UM Family Medicine Residency Program Announces New Class of Residents

March 21, 2016

MISSOULA – After receiving over 800 medical school applications and conducting approximately 110 interviews, the University of Montana’s Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana announced the results of its upcoming class of 10 training positions. The new class of family physician residents will start their three-year training at the end of June.

Interviews began in October and finished in early January. Interviewees then are ranked and matched through the National Resident Matching Program, using a computerized mathematical algorithm to line up the preferences of applicants with the preferences of program directors to fill training positions across the United States. The program provides an objective and fair process for matching applicants to residency programs.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our fourth residency class in June,” program director Dr. Ned Vasquez said. “We continue to be amazed and feel incredibly fortunate to have such excellent residents match with our program. With our mission of training family physicians for practice in the rural and underserved communities of Montana, we are optimistic that a high percentage of our residents will ultimately practice in rural and underserved areas.”

FMRWM prepares family physicians with a focus on comprehensive training that is needed to practice effectively in Montana’s rural and underserved areas. The program welcomed its first class of 10 in July 2013, and the inaugural class will graduate at the end of June. The creation of the program more than doubled the number of family medicine physicians trained in Montana each year and is expected to have a significant impact on the state’s shortage of primary care doctors in rural communities.

The 2019 class includes:

  • Caitlin Blau of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Dallas Clark of Pasco, Washington, who attended University of Washington School of Medicine.
  • Karen Coffman of Flagstaff, Arizona, who attended University of Arizona College of Medicine.
  • Julia Keyes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who attended Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • Matt Klippenstein of Reno, Nevada, who attended University of Nevada School of Medicine.
  • Rachel LaRocca of Surry, New Hampshire, who attended Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
  • Madeline Mussman of Big Sky, who attended Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Ruben Hipolito of Orange County, California, who attended Ross University School of Medicine.
  • Katie Williams of Flemington, New Jersey, who attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Kelby Wilson of Cottonwood, Idaho, who attended University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Headquartered in Missoula, FMRWM is sponsored by UM and affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. The program’s three sponsoring hospitals in western Montana include Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center. Residents are involved in continuity clinic training at Partnership Health Center in Missoula and Flathead Community Health Center in Kalispell.

Additionally, the program works with an extensive rural training network of nine sites, including Blackfeet Community Hospital, Northwest Community Health Center, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Clark Fork Valley Hospital, St. Luke Community Healthcare, Community Physicians Group-Stevensville, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Community Hospital of Anaconda and Barrett Hospital and Healthcare.

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Contact: Rebecca Morgan, project and communications manager, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, 406-544-5085,