Clarkson Family Medicine Residency Program

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Resident Retreat, 2021

Residency Program

Clarkson Family Medicine physicians specialize in medicine for the entire family: from obstetrics to newborn care, from adolescent medicine to geriatrics and everything in between. We are here to support family’s health care needs throughout their lives. 

The mission of Clarkson Family Medicine Residency is to provide family medicine residents a high-quality education in a full-scope, patient-centered, friendly, community-based training program.

Located in Omaha’s historic Old Market, Clarkson Family Medicine is a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Our multidisciplinary colleagues from Pharmacy, Nutrition, Social Work and Behavioral Health collaborate to provide comprehensive, team-based care all in one place.

The clinic operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We have 16 exam rooms, a minor procedure room, treadmill, obstetric (OB) non-stress testing, OB ultrasound, radiology services, and a laboratory.

Procedures performed include:

  • Colonoscopy and EGD
  • Colposcopy
  • Fracture care
  • Joint injections
  • Laceration repairs
  • Minor lesion removal
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Skin lesion removal and biopsy
  • Toenail removal
  • Vasectomy

Strategic Objectives

  • Be a cost-effective provider of high-quality family centered health care
  • Be recognized as a leader in academic excellence
  • Recruit and retain exceptional faculty, staff and residents
  • Educate family medicine residents to become highly skilled family physicians, with the intellectual and clinical skills to practice family medicine in a variety of urban and rural settings in Mid-America, with a commitment to:
    • Family centered health care
    • Continued acquisition of medical knowledge
    • Medicine as a profession
    • Community service

How to apply for residency

Applicants must apply through ERAS

  • The application is submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You can find our program on ERAS as Clarkson Regional Health Service Program #1203021498.
  • Find the ERAS Website here

Favorable applicants

  • Have graduated or will graduate from medical school in the past three years
  • Have passed USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level I 
  • Have passed USMLE Step 2 – CK or COMLEX Level 2 – CE
  • Are a U.S. citizen or have a valid visa and work permit
  • Have clinical experience in the United States within the past 12 months.
  • Application includes a letter of recommendation from a Family Medicine Physician

Interviews are offered after the ERAS application has been reviewed. Applicants will be notified by email if an interview has been offered.

Frequently asked questions

Does your program have board score requirements?

Favorable applicants have three or fewer cumulative fails in the USMLE/NBOME exam cycle. All parts of the examination must be passed within 10 years of passing the first exam.

Do you accept FMG’s in your program?

Yes, ECFMG certified. You must be a US citizen or have a valid visa and work permit.

Does your program require any U.S. clinical experience?

Yes, clerkships, observer/externships or rotational studies.

Does your program offer observer/externships?

No

Does your program offer medical student clerkships?

Yes, see the "How to apply for clerkship" tab.

When is the best time to apply?

We accept applications through ERAS from September to January each year

How many first-year positions does your program offer?

Six

When should I take my Step II Boards?

Take Step II before December, to eliminate the possibility of not being ranked due to the delay of a program getting your results.

Benefits

Resident salaries:

  • HOI:     $59,570
  • HOII:    $61,776
  • HOIII:   $64,293

CME Allowance:

  • HOI:     $300        
  • HOII:    $400        
  • HOIII:   $600

Benefits:

  • Liability insurance
  • Family health insurance
  • Life/disability insurance for resident
  • Dental/vision insurance
  • Lab coats and laundering
  • Money for meals
  • Reimbursement for USMLE/COMLEX Step 3 if taken within the first 18 months of residency
  • Reimbursement strategy for ABFM exam
  • Employee Assistance Program

Time Away:

  • 20 days of paid time off per year
  • Five CME days per year  

Health Insurance

Residents and their families are covered by the hospital's group health plan and accident plan, as it exists on the date of employment and as may be amended from time to time.

Life Insurance

The hospital will provide term life insurance coverage with the death benefit equal to one times the resident's annual salary following the hospital employee benefit plan as it exists on the date of employment and as may be amended.

Disability

The hospital provides disability insurance for its residents following with the hospital employee benefit plan as it exists on the date of employment and as may be amended from time to time.

Liability Insurance

Residents are covered by liability insurance for all patient encounters during their assigned rotations and at the Old Mark Health Center. "Tail" coverage is also provided for any claims arising after completion of the residency relating to patient care during residency.

Dental Insurance

Coverage is available as an additional benefit at the resident's option for a small, additional fee.

Rotations

The Clarkson Family Medicine Residency offers a broad and flexible clinical curriculum, which can be individualized to each resident’s professional needs. Our residents often work one-on-one with an attending physician. These close interactions with primary care physicians and specialists allow for exceptional learning and a cooperative community hospital atmosphere.

We emphasize training that will prepare you for a broad scope of practice, enabling you to develop the medical and procedural skills for a variety of patients and levels of acuity. You may customize your schedule to pursue areas of interest such as obstetrics, rural and underserved populations, endoscopies and women’s health.

2020 - 2021 Rotation Schedule
HO1 HO2 H03
Cardiology Cardiology Dermatology
ICU Community Med Inpatient Family Medicine
Inpatient Family Medicine Geriatrics Outpatient Family Medicine
Midlands Emergency Department Gynecology Orthopaedic
Nephrology Inpatient Family Medicine Pediatric Electives
Night Float Inpatient Family Medicine Practice Management
Obstetrics Pediatric Inpatient Electives
Orientation Pediatric Emergency Medicine  
Outpatient Pediatrics Rural Family Medicine  
  Sports Medicine  
  Surgery  

Night float is five (5) days, Sunday through Thursday night, usually for two weeks.

Electives:

  • ADDICTION MEDICINE
  • ANESTHESIA / PAIN
  • BARIATRICS
  • CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE
  • EAR, NOSE AND THROAT
  • EMERGENCY MEDICINE
  • ENDOCRINOLOGY
  • GASTROENTEROLOGY
  • HEMATOLOGY / ONCOLOGY
  • HOSPICE
  • INDEPENDENT STUDY / FAMILY STUDIES
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE
  • NEUROLOGY
  • OBSTETRICS
  • OPHTHALMOLOGY
  • PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS
  • PEDIATRIC OUTPATIENT
  • PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY
  • PSYCHIATRY
  • RADIOLOGY
  • RHEUMATOLOGY
  • RURAL MEDICINE
  • TRAUMA 
  • UROLOGY
  • OPPURTUNITIES FOR SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING AND OTHER RESIDENT INTERESTS

Maximizing your residency experience

Community involvement:

Scholarly activity:

  • Asthma research study at Open Door Mission
  • POCUS (point of care ultrasound) opportunities and interest group
  • Regional presentations at Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians and other conferences

Residents

First Year Residents   

Daniel Alekyan

DANIEL ALEKYAN, DO was raised in Sacramento, California. He attended University of California – Davis in Davis, California, where he received a Bachelor of Science in neurobiology, physiology and behavior health. Dr. Alekyan graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Joplin, Missouri. Daniel enjoys trail running, exploring the outdoors, investing, cooking and spending time with his family.

Rubab Ali

RUBAB ALI, MD was raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, and London, England. She received her medical education at Shifa College of Medicine in Islamabad. During her medical career, Dr. Ali has participated in several high value care initiatives and care for the underserved. She speaks many languages and is published in several periodicals. Outside of medicine, Dr. Ali enjoys traveling, sketching, photography, cooking and spending time with friends and family. She is overjoyed to be joining the Clarkson Family Medicine family.

Anyun Ma

ANYUN MA, MD was raised in Hebei, China. She attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, where she received her Doctor of Philosophy in neurocardiac physiology. Dr. Ma earned her medical degree at Tongji University School of Medicine in Shanghai, China. Dr. Ma speaks English and Mandarin. She enjoys karaoke, Zumba, playing the fiddle, reading, cooking and crafting.

Erin C. Ray

ERIN C. RAY, DO was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she received a Bachelor of Science in biology. Dr. Ray received her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a crazy cat mom with a spoiled cat. Dr. Ray enjoys kickboxing, attempting painting, traveling to places far and wide and hiking.

Madeline Trout

MADELINE S. TROUT, DO was raised in Hays, Kansas. She received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Trout received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia. She enjoys classic movies, 1960s/70s rock music, hiking, traveling, trying different ethnic cuisine, cooking and baking and spending time with her two cats and fiancé.

Michael Turco

MICHAEL J. TURCO, MD was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and a Pre - Medical Studies Certificate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his medical degree from University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Turco enjoys weightlifting, martial arts, calligraphy, vocal music and aquarium keeping.


Second year residents

Alex M. Beck, MD

ALEX M. BECK, MD was raised in Wichita, Kansas. He attended Newman University in Wichita, where he received a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in sports medicine. Dr. Beck graduated from University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. He enjoys hiking, cooking, running, reading sci-fi and watching college football – Go Big Red!

Beau J. Condie, DO

BEAU J. CONDIE, DO was raised in Ivins, Utah. He received a Bachelor of Science in biology/zoology from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Dr. Condie received his medical degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. He enjoys photography, attending concerts, movies, traveling and exercising.

Jennifer N. Diamond, DO

JENNIFER N. DIAMOND, DO was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in pre-health and economics. Dr. Diamond earned her medical degree at A. T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. She likes dachshunds, Disney, Notre Dame football, soccer, spin, coffee, art and reading.

Joanna Sarah Jacob, MBBS

JOANNA SARAH JACOB, MBBS was raised in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and then moved to India for high school and medical school. She received a post graduate diploma in family medicine from Christian Medical College-Vellore, India, from September 2016 to December 2018. Dr. Jacob received her medical education at Father Muller Medical College in India. She speaks many languages and enjoys reading, playing the guitar, singing, trekking, traveling, learning new languages and cooking with her husband.

Kelsey P. Noble, DO

KELSEY P. NOBLE, DO was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Elkhorn, Nebraska. She received a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience/philosophy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Noble received a Master of Science in acupuncture from New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Mineola, New York. Dr. Noble graduated from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa, this spring. She is thrilled to be back in Omaha and enjoys hiking, gardening, yoga, and seeing live music, especially when she can share these experiences with her family.

Justin T. Schramm, DO

JUSTIN T. SCHRAMM, DO was raised in Sac City, Iowa. He attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in theology and a Master of Science in health care ethics. He received his medical degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He enjoys hiking, camping, being outdoors, playing board games with friends and spending time with his wife and pets.


Third Year Residents

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ABRAHAM A. FARHAT, MD was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended University of Nebraska Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, where he received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry before becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Farhat graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He enjoys drone racing, spending time outdoors, hiking, fishing, camping, gardening, and most of all, spending time with his wife and son.


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ANDREW J. HILD, MD was born in Wichita, Kansas. He attended the Newman University in Wichita where he received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. Dr. Hild received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. He spends his free time writing music, and enjoys participating in classical theater productions.


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ALEXIS J. ROGERS, MD was born in Japan. She attended University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering. Dr. Rogers earned her medical degree at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She likes to travel, go to the lake, and go fishing with her family and dogs. At home she helps take care of fish tanks, watches movies, and gardens.


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ETHAN C. SCHNEIDER, MD was raised in O’Neill, Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Science in nutrition science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Schneider has received his medical degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He will also soon receive his master’s in public health from University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Schneider volunteers for programs to teach children, camps for kids with
special needs, etc. He enjoys baking, cooking, home brewing, grilling, weightlifting and yoga.


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JOSEPH W. WEES, DO was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Wees graduated from Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. He enjoys golfing, Creighton and Husker sports, and playing cards. His goal is to eventually day golf.


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JENNA S. WONG, DO was born at Fort Riley, Kansas. She attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where she received a Bachelor of Science in biology. Dr. Wong received her medical degree from A.T. Still Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville. She loves spending time with her family and her husband. She enjoys kayaking, biking, volleyball, board games and baking.

Faculty

 

Let us introduce ourselves.

We are dedicated to propel you into your own practice. Here at Clarkson Family Medicine, we want to assure you we listen, care for and support our residents. Although we are teaching you, we are learning from you too.  


Sarah Howard

Sarah A. Howard, MD - Program Director

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduate of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Family medicine residency training at Clarkson Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Practiced as a Family Physician in Hawaii for six years
  • Faculty Physician since 2018

Les Veskrna

Les W. Veskrna, MD - Associate Program Director

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduate of University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Residency at Lincoln Family Medicine in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Program Director at Lincoln Family Medicine in Lincoln, for several years
  • Faculty physician since 2019

Scott McPherson

Scott McPherson, MD – Clinic Medical Director

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center; residency at Carswell Air Force Base in Ft. Worth, TX
  • Over 20 year of practice in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Faculty physician since July 2016

Amy Jesperson

Amy K. Jespersen, MD, FAAFP – Faculty Physician

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduate of College of Saint Mary in Omaha and University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Practiced in York, Nebraska for three years after residency here at Clarkson Family Residency
  • Faculty physician since 1998

Dale Agner

Dale R. Agner, MD – Faculty Physician

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduate of University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
  • Family Medicine Residency, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Over 20 years of Practice as a Family Physician
  • Faculty Physician since 2015

Jerry Authier

Jerry L. Authier, PhD – Clinical Psychologist

  • Certified psychologist by the state of Nebraska
  • Graduate of Eastern Washington State College in Cheney, Washington and the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon
  • Faculty since 1991

How to apply for clerkship

Medical student clerkship: We offer a four week clerkship that exposes students to the full breadth of family medicine while taking into consideration their special interests. Clerkships are available every month and are available to third and fourth-year medical students. If you are interested in a clerkship in family medicine, contact our program coordinator at 402.442.2050 or email cfm@nebraskamed.com.

About Omaha and Nebraska

Omaha is a vibrant, attractive city that provides all the amenities of a much larger metropolitan area and yet, is family oriented and friendly. Omaha boasts an attractively low cost of living that is 19 percent less than the national average. Watch this video to find out more!
 

Our city continues to thrive with projects such as the Riverfront Revitalization. Explore, shop and dine in Omaha's Old Market.

Blackstone District is a few minutes from the main campus whether you are in the mood for fresh flavors or classic cocktails.

Outside of Omaha, the state of Nebraska provides wonders and getaways from the hustle and bustle of the city. Check it out!

Photo gallery

Two folks using an ultrasound on a man lying down on a bed
Former resident, Dr. Pagan, practices with the point of care ultrasound
Two people, one smiling using an ultrasound on a man lying down
Dr. Howard and Dr. Wong with the point of care ultrasound
Posters
Clarkson Family Medicine residents with their poster presentations at the National Academy of Family Physicians (NAFP) Spring Conference
Man using a scope simulator
Dr. Alekyan practicing colonoscopy techniques at the simulation lab
Three men standing in front of a projected image of STFM
Dr. Agner and former residents, Dr. Harris and Dr. Ulen, at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference
Man wearing personal protective equipment
Former resident, Dr. Strehle, ready to perform a scope in the GI lab

 

Contact us

Have questions? Please reach out!

Phone: 402.552.2050
Email: cfm@nebraskamed.com