Family and Internal Medicine Residents

Training Our Future Medical Professionals

Lakeland Family Medicine, Niles, is the host practice for Spectrum Health Lakeland's Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency program, and Lakeside Healthcare Specialists in St. Joseph is the host location for Lakeland Health’s Osteopathic Internal Medicine Residency program.

What Is a Resident?

A resident is a newly-minted physician. They are medical school graduates who are training in their area of specialty. Each resident will spend three to five years training in both the clinical and classroom setting here at Lakeland.

Resident physicians are doctors who are completing their medical training in a chosen specialty. They are responsible for direct patient care while working in collaboration with an attending physician. These additional physicians give us the medical knowledge and coverage to offer you same-day appointments.

Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

There are several benefits to having a residency program. At Lakeland, it’s our goal to attract and retain the best talent to the community. Our residency program will help us do just that.

“Physicians often choose to work in the same area where they completed their residencies,” said Lowell Hamel, MD Lakeland’s Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. “The amenities our community has to offer, in addition to the technology and resources available at Lakeland, make for a very strong case for remaining in southwest Michigan to practice.”

Lakeland continues to welcome new residents every year. Candidates for those positions are selected and interviewed during the summer and fall.

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Physician Video Profile: Prakash Shrestha, MD (Family Medicine)

Prakash Shrestha, MD is a family medicine physician at Lakeland Primary Care, Longmeadow in Niles, Michigan.

Physician Video Profile: Raul Torres, DO (Family Medicine)

Raul Torres, DO, is a family medicine physician at Lakeland Primary Care, Longmeadow in Niles, Michigan.

Check-Up: Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Prevent Dementia (Alexander Hinckley, DO)

Family Medicine provider Alexander Hinckley, DO, outlines some risk factors for dementia and how you can make changes now to improve your brain health.

Check-Up: Michael O'Hearn - A Pain in the Back

Physical therapist, Michael O'Hearn shares when to seek medical help for back pain.

Check-Up: HDL vs. LDL (Roxanne Wolfram, NP)

Family medicine provider, Roxanne Wolfram, DNP, talks about the difference between good and bad cholesterol.

Check-Up: Gluten Could be Making You Sick (Jennifer Williams, NP)

Family medicine provider Jennifer Williams, NP, from Southwestern Medical Clinic in Stevensville, Michigan, explains how medical experts determine if their patients suffer from celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity.

Check-Up: Kicking the Smoking Habit (Donald Wolfram, MD)

Family medicine physician, Donald Wolfram, MD, explains why it's never to late to quite smoking and what it can mean for your health.

Check-Up: Prostate Health (Donald Wolfram, MD)

Family medicine physician, Donald Wolfram, MD, shares some important things every man should know about their prostate health.

Check-Up: Preventing Bone Loss (Deanna Rucano, NP)

Lakeland Primary Care, St. Joseph provider Deanna Rucano, FNP, shares ways you can be proactive about preventing bone loss before it becomes a problem.

Check-Up: Is Whitecoat Hypertension Real? (Audrey Carrier, DO)

Family medicine physician Audrey Carrier, DO, explains how providers make sure blood pressure readings are accurate when patients visit their office.

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