regional hub for medical care. The closest cities with major medical centers (and airports) are two hours away (Columbus, Ohio and Huntington, West Virginia).

3. What sets the Memorial Health System Family Medicine Residency Program apart from other programs of the same specialty?

Our three-year program provides each resident with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill set necessary to deliver top quality, full-spectrum family medicine. The program focuses on developing efficient practice management skills that the resident can utilize in their practice. Residents also receive a unique, hands-on experience in process excellence, that includes LEAN Six Sigma training. Finally, residents will learn our proactive Well-Being policy which cultivates an environment in which residents, can remain resilient and even thrive during the intense training experience of residency.

4. What benefits do you offer?

In addition to medical and dental coverage which begins on the first day of employment, residents at Memorial Health System are provided with:

Paid vacation (20 days)
A meal stipend ($100 per month)
White coats and scrubs
A CME stipend up to $2,000/year
Textbooks required for didactics

5. What support do interns receive as they adjust to residency?

Residents will spend their first four weeks in orientation at the family medicine practice site. This provides incoming residents with important skills to maximize their success during their internship year. The month is a combination of didactic lectures, certifications including BLS, ACLS, NRP, and PALS, hands-on procedure training, and outpatient medicine. It is designed to cover a wide range of topics including the most common outpatient clinical presentations, preventive medicine, practice management, and inpatient medicine. Residents begin seeing patients, learn about billing and coding, and are introduced to the clinical team that they'll work with for the next three years.

Residents will also be paired with one of our core faculty as a formal advisor. The advisor will meet with the resident periodically to review goals and educational objectives and provide support. We want our residents to be successful, so our team of faculty and program leaders will provide the necessary tools to create greatness.

6. How do residents get involved with the local community?

Residents will receive hands-on experience in various community settings which include the local senior center, county health department, local schools, and the health system’s occupational health clinic. Residents are encouraged to participate in self-directed community projects that could include providing physicals for local students enrolling on athletic teams. In addition, our health system offers ample opportunities for interaction with our community.

7. Is Memorial Health System a non-profit organization?


8. Does the Memorial Health System Family Medicine Residency Program qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program?

Our organization does qualify as a non-profit/tax exempt business, however, receiving approval for loan forgiveness depends on a variety of factors (i.e. having an “income-driven loan”) and not just the employer’s non-profit status. We encourage residents and potential applicants to investigate further to determine if they would qualify by clicking here.

9. Are there moonlighting opportunities?

Moonlighting is permitted for PGY-3 residents in good standing, with an independent medical license and his/her own malpractice coverage. Moonlighting is restricted to one (1) shift per week to minimize interference with patient care and residency performance.

10. How do I apply to your program?

All applicants for a PGY-1 position must apply through ERAS. The application must be submitted before November 1, of the year preceding the beginning date of the program. All applications must have the following:

Dean’s letter
ECFMG certificate and proof of successful completion of the Clinical Skills test, if an international medical school graduate
Official transcript from the medical school
Personal Statement
Three letters of recommendation. Applicants with previous residency experience should include a letter from the residency program director.

11. What are your selection criteria?

We review and confirm eligibility requirements.

To qualify for ranking, applicants must have passed USMLE Step 1, Step 2 and Clinical Skills or COMLEX Level 1, Level 2, and Performance Evaluation before February 1 (which is when we submit our rank list to the NRMP). We give preference to those having zero failures.
We prioritize US grads but will accept IMG applicants.
Applicants must have graduated within the previous five years.
We give careful consideration to:
      Commitment to ideals of family medicine
      Recent clinical training or experience
      Performance on standardized medical tests
      Overall performance in medical school
      Maturity and emotional stability
      Lack of history of drug or alcohol abuse
      Personal interview

12. Do you sponsor visas?

We can support H-1B Visas and J-1 Visa applications for residents seeking sponsorship by ECFMG, however priority is given to U.S. applicants.

13. May I arrange for a visit to see what your program looks like? May I drop in to try to speak with someone?

Unfortunately, we receive many of these requests and do not have the ability to offer informal visit opportunities. Please apply through ERAS. If you are chosen for an interview, we will notify you.

14. Do you have externship opportunities?

No, we do not.

15. What is your interviewing schedule? When are the interviews?

Applications are reviewed between mid-September and early-November. Personal interview invitations will be extended beginning in late September through mid-November. Our interview season begins in early October and extends through January. Most interviews are held on Friday mornings.

16. How many residents are in your program?

We are a newly approved program and accepted four residents for our first class in July 2019. This is an excellent opportunity for energetic, innovative applicants to help shape the course of our new family medicine program.

17. Do you have other elective opportunities?

A variety of electives are available within our health system. Residents may also propose elective months to tailor their residency experience that will suit their educational interests.

18. What about research?

Residents are required to participate in quality improvement projects that fulfill the scholarly activity requirement. Our faculty will facilitate these projects.

How to Apply

To apply please  click here.

About Marietta, OH

Marietta was established in 1788 as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory and is named after Marie Antoinette in honor of France’s role in the Revolutionary War. As you drive down our brick streets lined with tall trees, Marietta College students, and historical homes, you’ll see why National Geographic magazine named Marietta "One of the Best Places to Live" and "Best Adventure Town”, the New York Times says it’s “where the West began”.

Our river town is tucked in between the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers, and provides multiple local festivals, culture, and activities. The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival happens every September filling downtown with people and vendors from all across the Mid-Ohio Valley to awe over the sternwheel boats floating in the river. A couple other events not to miss are the Washington County Fair and the fireworks display on Independence Day! The seasons do not stop the hustle and bustle of Marietta; fall and winter events bring locals together to enjoy activities such as historical home tours while they are perfectly decorated for the holidays and ghost walking tours..

Our charming community offers a diverse experience for residents including extensive biking and hiking trails, lakes for kayaking, sternwheel tours, a national forest, parks and wetlands just to name a few to-dos for the adventurer. Our region also offers a diverse culture, from a multitude of the outdoor activities to the local theater that brings big name talent like Kansas, REO Speedwagon and others. We support local with our unique shops, galleries, local restaurants, cafés, farmer’s markets, and museums, alongside brand names you already know like, H&M, Sephora, Starbucks, Bath & Body Works, and more. Marietta offers all of this plus, yet we are just a short drive away from several major metro cities of your choice.

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