HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – John D. Apgar, D.O., has been selected as the April Resident of the Month for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, announced Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean of graduate medical education.
Apgar is completing his third and final year as co-chief of the family medicine residency at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
“It is always an honor to recognize a resident that is highly regarded for their professionalism and engagement of all members of the health care team to provide the best possible patient care,” Wehner said.
Apgar’s nomination for the award applauded his many positive qualities as a doctor, colleague and friend as well as his exceptional patient communication skills.
“John is a natural leader, assuming responsibility for educating fellow residents, staff and his patients,” wrote Morgan Stickler, M.D., assistant professor of family and community health, in her nomination. “He goes above and beyond the expected with his patients, his peers and the residency as a whole – often volunteering his time to help others who need support not only with patient care, but also with life outside of work. He spends extra time with his patients and relates to them in terms they understand. Dr. Apgar’s patients never have questions about the plan once he leaves the room—he demonstrates what it truly means to be a family physician and is a role model for all residents.”
The Huntington, West Virginia native, received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Marshall University and his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He and his wife, Meghan, have two children. After completing his residency in June, Apgar will join Valley Health Systems and continue to serve the Huntington community.
As part of his recognition, Apgar received a plaque and designated parking spot.
Photo: April Resident of the Month John D. Apgar, D.O., right, with Family Medicine Residency Director Tammy L. Bannister, M.D.
Media Contact: Michele McKnight, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, 304-691-1713
Date Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2022