Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine Residency

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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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The Monroe Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program has dual accreditation with ACGME and AOA. For 2018, the program will be participating in both the NRMP and NMS match systems. The Rural Family Medicine Residency Program accepts applications through ERAS. The AOA program number is 362337 and the ACGME program number is 1205600677.

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.  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 Bhuvaneswari Durairaj, DO

PGY-1 Joy Ryland, DO

PGY-1 Nikitasha Aggarwal, DO

PGY-2 Mark Blomberg, DO

PGY-2 Tyler Manley, DO

PGY-3 Benjamin Chao, DO

PGY-3 Brittany Blomberg, DO

PGY-3  Mark Patterson, 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

David Rebedew, MD – Core Faculty

Michele Roelli, MD - Residency Faculty

Joshua Schulist, MD - Core Faculty

Ameen Taleb, 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 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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