Clarkson Family Medicine Residency Program

Residency Program

Clarkson Family Medicine Residency physicians specialize in medicine for the entire family: from vaccinations to physical exams, from childhood diseases to adult health problems, from complete obstetrics to geriatric care. The doctors of Clarkson Family Medicine clinic are here to provide you and your family with the best medical care on an ongoing basis.

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.

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 ultrasounds, radiology services, and a laboratory.

Procedures performed in the office include:

  • Colposcopy
  • Fracture care
  • Laceration repairs
  • Minor lesion removal
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Sigmoidoscopy/Colonoscopy
  • Vasectomy

Nebraska Medicine - Clarkson Family Medicine clinic staff includes physicians, a clinical psychologist, residents, clinic manager, registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, certified medical assistants, certified procedural coders and clerical support staff.

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 meet the following criteria:

  • 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 contact them directly at 202.824.0413
  • The applicant has graduated or will graduate from medical school in the past three years.
  • The applicant has passed USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level I 
  • The applicant has passed USMLE Step 2 – CK or COMLEX Level 2 – CE
  • The applicant must be a US citizen or have a valid visa and work permit. We do not sponsor the H1 visa, but will accept the J1 visa.
  • The applicant has clinical experience in the United States within the past 12 months.
  • Application includes a letter of recommendation from a Family Medicine Physician

These criteria apply to students applying through ERAS in the standard NRMP Match program and do not necessarily apply to the students participating in the SOAP process.

Interviews are offered after the ERAS application, personal statement, medical school transcript and reference letters have been received. Dean’s letters will be reviewed with the other data. Applicants will be notified by email if an interview has been offered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your program have board score requirements?

The applicant has 3 or fewer cumulative fails in the USMLE/NBOME exam cycle. All parts of the examination must be passed within ten years of passing the first exam.

Does your program have any restrictions on year of graduation?

Applicants must not have been out of medical school for three years or clinical practice for more than the last 12 months.

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, we do not sponsor H1 visa.

Does your program require any US 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 'How to apply for clerkship' tab.

When is the best time to apply?

We accept applications through ERAS only from September 15th to January 15th annually.

How many first year positions does your program offer?

6

When should I take my Step II Boards?

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:   $67,293


CME ALLOWANCE:

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


BENEFITS:

  • Liability insurance for moonlighting
  • Family health insurance
  • Life/Disability insurance for resident
  • Dental/vision insurance available
  • 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 vacation days 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 in accordance with 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 in accordance 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 the Family Medicine 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.

Certifications

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

Rotations

The Nebraska Medicine - Clarkson Family Medicine Residency offers a broad and flexible clinical curriculum, which can be individualized to each resident’s professional needs. Our residents usually work one-on-one with an attending physician to admit patients and manage their care. 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, endoscopies, women’s health, rural and underserved populations.

We utilize Nebraska Medicine for most clinical rotations and for in-house call. Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is our site for inpatient pediatrics, pediatric emergency room, neonatal intensive care unit and an elective month. Alegent Health Midland's Community Hospital is used for the emergency medicine rotation- an elective in trauma is also available. We require two month long rural and urban rotations. The first is in West Point, Nebraska during the HOII year.

2020 - 2021 Rotation Schedule
HO1 HO2 H03
Cardiology Cardiology Dermatology
ICU Community Med (2 weeks) Inpatient Family Medicine
Inpatient Family Medicine Geriatrics Outpatient Family Medicine
Midlands Emergency Department Gynecology Orthopaedic Surgery
Nephrology Inpatient Family Medicine Pediatric Electives
Night Float Inpatient Family Medicine Practice Management (2 weeks)
Obstetrics Pediatric Inpatient Electives
Orientation Pediatric Emergency Medicine  
Outpatient Pediatrics Rural Family Medicine  
  Sports Medicine  
  Surgery  

NIGHT FLOAT is five (5) days from Sunday – Thursday night, usually for two weeks.

IP FM – is Intern Inpatient/Night Float and OB intermixed for the first six months of the academic year.

ELECTIVES:

  • ANESTHESIA / PAIN
  • BARIATRICS
  • EAR, NOSE & THROAT
  • EMERGENCY MEDICINE – NEBRASKA MEDICINE
  • ENDOCRINOLOGY – Claire Baker, MD
  • EXECUTIVE ADDICTION / PSYCH
  • GASTROENTEROLOGY
  • HEMATOLOGY / ONCOLOGY
  • HOSPICE
  • ICU – CCM, CCA
  • INDEPENDENT STUDY / FAMILY STUDIES
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE
  • NEUROLOGY
  • OBSTETRICS: UNMC - Jenny Ed - Jennifer Hill, MD
  • OPHTHALMOLOGY – 2 weeks
  • PEDS ORTHOPEDICS
  • PEDS OUTPATIENT
  • PEDS PULM – Midwest Allergy & Asthma
  • RADIOLOGY - CHI
  • RHEUMATOLOGY
  • RURAL MEDICINE – Storm Lake, Others
  • TRAUMA – Lincoln, UNMC
  • UROLOGY

Residents

First Year Residents   

DANIEL ALEKYAN, DO
Graduate of Univ. of California in Davis, CA; Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, KS.
 

RUBAB ALI, MD
Graduate of Shifa College of Medicine in Pakistan.
 

ANYUN MA, MD
Graduate of Tongji Univ. School of Medicine in Shanghai, China; PhD from Univ. of Nebraska Medicine Medical Center.
 

ERIN C. RAY, DO
Graduate of Univ. of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE; Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, KS.
 

MADELINE S. TROUT, DO
Graduate of Univ. of South Alabama in Mobile, AL; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, Ga.
 

MICHAEL J. TURCO, MD
Graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN; University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in Columbia, MO.
 


Second year residents

Alex M. Beck, MD

ALEX M. BECK, MD
Education: Graduate of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas; University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, KS. 

Beau J. Condie, DO

BEAU J. CONDIE, DO
Education: Graduate of Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah; Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO.

Jennifer N. Diamond, DO

JENNIFER N. DIAMOND, DO
Education: Graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana; A. T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO.

Joanna Sarah Jacob, MBBS

JOANA SARAH JACOB, MBBS
Education: Graduate of Father Muller Medical College in Konkanody Mangalore, India.

Kelsey P. Noble, DO

KELSEY P. NOBLE, DO
Education: Graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA; Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa.

Justin T. Schramm, DO

JUSTIN T. SCHRAMM, DO
Education: Graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; A. T. Still University of Health Sciences-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO.


Third Year Residents

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ABRAHAM A. FARHAT, MD
Education: Graduate of University of Nebraska in Omaha; University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE


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ANDREW J. HILD, MD
Education: Graduate of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas; University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, KS


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ALEXIS J. ROGERS, MD
Education: Graduate of University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN; University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE


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ETHAN C. SCHNEIDER, MD
Education: Graduate of University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska; University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha; also working on his Masters in Public Health


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JOSEPH W. WEES, DO
Education: Graduate of University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska; Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa


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JENNA S. WONG, DO
Education: Graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, MO; A. T. Still Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO.

Faculty

SARAH A. HOWARD, MD – Program Director

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduate of Stanford Univ. in Palo Alto, California, and Creighton Univ. 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 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, MD – Clinic Medical Director

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

AMY K. JESPERSEN, MD, FAAFP – Physician Faculty

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

KENT ZHAO, MD – Faculty Physician

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduate of Fujian Medical Univ. in Fuzhou, China; residency and fellowship training in Ophthalmology
  • Family Medicine residency training at the Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Assistant professor with Creighton Family Medicine
  • Faculty physician since 2014

DALE R. AGNER, MD – Faculty Physician

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Graduate of Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Uniformed Services Univ. 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 L. AUTHIER, PhD – Clinical Psychologist 

  • Certified psychologist by the state of Nebraska
  • Graduate of Eastern Washington State College in Cheney, WA and the Univ. of Portland in Portland, OR
  • 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 your special interests. Clerkships are available every month and is available to third and fourth year medical students. If you are interested in a clerkship in family medicine, contact our Program Coordinator, Jill Leonard at 402.552.2097 or email: cfm@nebraskamed.com

Contact Us

Have questions? Please reach out!

Phone: 402.552.2050
Email: cfm@nebraskamed.com

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