Mary Free Bed enrolls next physical rehabilitation residency

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From left: Dr. Nathan Carlton, Dr. Jina Libby, Dr. Gregory White and Dr. John Paul Rizik. Courtesy Mary Free Bed

Four physicians selected from a poll of 300 applicants began post-graduate training in Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency.

Nathan Carlton, M.D.; Jina Libby, D.O.; Gregory White, D.O.; and John Paul Rizik, D.O., are the four applicants who make up the class of 2023. They are the most recent participants in the program after Mary Free Bed graduated its first physical rehabilitation residency class in June.

This is the fourth class in the Mary Free Bed rehabilitation residency, with two other classes now on their second and third year.

Dr. Carlton graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed a transitional year at Spectrum Health, both in Grand Rapids.

Dr. Libby is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She completed her internship at Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

A graduate of A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri, Dr. White completed an internship at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson.

Dr. Rizik earned his medical degree at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. He completed his internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Livonia.

The residency encompasses clinical, educational and research opportunities in all areas of PM&R. Clinical rotations are based at Mary Free Bed, which provides comprehensive rehabilitation services including acute, sub-acute and outpatient rehabilitation, as well as home health care.

Mary Free Bed received permanent accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as a sponsoring institution, as well as a residency program. The physicians gain experience in all clinical areas, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple traumas, amputation, cancer and other diagnoses.

Applications are being accepted for the next PM&R Residency program that begins in 2022. To submit materials, apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service at aamc.org.

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