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Alumni Testimonials

Dr. Ahmed Rattani

GI Oncologist, Hematology Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Mount Auburn's Internal Medicine residency is an outstanding program with exceptional clinical training, combining aspects of academic and community practices. The encouraging and fostering environment with generous elective time allows residents to pursue meaningful research and educational opportunities and develop collaborations with faculty at Harvard Medical School and other Harvard Affiliated Hospitals. I am very thankful to the faculty and staff at this hospital, as they played a significant role in my career development.

Dr. Andrew Warner

Chairman, Division of Gastroenterology, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
I am Chairman, Division of Gastroenterology, at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. I specialize in inflammatory bowel disease and was involved in the original trials on Biologics in the 1990's and early 2000's.
Mount Auburn is a warm, friendly, and nurturing environment where I had a first-rate medical education. My training at Mount Auburn provided an outstanding foundation for my medical career as a physician, physician-leader, and educator.

Dr. Richard Alweis

Designated Institutional Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Rochester Regional Health, Rochester, NY
Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

I am the Designated Institutional Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Education for Rochester Regional Health. Prior to that, I was the Internal Medicine residency director at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to this, I am heavily involved with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. I received my bachelors and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Brown University.
From the moment I walked into Mount Auburn, I had the feel of “home.” The faculty were passionate about education and the program provided individualized attention—you clearly were not one of a nameless horde of 80 interns at the Mount. It really felt as though the residents were making a difference in the lives of their patients and were not just performing scut work for the attending physicians. After my chief resident year, I was asked to join as an associate program director for the ambulatory side of the training program. Working with the Education Council and program leadership gave me an excellent background for and experience in curricular development and educational program management. I also pursued the Medical Education Fellowship at Mount Auburn, which served as the launching pad for the rest of my career.

Dr. Stephanie Mascia

Internist, Cambridge Medical Associates, Cambridge, MA
Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

I received my MD from Boston University School of Medicine. During my time in medical school, I became interested in population health, healthcare disparities, and women’s health and also received an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health. I then went on to complete my residency in internal medicine/primary care at Mount Auburn Hospital in June 2017. During my time in residency, I was able to pursue my aforementioned interest in women’s health, which was the major driver behind my decision to conduct my scholarly project assessing the residency programs’ need for a women’s health curriculum. After residency, I served as chief resident where I discovered my interest in developing and implementing innovations in medication education by teaching internal medicine residents in addition to finishing a Medical Education Fellowship.
Currently, I am a primary care doctor/clinician educator at Cambridge Medical Associates, Mount Auburn Hospital. I am thus able to combine my interests by practicing clinical medicine and serving as a preceptor to primary care residents at Mount Auburn and teaching first year Harvard Medical students.

Dr. Fabian Reimold

Fellow, Interventional Cardiology, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center

I remember my residency time at Mount Auburn very fondly. The guiding principles of the hospital are "Excellence with Compassion". These principles are held very highly and are deeply embedded in clinical teaching. The teachers at "The Mount" are very experienced clinicians and great mentors, which afforded me a very good internal medicine education. I enjoyed my time so much that I decided to stay on as chief medical resident. Together with the clinical training, this prepared me very well to pursue a career in cardiology and now interventional cardiology. Wellbeing of the trainees is also a high priority, and as a trainee you will immediately notice the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the program. Being part of the Harvard community allows for collaboration and cooperation with some of the most respected medical facilities in the country. Finally, the hospital is located in one of most desired areas allowing for easy access to recreation and entertainment. If offered a chance to do residency at Mount Auburn again, I would certainly take it.

Dr. Ricardo Wellisch

Internist, Reservoir Medical Associates, Cambridge, MA
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chair, Clinical Competence Committee, Mount Auburn Hospital

I came to Mount Auburn Hospital fairly certain that I wanted to become a primary care physician. It is in my core and I still love caring for patients longitudinally, for decades and generations. It is my greatest honor to do so. I chose Mount Auburn because I realized that generalist at our hospital are well respected and sit at the forefront of the care of a patient. That is what attracted me to this training program. I very much loved that I had rigorous training early in residency, yet I also had significant career guidance to understand what I needed to know to be an excellent outpatient doctor, as well as the flexibility to fill in any gaps in my traditional training. I was able to arrange a women's health elective, for example, where I was trained by an osteoporosis expert, where I had the chance to scrub in with a breast surgeon, perform many pap smears and understand subtleties of GYN care.
I also have loved the personality of our hospital. I have come to think of it as a place of high academic value that is also low on the ego scale. Mount Auburn is a friendly place to train and work, where residents are happy, motivated, engaged and connected. Faculty are pleased to teach and there is a spirit of inquiry and of service. After 23 years in practice, I still very much love what I do. If I had to do it all over again, I would, in a heartbeat!
Most of my time is spent caring for patients in the outpatient setting, and I also care for them when they are admitted to the hospital. I devote a significant portion of my work time to the residency training program in Internal Medicine, where I chair the Clinical Competence Committee, attend on the inpatient medical wards, precept in the primary care center, serve as mentor and advisor to residents and faculty, champion the wellness efforts for our training program, and run other special programs for residents, such as a curriculum in humanistic medicine where we take residents to the art museum every other month.

Dr. Justin Salciccioli

Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital

I am a fellow in pulmonary and critical care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital after finishing residency at Mount Auburn. I chose the Mount Auburn program for residency for location and for its exposure to the Harvard research and academic community. The hospital has an academic feel with a friendly learning and teaching environment. I would recommend this program for anyone who is looking for a broad exposure to general medicine with academic interests.

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