SVMC Podiatry Residency Graduates Two Residents

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has graduated two residents in the Podiatry Residency Program.

At a gathering of health system leadership, faculty, and fellow residents, Suzanne McGuire, DPM, and Evan Yoo, DPM, were awarded certificates of completion on the evening of Thursday, June 28, at the Mount Anthony Country Club.

Dr. McGuire will be joining the practices of Dr. William Sarchino, DPM, Podiatry Residency program director, in Bennington, Vt., and Greenwich, N.Y. Dr. Yoo has secured a position with Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists in Frederick, Maryland

Six residents remain in the program. They are third-year residents McCamie Patterson and Jeffrey Pantano, second-year residents Cody Anderson and Kurt Malkames, and incoming first years Shazad Buksh and Breton Fox.

For more information about the Podiatry Residency at SVMC, visit the website svhealthcare.org/podiatry-residency or call 802-447-5558.


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