UM Family Medicine Residency Program Announces Class of 2022

March 26, 2019

MISSOULA – After receiving more than 1,000 applications and conducting 125 interviews, the University of Montana’s Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana has announced its 2022 class of incoming residents.

The new class of 10 family physician residents, selected through the national Resident Matching program, will start its three-year training at the beginning of July.

The 2022 class includes:

  • Genevieve Birang of Poulsbo, Washington, from Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Zachary Carlson of Shevlin, Minnesota, from Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • Grayson Cobb of Richmond, Virginia, from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
  • Mallory Koula of Kimberly, Wisconsin, from Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • Michelle Metcalf of Lafayette, Indiana, from Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Shannon Rossio of Carleton, Michigan, from University of Toledo College of Medicine.
  • Patrick Sweeney of Winchester, Kentucky, from Tulane University.
  • Kathryn Walicki of Hartland, Michigan, from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Kayla Whitmore of Fairfax, Vermont, from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Nick Zakovich of Walled Lake, Michigan, from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The resident matching program objectively matches applicants to residencies through a computerized mathematical algorithm, which lines up applicant preferences to available training positions across the United States. This year, the program predicts its largest match in history, exceeding the more than 43,000 applicants who registered for the 2018 match.

“We are thrilled to welcome an outstanding group of future family physicians to western Montana,” said Dr. Rob Stenger, incoming program director for FMRWM.

The mission of FMRWM is to develop family physicians who are compassionate, clinically competent and motivated to serve patients and communities in rural and underserved areas of Montana. Almost three-quarters of the residents practice in Montana, and 80 percent practice in rural and underserved areas.

Headquartered in Missoula and sponsored by UM, FMRWM is affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. The program’s sponsoring hospitals in western Montana are Kalispell Regional Healthcare and Missoula’s Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center. Residents are involved in continuity 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 10 sites: Blackfeet Community Hospital, Northwest Community Health Center, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Clark Fork Valley Hospital, St. Luke Community Healthcare, St. James Healthcare and Southwest Montana Community Health Center in Butte, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Community Hospital of Anaconda, Barrett Hospital and Healthcare and Central Montana Medical Center.

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Contact: Jessica Tripp, administrative associate, UM Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, 406-258-4434,