SANTA ROSA - Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa has welcomed 12 new residents to its residency program.
The class of 2016 is comprised of top medical school graduates and were selected from a group of 713 applicants. The three-year program in collaboration with UCSF and one of 450 family medicine training programs in the United States has trained hundreds of family physicians since its inception in 1938.
Sutter’s residency graduates comprise nearly half of family physicians in Sonoma County. They fill private practices, community clinics and large medical groups such as Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, The Permanente Medical Group, local community health centers, Sonoma County Health Services and leadership positions throughout the medical community.
“Health care is changing in this country and the old models of family medicine, where a physician sits in the office and waits for patients to come to them, are outdated. In our recruiting, we have positioned ourselves as one of the innovators in the world of family medicine education,” said Jeff Haney, the residency program director.
The new residents are:
[caption id="attachment_96734" align="alignleft" width="139"] Alisa Awtry[/caption]
Alisa Awtry, M.D., University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; Dr. Awtry grew up in Ventura the home-schooled daughter of two chiropractors. While teaching the deaf in rural Mexico, she discovered her passion for medicine and returned to the United States and went to the University of California, San Diego. She managed the student-run free clinics and addressed access-to-care issues in the deaf community.
[caption id="attachment_96735" align="alignright" width="173"] Nathalie Boittin[/caption]
Nathalie Boittin, M.D., Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Boittin grew up in Switzerland and France before moving to the United States in high school. She studied astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago, then joined the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and focused on girls' education as well as working on a number of health-related projects. She returned to the United States and spent two years working as an HIV counselor in a community health clinic in Washington, D.C.
[caption id="attachment_96812" align="alignleft" width="122"] Margot Brown[/caption]
Margot Brown, M.D., University of California, San Francisco; Dr. Brown was born and raised in Mendocino and majored in community studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she pursued her passion for social justice activism. After college, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and worked at a public health organization dedicated to preventing violence against women and children.
[caption id="attachment_96738" align="alignright" width="167"] Joel Charles[/caption]
Joel Charles M.D., M.P.H., University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Dr. Charles grew up in Wisconsin the son of a carpenter and community-organizer. After finishing his undergraduate degree he traveled to a subsistence farming community in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he promoted the cultivation of amaranth and catalyzed the creation of a library. He spent the next year as a coordinator with Habitat for Humanity in the Mississippi Delta.
[caption id="attachment_96739" align="alignright" width="134"] Phoebe Mar Devitt[/caption]
Phoebe Mar Devitt, M.D., University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Dr. Mar Devitt was introduced to medicine by her father, a family medicine doctor, who took her on house calls to the Amish community. During medical school she spent time in rural Ecuador assisting with house calls in mountain villages to provide basic health care needs.