Sunday, ten new family medicine physicians will graduate from the University of Montana's Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana program. The goal of the program is to "train the next generation of health practitioners and researchers, with a focus on not only serving Montana and its needs, but also the world," according to College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences Dean Reed Humphrey. There are 10 training sites, including Hamilton, and it is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Graduating in a 4 p.m. ceremony at the Ranch Club in Missoula will be Madeline Mussman of Hamilton, Caitlin Blau and Julia Gruetzmacher of Missoula, Ruben Hipolito of Kalispell, Dallas Clark of Red Lodge, Matt Klippenstein of Reno, NV, Rachel LaRocca of Woodstock, Vermont, Karen Vesely of Whitefish, Katie Williams of Lewistown and Kelby Wilson of Grangeville. Prior graduates are now in Hamilton, Browning, Helena, Kalispell, Libby, Missoula, Polson, Ronan, Red Lodge and Whitefish. The program has moved Montana from 50th to 46th in the nation for graduate medical education positions per capita, according to a UM news release.

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