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Munson family practice residents staying in northern Michigan

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The Munson Healthcare family practice residency program prepares residents for a wide variety of of care including inpatient, outpatient even obstetrics with a focus on working in rural communities.


The Munson Healthcare family practice residency program prepares residents for a wide variety of of care including inpatient, outpatient even obstetrics with a focus on working in rural communities.

Family medicine residency director at Munson Medical Center, J. William Rawlin says they're seeing a significant increase with residents deciding to stay with Munson Healthcare after residency.

"Historically from the mid-90s about 42% of our residents have taken a position in the Munson Healthcare system but we're seeing those numbers go up in the last couple of years," says Rawlin

Rawlin says family medicine in general is on the rise and there are more medical students every year.

"I believe our residency program has developed a reputation for delivering high quality training for people who want family medicine in rural training. So, we are seeing people from all over the country," says Rawlin.

This increase in retention with the residency program is something Rawlin credits to an expanding Munson Healthcare system.

"When you look at Munson Medical Center as a healthcare entity, the expanded services we've had over the years it's very attractive to medical students and along with the quality of care delivered at Munson. All those things play a role," says Rawlin.

Katie Krezoski-Evans is a family practice physician at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital's Empire clinic. She graduated from Munson's residency program and decided to stay with the healthcare system.

"I'm from Milwaukee. My husband is from Honor, so Benzie County. It was a priority for us to remain in the area," says Krezoski-Evans.

She says being part of the residency program enabled her to make connections that now impact her day to day patient care.

"It was great to already be here to be able to establish that relationship there and I wanted to stay. Knowing the specialists and referrals ahead of time was really nice," says Krezoski-Evans

Cyrus Ghaemi also a family medicine physician stayed with Munson Healthcare through the Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital's Empire clinic.

"It's nice to be able to stay in a region where you've done your training...What I really like about it was that it was an unopposed residency program. So, there's so much more intimate access to all the educational opportunities for us compared to other places with ten to 15 other specialties also training," says Ghaemi.

The majority of residency rotations happen at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

Rawlin says competition for the program has gone up and Munson Healthcare typically receives about one to two thousand applicants every year. They're then filtered down to 200, and residency staff eventually interview 50 or 60 candidates for six residency positions.

For more information about the residency program click here.

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