Graduate Medical Education Program 2021 Graduation at Penn Highlands Healthcare

Penn Highlands Healthcare is excited to celebrate the second class of graduates from the Family Medicine Residency Program, in Graduate Medical Education. Last year, two resident physicians graduated from this program in the first graduating class. This year, the number of residents presented with their residency program certificate has tripled to six graduates: Cory Baldwin, DO; Diana Hricova, DO; John Lacson, DO; Amy Trinh, DO; Adhitya Venkataswamy, DO; Mathew Wolbert, DO.

Dr. Cory Baldwin went to medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale, and plans to be a Hospitalist for Apogee Physicians in DuBois, PA.

Dr. Diana Hricova earned her medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her future plans are to join a private practice in Monongahela, PA.

Dr. John Lacson also went to medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and plans to practice in Outpatient Family Medicine in Arizona.

Dr. Amy Trinh studied at Michigan State University of Osteopathic Medicine and plans to return to Lansing, Michigan to practice in Outpatient Family Medicine.

Dr. Adhitya Venkataswamy earned his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University and plans to join an Outpatient Family Medicine and Urgent Care in Chicagoland, IL.

Dr. Matthew Wolbert attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Wolbert will be going active duty in the United States Air Force with assignment to Family Medicine at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

During the graduation ceremony, the Educator of the Year Award was presented to Tonya Kozminski, DO, Associate Program Director & Director of Osteopathic Medical Education.

“One reason this program at Penn Highlands Healthcare is so special is that it stresses competence, confidence, and compassion,” said Dr. Christopher Varacallo, GME Program Director, “In this program, we dedicate ourselves to training these residents to become great physicians that patients can trust and want to receive care from.”