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Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine Residency

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We are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive primary care training through a rural osteopathic residency program that aims to be both rigorous and personally fulfilling.

Monroe Clinic developed a Rural Family Medicine Residency program to foster the development of physicians committed to rural practice in the Midwest.  Faculty and staff are committed to fostering your personal and professional growth in a supportive, collegial environment without competition from other learners.  Monroe Clinic was recognized as the first rural training program in the country by AOA in 2015 and in 2017 the program achieved ACGME accreditation.  The program demonstrates a commitment to its osteopathic roots through ACGME Osteopathic Recognition. 

The program offers unique training experiences including:

  • Ultrasound training
  • Osteopathic workshops/journal clubs
  • Procedural training workshops
  • Critical care didactics
  • Emergency medicine didactics
  • Inpatient chalk talks
  • High fidelity simulation lab

Residents see a variety of patients and learn a variety of procedures offering a well-rounded training experience.  A new residency clinic opened in 2020 offering opportunities for team-based care as well as collaboration with the pharmacy residency program.  Residents have access to training resources through partnerships with UIC Rockford and Midwestern University including research, libraries, and training opportunities. 

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The Monroe Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program will be participating in the NRMP match. The program accepts applications through ERAS with interviews scheduled October 2021 through January of 2022.

The program has received osteopathic recognition with ACGME and requires MD applicants to have 120 hours of osteopathic training and clinical experience in osteopathic training.  Additionally, a letter of recommendation from a DO physician must be provided which demonstrates hands-on treatment experience and understanding of basic OMT techniques.  Candidates must also take and pass the CORRE exam administered through the NBOME in order to be ranked. https://www.nbome.org/exams-assessments/corre.  The 120 hour training requirement can be met through courses offered by an approved organization or AACOM medical school.  Courses should include osteopathic philosophy (OPP), anatomy and physiology related to osteopathic medicine, indications/contraindications associated with OMT, and how to complete an osteopathic structural examination.  Candidates must provide documentation indicating the criteria has been met and a selection committee will review for consideration to interview.

All applicants must be within 2 years of graduation from medical school and the program only allows for one failure on COMLEX Step I and Step II combined.  Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee an interview with the program due to the limited number of available slots each interview season.  Monroe Clinic does not sponsor J1 visas.  Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Please email MON-fmresidency@ssmhealth.com for more information on the program. 


Current Residents

PGY-1 Jason Christenson, DO

PGY-1 Zachary Coffman, DO

PGY-1 Landon Shea, DO

PGY-2 Sarah Pope, DO

PGY-2 Michael Roesch, DO

PGY-2 Erica Yamamoto, DO

PGY-3 Mark Porvanznik, DO

PGY-3 James George, DO

PGY-3 Jacob Becker, DO

PGY-3 Jeremy Kim, DO

PGY-3 Nikitasha Aggarwal, DO


Residency Faculty

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

Joshua Schulist, MD - Associate Program Director

Eli Burks, MD, MBA - Core faculty

Michele Roelli, MD - Core Faculty

Lindsay Geier, MD - Residency Faculty

Mark Patterson, DO - Residency Faculty

Casey Totten, DO - Residency Faculty

David Rebedew, MD - Residency Faculty

Ameen Taleb, MD - Residency Faculty



Bhuvaneswari Durairaj, DO - 2021

Joy Ryland, DO - 2021

Mark Blomberg, DO - 2020

Tyler Manley, DO - 2020

Brittany Blomberg, DO - 2019

Benjamin Chao, DO - 2019

Mark Patterson, DO - 2019

Serene Bethune, DO – 2018


The residency is offered as an integrated rural program, providing top-quality training at both Monroe Clinic and Swedish American Hospital during training.  Residents spend a total of 6 months in Rockford which are spread out during the three years of residency.  The program also requires a one-month rotation at Minnesota Children’s in Minneapolis.  For required away rotations, the program provides complimentary housing, meal stipends, and mileage reimbursement to residents.   


Block Schedule

2020-2021 Block Diagram


Current Salaries
OGME-1   $58,026
OGME-2   $59,500
OGME-3   $61,500


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 paid time off
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • On-site employee fitness center
  • Resident call room    
  • Meal stipend
  • Laptop computer during residency
  • Two lab coats with laundering service
  • Access to educational library resources through Midwestern University and 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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