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St. Elizabeth’s Teaching Hospital Honors SLU Family Medicine Residency Graduates

Belleville, IL - A graduation ceremony was held on Friday, June 20 for 13 physicians in the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. St. Elizabeth's is privileged to serve as a teaching hospital for the SLU program that partners with Scott Air Force Base and Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF).

Graduates were noted and thanked for their dedication and commitment to providing high-quality care to 10,438 patients during the three-year program.  They also were commended for exhibiting the Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy.      

The 2014 graduates include:  

  • Alka Aggarwal, M.D.
  • Capt. Eva R. Chatman, M.D.
  • Capt. Erica L. Conrad, M.D.
  • Terrance L. Craion, M.D.
  • Capt. Daniel M. Dierfeldt, D.O.
  • Lt. Col. Carol J. Elnicky, M.D.
  • Capt. Margaret J. Garner, D.O.
  • Cameron C. Gilmore, M.D.
  • Capt. Kevan H. Long, M.D.
  • Capt Brett A. Nance, D.O.
  • Kristina Raveendran, M.D.
  • Robert F. Schaefer, M.D.
  • Capt. Trevor S. Smith, D.O.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shelly Harkins, presented Capt. Margaret Garner, D.O. with the 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award.  The award recognizes a resident who truly lives the Mission of St. Francis and the Hospital Sisters, and best exemplifies the Core Values of St. Elizabeth's: Respect, Care, Competence and Joy.  Numerous nominations were collected from clinical staff and other colleagues who have worked with the residents during their residency to determine the recipient.         

"This is a very special class," shared Dr. Shelly Harkins.  "Every resident received a number of votes for this award. We are very proud of them and we are privileged to be the hospital where they became such special physicians." 

To learn more about the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency program and other St. Elizabeth’s Teaching Hospital programs, visit http://www.steliz.org/teachinghospital.

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