UM Family Medicine Residency Program Announces Class of 2021

March 22, 2018

MISSOULA – After receiving more than 1,200 applications and conducting about 120 interviews, the University of Montana’s Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana has announced its 2021 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 end of June.

Interviews began in October and finished in early January. The matching program provides an objective, fair process for matching applicants to residency programs through a computerized mathematical algorithm, which lines up preferences to fill training positions across the United States. This year, the program predicts its largest match in history.

“The resident recruiting visibility of FMRWM has risen dramatically since we sought our first class in 2012,” said Ned Vasquez, director of the UM program. “We interviewed medical students from more than 30 schools in the most recent interviewing cycle, and the overall quality of applicants continues to rise. We will have residents from four medical schools not previously represented in the 2021 class.”

Vasquez said the recruiting process remains highly focused on identifying students who ultimately will be more likely to practice in rural Montana communities. To date, 61 percent of FMRWM graduates practice in Montana and 89 percent practice in rural communities or community health centers.

“We expect these numbers to increase with the graduation of the 2018 class,” he said.

The 2021 class includes:

  • Margie Albers of Billings. Attended the University of Washington.
  • Emily Anderson of Philomath, Oregon. Attended the Western University of Health Sciences.
  • Carey Downey of Pocatello, Idaho. Attended the University of Utah.
  • Ariel Fillmore of Salt Lake City. Attended the University of Utah.
  • Geoffrey Holman of Stanford, California. Attended Tulane University.
  • Sarah Horne of Houston. Attended Baylor College.
  • James Jennings of Cooperstown, New York. Attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Kelsey Morgosh of Bozeman. Attended the University of Arizona.
  • Chelsea Russig of Lewistown. Attended Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Eric Weber of Berkeley, California. Attended the University of Kentucky.

 FMRWM focuses on the comprehensive training needed to effectively practice in Montana’s rural and underserved areas. The program’s inaugural class began in July 2013 and graduated in June 2016. Aiming to positively impact the state’s shortage of primary care doctors in rural communities, the program has more than doubled the number of family medicine physicians trained in Montana annually.

Headquartered in Missoula, FMRWM is sponsored by UM and affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. The program’s sponsoring hospitals in western Montana are Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula and Community Medical Center in Missoula. 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 10 sites: 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, Barrett Hospital and Healthcare and Central Montana Medical Center.

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