Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine Residency

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Family Medicine Residency FAQs

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 was accredited by ACGME.  The program demonstrates a commitment to osteopathic training and achieved ACGME Osteopathic Recognition in 2018. 

A new residency clinic opened in June 2019 and the hospital facilities provide state of the art training opportunities including ultrasound, procedural workshops, and simulation.  Residents have access to training resources through partnerships with UIC Rockford and Des Moines University including research, libraries, and training opportunities.  In addition to the residency program, Monroe Clinic offers fellowships to family medicine physicians in Rural Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine.
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The Monroe Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program has dual accreditation with ACGME and AOA. For 2019, the program will be participating in both the NRMP match. The Rural Family Medicine Residency Program accepts applications through ERAS.

The program has received osteopathic recognition with ACGME and requires all MD applicants to have 120 hours of osteopathic training, clinical experience in osteopathic training, and a letter of recommendation from a DO physician to be considered for an interview.  The 120 hour training requirement can be met through courses offered by an approved organization or AACOM medical school.  Several osteopathic medical schools offer continuing medical education (CME) courses that are open to MDs. Candidates who can provide documentation indicating they meet this criteria will be referred to a selection committee for consideration to interview.  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.

Please email for more information on the program.  Monroe Clinic does not sponsor J1 visas.  Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.


Current Residents

PGY-1 Mark Porvanznik, DO

PGY-1 James George, DO

PGY-1 Jacob Becker, DO

PGY-1 Jeremy Kim, DO

PGY-2 Bhuvaneswari Durairaj, DO

PGY-2 Joy Ryland, DO

PGY-2 Nikitasha Aggarwal, DO

PGY-3 Mark Blomberg, DO

PGY-3 Tyler Manley, DO


Residency Faculty

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

Eli Burks, MD, MBA - Residency faculty

Timothy Hamel, MD – Residency Faculty

Amy Johnson, MD – Residency Faculty

Michael Muise, MD – Residency Faculty

Mark Patterson, DO - Residency Faculty

David Rebedew, MD – Core Faculty

Michele Roelli, MD - Residency Faculty

Joshua Schulist, MD - Core Faculty

Ameen Taleb, MD - Residency Faculty



Brittany Blomberg, DO - 2019

Benjamin Chao, DO - 2019

Mark Patterson, DO - 2019

Serene Bethune, DO – 2018


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 blocks)
  • Cardiology
  • ICU
  • Family Medicine Inpatient (3 blocks)
  • Renal
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Sports Med/Orthopedics
  • General Surgery
  • Inpatient Pediatrics/NICU

 Second Year

  • Community Medicine
  • Gynecology
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Inpatient (2 blocks)
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics
  • Ophthalmology/Urology
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Emergency Medicine (2 blocks)
  • General Surgery
  • Elective

 Third Year

  • Gastroenterology (2 weeks)
  • Inpatient (2 blocks)
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • ENT
  • Geriatrics
  • Imaging (2 weeks)
  • Practice Management
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology (2 weeks)
  • Occupational Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics
  • Palliative Medicine (2 weeks)
  • Elective (4)


Current Salaries
OGME-1   $56,000
OGME-2   $58,000
OGME-3   $60,000


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 Des Moines 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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