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Intern program may net city new doctors

Kingman could gain two new doctors once doctor of osteopathic interns Jack Weidner and Karla Vitale complete their medical educations.

They are among five future physicians serving one-year internships at Kingman Regional Medical Center, which became a teaching hospital on July 1.

Both have expressed an interest in practicing locally after completing their training.

KRMC is affiliated with the Arizona Consortium, which includes the medical school at Midwestern University and Mesa General and Tempe St.

Luke's hospitals.

That affiliation was approved last November during a meeting of the American Osteopathic Association Executive Committee of the Council on Postdoctoral Training.

"There's a lot of paperwork involved, but this is the first time Kingman has had a teaching program and it's exciting," said Dr.

Walter Klimach, administrative director of medical education for the internship-training program.

Dr.

Donald Morgan, a family practice physician in Kingman, is the director of medical education for the program.

He has volunteered some of his time as a board-certified osteopathic physician must be involved in the internship program.

"Doctors of osteopathy are licensed by the Board of Osteopathy," Morgan said.

"Their training is more holistic in approach to medicine and includes manipulation similar to chiropractors.

But their education has come to include all facets of medicine and specialties."

The interns at KRMC are third- and fourth-year medical students from Midwestern University in Glendale.

In addition to Weidner of Philadelphia and Vitale from Phoenix, they include Chad Carman from Salt Lake City, Michael Murphy of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mark Tosca from Tucson.

Each intern will serve a four-week rotation in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and general surgery.

An additional rotation in any of those areas of special interest is permitted.

The final five months of study at KRMC will be in elective areas that include cardiology, anesthesiology and radiology, among other specialties.

Weidner said he heard good comments from other interns about KRMC and that prompted him to request assignment there.

"The facilities here are perfect for the program," Weidner said.

"I'm interested in family practice medicine and a residency to follow the internship here is what I'm looking at."

Weidner is spending his first rotation with Dr.

Morgan in family practice.

He moves on to obstetrics in August.

"I'm planning to go into family practice," Weidner said.

"It's a field with a variety of cases and offers flexibility as to where you work and live."

Vitale did a rotation at KRMC 18 months ago as a third-year student and was impressed with the hospital enough to want to do an internship there.

"The staff here is teaching and student friendly," she said.

"I'm interested in obstetrics and gynecology as the field I want to practice in and I like one hospital communities in small towns, so I may wind up here in Kingman."

At present, Vitale is doing a surgery rotation with Dr.

Carol Newmyer.

She plans a second surgery rotation in August.

Tosca is doing an obstetrics/gynecology rotation with Dr.

Joseph Tedesco this month and will move over to internal medicine, which is the field he wants to specialize in, next month.

"I've done rotations in Tucson and Mesa and the learning opportunities are better here," Tosca said.

Tosca said he did an emergency room rotation last August at KRMC and also spent a month working with Dr.

Ronald Bennett in the areas of neurology and psychiatry.

His positive experiences had an influence on Murphy asking to do an internship here.

"I want to stay in the Southwest as I have relatives in Prescott," Morgan said.

"I interviewed at several hospitals and this sounded like the best program."

Morgan said he wants to specialize in anesthesiology.

"It's the flip side of diversity where you specialize in one field," Morgan said.

"I like the physiology of the field and can work in ICU or operating rooms."

Carman is doing an internal medicine rotation this month with Dr.

Paul Kalanithi.

He switches over to a family practice rotation next month.

"I'm interested in emergency medicine as I'm a blood-and-guts kind of guy," Carman said.

"I like the fast-paced nature of the ER, where you never know what you'll see next and I enjoy thinking on my feet."