2006-05-20 / News

Summer Resident Physician Rotation Underway

Bryon Boley, M.D. Bryon Boley, M.D. Throughout the summer, Mackinac Island Town Crier will introduce incoming resident physicians training at the Mackinac Island Medical Center.

The Medical Center's resident doctor program brings in licensed physicians on twoweek or four-week rotations to gain more experience in the family practice field. It has been in operation since the mid1980s.

Once physicians are licensed to practice medicine, they participate in a three-year family practice program with medical facilities outside the university to gain board certification in family practice, said the Medical Center's year-around physician, Dr. Don Weersing.

About 20 residents will rotate this summer, usually two at a time.

The program provides the Medical Center with additional staffing during the busy tourism season, while providing the resident doctors with clinical experience outside the large university setting, said Dr. Weersing.

The resident physicians and their families are housed in the Medical Center's apartments on the third floor.

The following are the two residential doctors on staff at Mackinac Island Medical Center this week.

Bryon Boley, M.D.

Rotation dates: May 7 to May 21

Dr. Bryon Boley is enjoying his second stint at the Mackinac Island Medical Center. Originally from Kalamazoo, he is a third-year doctor from Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center.

Dr. Boley arrived on the Island Sunday, May 7. He has served in the United States Army and has been a pastor, a teacher, and a health official.

"I got a late start in this field, but I really wanted to be a doctor and I'm enjoying the experience so far," he said.

He has a wife, Debby, who he has been married to for almost 31 years, and a 12-yearold son, David.

Dr. Boley said he is enjoying his time on the Island this year, although business is a bit more slower than his experience last summer, when he arrived during the Island's annual Lilac Festival in early June.

"I've enjoyed just walking around and looking in all the shops," he said. "I really enjoy the peace and quiet here."

Ehtaisham Mohammed, M.D.

Rotation dates: May 14 to May 28

Dr. Ehtaisham Mohammed, who received both his undergraduate and medical education in India, is serving a two-week rotation at the Medical Center as part of his rotational residency with Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Dr. Mohammed, who is

in his second year of residency, also received a master's degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

"I think it's very exciting for me," he said of his experience. "First of all, I've never lived on an island before."

He said that he was surprised at the quality of the Island's facility, especially since he did not know what to expect.

Dr. Mohammed, who works alternate 24-hour shifts, is on the Island with his wife and two children, who, he said, "have really been enjoying the ice cream."

As for himself, Dr. Mohammed said that he is "really enjoying the natural scenic beauty of the Island," and is looking forward to visiting Fort Mackinac and Grand Hotel before he leaves.

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