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Third-Year Residents

Marlen Midthune, MD blonde woman with glasses

  • Medical School: Universität Hamburg Medizinische Fakultät
  • Medical Interests: Behavioral Health in Primary Care, Geriatrics, Preventive Care, Women’s Health.
  • Personal Interests: Being outdoors (walking, hiking, bike riding, etc.) in beautiful Minnesota. Baking, family and lake time.
  • Why St. Cloud? St. Cloud is a unique program, where the residency team truly cares about their residents – professionally and personally.

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Daniel O’Connor, MD

  • Medical School: St. George’s University
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Medicine. I had trouble choosing between specialties but I liked parts of them all. So, family medicine will allow me to tailor my practice.
  • Personal Interests: Singing, hunting, fishing, reading, cooking, theater, spending time with family and friends.
  • Why St. Cloud? I grew up in Cold Spring and before I left for medical school I had heard about the family medicine residency in St. Cloud and it was always in the back of my mind. So, in my fourth year of medical school, I decided to do a rotation in St. Cloud and was very impressed by how much the faculty and residents loved teaching and learning from each other. Everyone was very nice. I knew this would be the perfect place because they are focused on training rural family medicine physicians. It also didn't hurt that it is so close to home.

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Adei Shaqra, DO

  • Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum medicine – including Geriatrics, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Hospitalist, Transgender Health and Sports Medicine.
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy basketball, music, cooking, reading, travel, outdoor sports and spending time with my family.
  • Why St. Cloud? The program’s focus on full-spectrum care and dedication to the success of its residents. The community is a welcoming, diverse one close to both rural outdoor and big city attractions, close to lakes and the Twin Cities so every weekend can be something new.

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Siri Shaqra, DO

  • Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Medicine with specific interests in Women's Health, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.
  • Personal Interests: Running, hiking, spending time outdoors (especially canoeing or any lake activities), cooking, traveling, playing board games and spending time with friends and family.
  • Why St. Cloud? The family medicine program in St. Cloud clearly stood out to me as the ideal place to train. The residents are a cohesive team and the faculty are passionate teachers, committed to developing excellent family physicians. I was surprised by how large the hospital is; there is certainly no shortage of great learning experiences, especially since we are the only residents at the hospital. Being located in Central Minnesota makes it an ideal place to learn how to care for rural communities as well. I am confident that whatever route I choose in family medicine, this residency program will leave me well-prepared.

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Zareen Zaka, MBBS

  • Medical School: Army Medical College
  • Medical Interests: Full-spectrum Family Practice, Immigrant Health, Global Medicine, Integrative Medicine.
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with family, calligraphy, traveling and cooking
  • Why St. Cloud? During my rotation at St. Cloud Hospital, I experienced firsthand, the exposure to a variety of disciplines in the primary care and immigrant health. Additionally, welcoming and supportive faculty and residents, who encouraged questions and enjoy teaching the evidence-based practices, brought CentraCare to the top of my favorite training sites. I chose St. Cloud Family Medicine residency to be trained not only in an unopposed residency setting but also to serve a diverse community. I am thrilled to be part of a skilled medical professionals team that focuses on providing patient care with compassion and excellence.