Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine Residency

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Family Medicine Residency FAQs

Monroe Clinic developed a new Rural Family Medicine Residency program which started in 2015.  The program is the first AOA accredited rural training track in the country.  This unopposed program allows for ample teaching and hands-on experience without competition from other residents.
While the program is new, Monroe Clinic has over 60 years of experience hosting medical students and residents on rural rotations.  More than 75% of the 80 employed physicians share their experience and medical expertise with learners focusing on the essentials of high quality and compassionate care.  In addition to the residency, Monroe Clinic offers fellowships to family medicine physicians in Rural Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine.
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Monroe Clinic received ACGME initial accreditation in October 2017.  For the current recruitment season, the program will be participating in the NMS match (AOA) due to the high quality of applicants and limited number of interview slots.  Osteopathic medical students matching into our program via the NMS match will be enrolled in a dual-accredited program.  

The Rural Family Medicine Residency Program accepts applications through ERAS.  The AOA program number is 362337.  Osteopathic candidates can apply via NatMatch and invitations to interview will be extended by email after review of application materials.  Please email for more information on how to apply through the match or with any other questions regarding the new program. At this time the family medicine residency program is not sponsoring J1 visas.  Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.


Current Residents




Residency Faculty

CJ Smith, DO – Site Director, Osteopathic Program Director/DME

David Rebedew, MD – Residency Faculty

Amy Johnson, MD – Residency Faculty

Michael Yeh, MD – Residency Faculty

Timothy Hamel, MD – Residency Faculty

Michael Muise, MD – Residency Faculty

Ather Ali, MD – Residency Faculty

Gaines Richardson, MD - Residency Faculty

Anne Wilson, MD - Residency Faculty

Eli Burks, MD - Residency faculty

The residency is offered in the 1-2 format, providing top-quality training in the urban setting of Rockford Illinois through a partnership with the University of Illinois at Rockford during the first year.  This is followed by two years of training at Monroe Clinic which provides residents with the opportunity to learn family-centered care in a rural setting from experienced faculty.
Residents will provide care to a full spectrum of patients from newborn to geriatric in the Family Medicine Center.  The osteopathic curriculum which is provided in partnership with the HEARTLAND OPTI/Des Moines University, provides opportunities for residents to enhance OMM/OPP skills through training, workshops, and hands-on experience. 


Block Schedule

First Year

OB (3)



Family Medicine Inpatient (3)


Emergency Medicine

Sports Med/Orthopedics

General Surgery



Second Year

Community Medicine


Inpatient Pediatrics

Ambulatory Pediatrics


Behavioral Medicine


Emergency Medicine

General Surgery


Palliative Medicine


Pediatric Urgent Care

Third Year


Pulmonary Medicine



Practice Management



Occupational Medicine

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Elective (4)


2016-2017 Resident Salary
OGME-1 $54,000
OGME-2 $56,000
OGME-3 $58,000

Resident Benefit Highlights

  • Health and dental insurance coverage effective the first day of employment
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance with the option to purchase additional coverage
  • 20 days of combined time off
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • On-site employee fitness center
  • Resident call room    
  • Meals while on hospital duty
  • Smart phone during residency
  • Laptop computer during residency
  • Two lab coats with laundering service
  • Access to educational library resources through UIC Rockford including online databases and electronic journals/textbooks

A complete description of benefits is provided to candidates interviewing with the program.


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