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Family Medicine Residency Program Graduation Set for June 30

Jul 05, 2014 09:41PM ● By MED Magazine

The Rapid City Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program’s latest class of physician graduates includes, L-R, Ketura Talbot, M.D.; Jesse C. Washburn, D.O.; Jonathan J. Olson, M.D.; and Kimberly M. Kennedy, M.D.

Four physicians will graduate from the Rapid City Regional Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Monday, June 30.

Graduation festivities will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th St. Kimberly M. Kennedy, M.D., Jonathan J. Olson, M.D., Ketura Talbot, M.D., and Jesse C. Washburn, D.O. will receive diplomas for having completed the three-year residency program. Drs. Olson, Talbot and Washburn are the Chief Residents.

“These graduates have been an asset to this program,” said Kurt Stone, M.D., Family Medicine Residency Program Director. “I believe they will be a credit to the communities where they will practice medicine.”

In 1994, Rapid City Regional Hospital developed the Residency Program to help meet the region's need for family medicine physicians. It is the mission of the Residency Program to recruit and train medical school graduates to specialize in family medicine. The Residency Program also enables Regional Hospital to help rural communities gain access to well-trained family medicine physicians to care for citizens in their respective communities.

Tim Sughrue, CEO of Rapid City Regional Hospital, CEO of the Regional Health Network, and COO of Regional Health said the Residency Program's 19th graduation represents the culmination of many years of effort and collaboration between the Medical Staff, the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, and Rapid City Regional Hospital.

“I greatly appreciate everyone who has worked so diligently in making the Family Medicine Residency Program successful, enabling Rapid City Regional Hospital to help meet the need for family medicine physicians in our community and region,” Sughrue said.

Residents continuing their training include: Daniel T. Berens, D.O.; Patrick J. Blair, D.O.; Logan C. Frederickson, D.O.; Devin K. Higgins, D.O.; Virginia E. Hunter, D.O.; Robert A. Johnson, D.O.; Derrick J. Kuntz, M.D.; Jaron Miner, D.O.; Michael R. Nielson, D.O.; Jessica A. Ott, M.D.; Jaclyn N. Pohlers, D.O.; Megan K. Schuckman, M.D.; Brandy A. Tarap, M.D.

The Family Medicine Residency Program provides residents an opportunity to care for patients at the Family Medicine Residency Clinic, perform hospital rotations with physician mentors, and attend educational conferences. It models a traditional family medicine clinic by assigning each patient to a resident. The resident serves as the patient's primary caregiver during their three years of residency training. Each resident is under the supervision of a board certified physician.

The program utilizes the talents of a full-time faculty consisting of board certified family medicine physicians. The faculty includes: Wayne Plooster, D.O.; Bobbie Schneller, D.O.; Brian Smith, M.D.; Kurt Stone, M.D.; and Ruth Thatcher, M.D. The program is also supported by local volunteer physician faculty.

“The Residency Program will continue to train medical school graduates willing to serve underserved populations,” Dr. Stone said. “We look forward to honoring many more graduates in the future.”