Facility Rotation Sites

  • Mercy St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
  • Mercy St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital (OB and newborn nursery)
  • Akron Children’s Hospital - Mahoning Valley Campus (Pediatric Inpatient and ER)

Office Experience

Youngstown Primary Care, a stand-alone facility

  • Caring, knowledgeable staff
  • Across the street from our tertiary care hospital with secure tunnel access
  • Enables collaboration with specialists easily at the only level-1 trauma center between Cleveland and Pittsburgh
  • Over 9000 visits annually

Full-spectrum Family Medicine

  • Well infant and child visits
  • Adolescent care
  • Gynecologic care
  • Health maintenance and preventive care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Acute illnesses, injuries, and procedures
  • Prenatal care 

Our community and patient population 

  • Our patients are diverse and underserved including Spanish-speaking patients
  • Our residency fulfills the mission of the hospital
  • We provide excellent patient care to those who need it most 
  • Excellent training opportunities to be prepared for practice 


  • Circumcision
  • Colposcopy
  • EKG interpretation
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Foreign body removal
  • Joint aspiration and injection (small and large joints)
  • Holter monitor interpretation
  • Obstetrical care and delivery
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Skin procedures (shave and punch biopsy, excision)
  • Sports physicals
  • Suturing
  • Tympanometry
  • Others dependent upon resident interest


  • Basic Life Support 
  • Advance Cardiac Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Centering Pregnancy (Group Prenatal Care facilitator training)

Academic Affiliations

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Youngstown State University


  • Basic Life Support 
  • Advance Cardiac Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Centering Pregnancy (Group Prenatal Care facilitator training)

Faculty Publications and Presentations

“Be Mindful, Be Well: Techniques and Experiences for Reducing Burnout in a Residency Program.” Burger, A, Miller, L, and N. Shearer.  Seminar at the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC), November 2, 2019. Lancaster, PA. 

Krafft R, Handel J. (2021). Goiter. In Domino FJ (Ed.), www.5MinuteConsult.com, Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

“The Perils of Human Trafficking:  What Every Family Physician Needs to Know.”  Scholarly Topic Roundtable presentation at the 50th Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, May 8. 2017. San Diego, CA.  

Rotation Schedule


Principles of Family Medicine - 1 month
Emergency Medicine - 1 month
Medical ICU - 1 month
Inpatient Pediatrics - 1 month
Inpatient Surgery - 1 month
Obstetrics - 2 months
Family medicine Inpatient Service - 3 months
Internal Medicine - 1 month
Nursery - 2 weeks
Outpatient Pediatrics - 2 weeks
Office 2 half days/week longitudinal


Sports Medicine - 1 month
Geriatrics - 1 month
Pediatric Emergency Medicine - 1 month
Outpatient Pediatrics - 1 month
Gynecology - 1 month
Community Medicine - 1 month
Family medicine Inpatient Service - 2 months
Cardiology - 1 month
Emergency Medicine - 1 month
Pulmonary Medicine - 1 month
Outpatient Surgery - 1 month
Office 3 half days/week longitudinal


Pediatric Outpatient (or Ped Subspecialty) - 1 month
Orthopedics - 1 month
Dermatology - 1 month
Otolaryngology - 2 weeks (minimum)
Radiology - 2 weeks (minimum)
Urology - 2 weeks (minimum)
Ophthalmology - 2 weeks (minimum)
Family Medicine Inpatient Service - 2 months
Psychiatry - 1 month
Electives - 4 months
Office 4 half days/week longitudinal

Elective Options
Global/International Health
Infectious Disease
OB/GYN Subspecialty
Pediatrics/Pediatric Subspecialty
Plastic Surgery
Palliative Care
Sports Medicine

Additional Educational Opportunities

  • Didactics, 4 hours per week, Wednesday mornings
  • Topics organized monthly by organ system
  • Practice Management, 4 hours per month
  • Speakers include faculty, outside physicians, and residents
  • Incorporates Journal Club, Morbidity & Mortality, & Evidence-Based Medicine Principles
  • Morning Report with board review, clinical pearls, radiology, & EKG interpretation teaching
  • Institutional Grand Rounds
  • Hospital Committees as a PGY2 and PGY3 resident
  • Medical Ethics, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Patient Safety
  • Resident Support Group
  • Residents can obtain clinical faculty rank through Northeast Ohio Medical University 
  • Every patient care encounter is considered a teachable moment